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Lisa Gonzalez

President and CEO

As President and CEO of HARC, Lisa Gonzalez leads a team of scientists, engineers, sustainability experts and support staff that work to incorporate independent research into policy and technology solutions relating to energy, air, water and climate issues. Ms. Gonzalez joined HARC’s research staff in 2002, was named Vice President in 2012, and President and CEO in 2016. Under her leadership, HARC has constructed and operated a LEED Platinum, certified net zero energy headquarters located in The Woodlands, Texas, expanded its research and community engagement programs, and oversaw the creation and launch of a strategic plan that will grow HARC’s sustainability research programming in the years to come.

Ms. Gonzalez has been active in research relating to the Galveston Bay Estuary and the watersheds of the Upper Texas Coast for nearly 30 years. Her expertise includes analysis of coastal monitoring data sets and the development of assessment methodologies, indicators and public outreach products with an emphasis on coastal habitats, fish and wildlife communities, invasive species, water resources, climate resilience and stakeholder engagement. Her broader work considers the intersection between the human and ecological systems across multiple spatial and temporal scales with a focus on risks and impacts associated with changing environmental conditions and climate change. She co-edited the second, third and fourth editions of the State of the Bay: A Characterization of the Galveston Bay Ecosystem. She developed the Galveston Bay Report Card, the Quiet Invasion invasive species field guide series and numerous research reports.

Ms. Gonzalez received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Texas A&M University at Galveston and the University of Houston Clear Lake. She is completing a Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. Ms. Gonzalez is a member and past Chair of the Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species. She serves on the Monitoring and Research Subcommittee and the Invasive Species Working Group of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Galveston Bay Estuary Program, and is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Texas General Land Office Coastal Resiliency Master Plan. She is a member of the Harris County Community Resilience Task Force and a past member of the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium. Ms. Gonzalez is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Bayou Preservation Association and serves on the Advisory Council of the Galveston Bay Foundation.

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