About the Colorado River Alliance


Champion the long-term vitality of the Texas Colorado River through education and engagement.


A healthy, flowing river is imperative to the long-term well-being of the communities through which it runs. With a commitment to innovation and collaboration, the Alliance provides educational and engagement activities that empower Texans with knowledge and tools to protect the Texas Colorado River and ensure its long-term vitality.

Founded in 1994 with support from LCRA, the Alliance is now a standalone 501(c)3 leading programs which reach 15,000 community members and school children annually. The Colorado River Alliance continues to partner with LCRA to provide river stewardship education and be a champion for the people, ecosystems, communities, and businesses that depend on this precious natural resource. 

The Alliance’s primary goal is to educate today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders, ensuring a legacy of a healthy river, sustainable use of water resources, and communities dedicated to protection and conservation.


Adrienne Longenecker

Adrienne Longenecker

Executive Director

Serving as the Executive Director at Colorado River Alliance, Adrienne drives the organization’s strategic growth, partnership development, and oversees the talented and dedicated staff team. Prior to her current role at Colorado River Alliance, Adrienne worked as a Chief Operating Officer with Hill Country Conservancy, where she was responsible for strategic direction for all operational areas including finance and budgeting, HR, educational programs, volunteerism, communications, marketing, and resource development and helped lead the design the first strategic plan for the organization. 

A passionate community servant well-known for vision, creativity, and consensus building, Adrienne volunteers as Vice Chair of External Relations for the Board of Directors of the Global Association of Fundraising Professionals and as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Austin Outside, a group that champions outdoor places for all throughout Greater Austin.

Adrienne attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Adrienne enjoys yoga and taking long walk with her son and two dogs. 


Katie Bedrich

Katie Bedrich

Program Director

Katie works with a wide range of schools, educators, and service groups to inspire our future river stewards, with the goal of engaging students from underrepresented and underserved populations.

She manages a passionate team of volunteers and interns to teach elementary school students the importance of conserving and protecting the Texas Colorado River through the Redbud Field Trip Program. Katie also plans and facilitates environmental action and community outreach events, including creek cleanups and restorations in the Austin area.

Katie holds a B.A. in journalism and Spanish from The University of Alabama.


Emily Rafferty

Program Coordinator

Emily graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Sustainability Studies. She is pursuing her passion for sustainability at the CRA by working to educate the local community and future environmental stewards on the importance of water conservation and the Colorado River.

She instills an enthusiasm for water science in 7th graders all over the river basin by bringing the Mobile River to schools for an immersive experience. Emily also coordinates the Lake Travis Cleanup program which brings Central Texans together to clean the waters and shoreline of Lake Travis.

Emily loves spending time outside, practicing yoga, and gardening in her free time.


Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President: John Erskine, Chief Publishing Officer, Cloud Imperium Games Corporation

Secretary: Jennifer Walker, Senior Water Program Manager, National Wildlife Federation

Treasurer: Chip Bray, Central Texas Area President, Prosperity Bank

Development Chair: John Pitts, Jr., Principal, Texas Star Alliance

At-Large Officer: Stephanie J. Moore, Senior Hydrologist, INTERA Incorporated

At-Large Officer: Wade Webster, President & Chief Operating Officer, Pinnergy

Board Members

Susan Bufkin, Educator, Community Volunteer

Susan Butler, Global Technology Lead, Integrated Water Resources Management, Jacobs

Breck Harrison, Litigation Partner, Jackson Walker, LLP

Hondo Powell, Vice President of Regional Affairs, Lower Colorado River Authority

Augusto Villalon, Account Director, Freese and Nichols

David Yeates, Senior Vice President Commercial Lending, Prosperity Bank

Justin Westmoreland, Regional President Central Texas Area, Prosperity Bank

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 • Joseph Beal • Kyndel Bennett • Paul Bury • John Dickerson, III • Gary Farmer • Dan Herd • Laura Huffman

Arthur Milberger • Robert Neblett • Peter Pincoffs • Pat Robertson

Andy Sansom • Ray Wilkerson • Peggy Winkler

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