Jeff Walker Executive Administrator
Jeff Walker was named Executive Administrator of the TWDB on May 19, 2016. He has served in various positions at the TWDB for more than 25 years, including as an agricultural conservation specialist, a financial analyst, a non-point source coordinator, and director of Project Development. In his most recent role as deputy executive administrator of Water Supply and Infrastructure, his areas of responsibility included state water planning, project development, financial assistance, project funds disbursement, financial program administration, water use and population projections, facility needs assessment, project inspection, and reporting. Walker holds a master of business administration from Texas State University and a bachelor of science in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University.
Amanda Lavin Assistant Executive Administrator
Amanda Lavin is involved in the day-to-day operations of the TWDB. She previously served as assistant deputy for the office of Water Supply and Infrastructure and helped supervise the implementation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program. Lavin has more than 25 years of experience in public financing of infrastructure projects in Texas. Prior to joining the TWDB, she was a financial advisor to various political subdivisions in the Austin and Houston areas. With a strong knowledge of both the public and private sector, Lavin's focus is in building relationships with clients and stakeholders, thereby assisting entities to achieve their project goals.
Deputy Executive Administrators
Todd Chenoweth General Counsel
Todd Chenoweth serves as General Counsel of the TWDB. He previously served as Senior Advisor to the Executive Administrator. Prior to joining the TWDB in November 2013, Chenoweth worked for 16 years at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and its predecessors, serving in the Water Policy Division, as section manager for Water Rights Permitting, as division director for the Water Supply Division, and as executive assistant to the director of the Office of Water. Chenoweth is a graduate of Texas A&M University, the University of Texas School of Law, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Sam Marie Hermitte Interim Deputy Executive Administrator, Water Science and Conservation
Sam Marie Hermitte has been with the TWDB since June 2012, most recently serving as the Assistant Deputy Executive Administrator of Water Science and Conservation. Her areas of responsibility include strategic planning, legislative analysis and implementation, drought project coordination, technical writing and review, and special initiatives such as the development of TexasFlood.org. Hermitte holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in public affairs with a portfolio in integrated watershed studies from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Edna Jackson Deputy Executive Administrator, Operations and Administration
Edna Jackson joined the TWDB in June 2014 and currently oversees support services, contract administration, human resources, central records, and information technology business areas. She previously served the Office of the Governor for over 12 years, with 10 years as director of Human Resources. She is a current member of the Society for Human Resource Management and formerly served on the State Agency Council and Data Center Services Business Executive Leadership Committee. She holds Senior Professional in Human Resources and SHRM Senior Certified Professional certifications. Jackson received her bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin and master of business administration from St. Edward's University.
Rebecca Trevino Chief Financial Officer
Rebecca Trevino joined the TWDB as its chief financial officer in August 2016. She previously served as the deputy chief financial officer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Trevino has held various financial leadership roles during her career, including that of chief financial officer to the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and the TWDB. She holds a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from the University of Texas and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Richard Wade Deputy Executive Administrator, Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS)
Richard Wade provides direction and management for all TNRIS-related activities and programs. He has 30 years of experience in geographic information system (GIS) technology and computer mapping. Wade started his career as an intern with TNRIS in 1986 and helped establish one of the first statewide GIS programs at TNRIS and the TWDB. He later joined Earth Information Systems Corporation as the Director of Telecommunications and managed and maintained several data contracts for companies that included Qualcomm, Motorola, and Verizon. Wade went on to co-found the Windrose Data Corporation, which provided GIS data and services to environmental and energy firms across the country. He returned to TNRIS in 2005 and also serves as the Geographic Information Officer for Texas. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Texas State University.
Jessica Zuba Deputy Executive Administrator, Water Supply and Infrastructure
Jessica Zuba joined the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) in July 2001. She was named the deputy executive administrator of Water Supply and Infrastructure in May 2016. Prior to this role, she served as the director of Regional Water Planning and Development, which entailed managing six multi-disciplined regional teams that implement water and wastewater projects across the state. Her past positions at the TWDB also include team manager for the Northeast Region of the state and financial analyst. Zuba received a bachelor's degree in business administration with the distinction of magna cum laude from St. Edward's University.
Debt and Portfolio Management
Georgia Sanchez Manager, Debt and Portfolio Management
Georgia Sanchez joined the TWDB in March 2017. She previously served more than 23 years with the City of Austin in roles including assistant treasurer and investment officer, where she managed cash, investments, and debt programs, and corporate budget manager overseeing the implementation of the city's capital improvements plan. She currently serves as the president of the Government Treasurer's Organization of Texas and is a past president of the Texas Chapter of Women in Public Finance. Sanchez has been a longtime member of the Austin Association for Financial Professionals and National Charity League. She holds a bachelor of business administration degree in international business from the University of Texas at Austin.
Nicole Campbell Director, Internal Audit
Nicole Campbell is responsible for providing the overall strategic direction, leadership, and planning for the Internal Audit Division. The division provides the Board with high quality, value-driven assurance and consulting services as a means to support the organization and improve operations through the strengthening of risk management, control, and governance processes. Prior to joining the TWDB in April 2015, Campbell worked for the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of State Health Services and has 15 years of state government auditing experience. Her expertise includes conducting performance, financial, compliance, and information systems audits and investigations. Nicole is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in economics and has earned designations as a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Information Systems Auditor.