About The Colorado River Alliance

Our mission & history

At the Colorado River Alliance, we believe that a healthy, flowing river is imperative to the long-term well-being of our communities and our state. Our mission is to champion the long-term vitality of the Texas Colorado River through education and engagement.

We dedicate resources, time, and energy to educating Texans about how the Texas Colorado River supports us and how, in turn, we can ensure its long-term vitality. Founded in 1994 and based in Austin, Texas, the Alliance has been promoting responsible stewardship of the Texas Colorado River for over 20 years, and we continue that stewardship by increasing citizen knowledge of the river’s economic and environmental importance. Along with serving as a champion for the river and for the communities and businesses that depend on it, it is the Alliance’s goal to educate today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders, ensuring a lasting legacy of a healthy river, sustainable use of water resources, and communities dedicated to protection and conservation.

The Alliance was initially created with support from LCRA, and it separated from LCRA in 1999. We continue to partner with LCRA on education programs to maximize river stewardship education. The Colorado River Alliance is an independent nonprofit that fosters and brings together active voices for a healthy, flowing river. With programs that reach 14,000 community members and schoolchildren annually, the Colorado River Alliance strives to be a champion for the people, ecosystems, communities, and businesses that depend on this precious natural resource.

Our team & leadership

Our Team:

Executive Director – Melissa Miller
Director of Outreach and Operations – Scott Sticker
Director of Development – Keri Kelley Pearson
Redbud Program Manager – Katie Bedrich
Mobile River Program Manager – Lauren Bos

Our Board of Directors:

Executive Committee

President: John Erskine, Studio Director, VP of Publishing, Cloud Imperium Games, Inc
Secretary: Jennifer Walker, Senior Water Program Manager, National Wildlife Federation
Treasurer: Chip Bray, Central Texas Area President, Prosperity Bank
Past President: Jim DeCosmo, Community volunteer
Development Committee Chair: John Pitts, Jr., Principal, Texas Star Alliance
At-Large Officer
: John Burke, Owner, John E. Burke & Associates, and Chair, Region K Regional Water Planning Group (Lower Colorado)
At-Large Officer
: Emily Warren, Water Program Officer, Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation

Board Members

Steve Balas, Pharmacist and Owner, Eagle Lake Drugstore, and Rice Farmer
Susan Butler, Global Technology Lead – Integrated Water Resources Management, Jacobs
Breck Harrison, Litigation Partner, Jackson Walker, LLP
Tom Hegemier, Senior Project Manager, Doucet and Associates, Inc.
Melissa Hurst, Vice President, Rifeline
Keith Jackson, Senior Vice-President, HNTB
Stephanie J. Moore, Principal Hydrologist, Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc.
Susan Turrieta, President, Smith Turrieta Engineering
Augusto Villalon, Account Director, Freese and Nichols
Wade Webster, President and Chief Operating Officer, Pinnergy, Ltd.
David Yeates, CEO, Texas Wildlife Association

Our Advisory Council:

Under the direction of Founding Member Ray Wilkerson, the Advisory Council members serve as critical community champions for the Colorado River Alliance. With key stakeholders and decision-makers from throughout the Colorado River basin, members share their gifts in service to our mission by providing professional expertise; their diverse knowledge of constituent perspectives; their connections to local and regional resources, colleagues, and peers; and their philanthropic support. The Advisory Council has no governing function within the organization.

Pam Akins, Community volunteer
Carole Baker, Texas Water Foundation
Joseph Beal, Beal Consulting
Paul Bury, Community Volunteer

Kyndel Bennett, Cayetano Development
John Dickerson, III, Edward Jones
Gary Farmer, Heritage Title & Heritage Exchange Corporation of Texas
Dan Herd, Herd Partners
Laura Huffman, Nature Conservancy, Texas
Arthur J. Milberger, Turf Grass America

Robert Neblett, Jackson Walker
Peter Pincoffs, Wortham Insurance & Risk Management
Pat Robertson, UBS Financial Services
Marc Rodriguez, The Offices of Marc A. Rodriguez
Andy Sansom, Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University
Ray Wilkerson, Ray Wilkerson Companies
Peggy Winkler, Winkler Family Foundation

Our Endowment Board:

The Friends of the Colorado River Endowment is a separate 501(c)(3) corporation that manages a small fund to support the Colorado River Alliance’s programs.

President: Jim DeCosmo, Community volunteer
Vice President: Mike McHenry, Wedding Oak Winery
Treasurer: Robert Neblett, Jackson Walker
Secretary: Ray Wilkerson, Ray Wilkerson Companies
Trustee: Steve Cooper, Emerald Ag Investments

Our partners & sponsors

We are proud to partner with the following organizations and agencies:
Austin Independent School District
Bay City Independent School District
Austin Water and the Watershed Protection Department at the City of Austin
Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)
San Angelo Independent School District
Save Barton Creek Association
Travis County Parks

Our corporate partners believe in our mission to champion the long-term vitality of the Colorado River, and we appreciate their support of our education and engagement programs:

Legacy Leaders


Prosperity Bank

River Allies

Transparency hub

The following documents are provided in an effort to create transparency in our programs and operations.

Each fall, we crunch our evaluation data from the previous program year (July 1st through June 30th) and produce a report on our two core education programs.

Mobile River Program Annual Report: 2017-2018

Mobile River Program Annual Report: 2016-2017

Mobile River Program Annual Report: 2015-2016

Redbud Field-Trip Program Annual Report: 2017-2018

Redbud Field-Trip Program Annual Report: 2016-2017

Redbud Field-Trip Program Annual Report: 2015-2016

Click below to download copies of our recent organizational tax returns, known as IRS Forms 990, for 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations. (Our fiscal year runs from July 1st through June 30th.)

Colorado River Alliance Form 990 – FY2016-2017

Colorado River Alliance Form 990 – FY2015-2016

Colorado River Alliance Form 990 – FY2014-2015

Colorado River Alliance Form 990 – FY2013-2014

Click below to download a copy of our recent financial audits, completed by an external Certified Public Accountant.

FY2016-2017 – Financial Audit

FY2015-2016 – Financial Audit

FY2014-2015 – Financial Audit

FY2013-2014 – Financial Audit

Contact us

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 50029
Austin, TX 78763

Physical Address:

3625 Lake Austin Boulevard
Austin, TX 78703

Parking: Click Here to View A Map

Phone: 512-498-1587

E-mail: contact@coloradoriver.org