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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 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 Galveston Bay and the Gulf 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 with a focus on risks and impacts associated with changing environmental conditions.

Ms. Gonzalez holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Fisheries from Texas A&M University at Galveston. She is a PhD Candidate in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Ms. Gonzalez is a member of the Harris County Community Flood Resilience Task Force and the Harris County MAAPnext Community Advisory Group. She 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. 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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