Water Policy Advocate
South Central Regional Center
Joanna Wolaver recently joined the Texas Living Waters Project team as a Water Policy Associate. She is responsible for coordinating and implementing media strategies, pursuing grant funding, supporting campaign development and other project activities to inform and mobilize constituents about Texas water management issues. Ms. Wolaver has 15 years of experience in the non-profit and public sectors, specializing in natural resources protection, funding for parks and wildlife, and urban planning. Before joining NWF, she provided consulting services to organizations in Austin, worked as the Director of Government Relations for New Jersey Audubon Society and served as the Urban Planning Assistant to the Mayor of San Antonio. In these positions, she managed three successful bond campaigns, resulting in over $300 million for open space acquisition, park development and alternative transportation projects in Texas and New Jersey.
Ms. Wolaver received her Master's degree in Geography and the Environment from the University of Texas, where she focused on Texas water policy. She received her undergraduate degree in Urban Planning and Environmental Sciences from Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia. She lives in her hometown of Austin with her husband and lab, Lady Bird, and spends as many weekends as possible backpacking and dreaming about her next adventure abroad.