Main Speaker - August 2016

“The Role of the Texas Water Development Board

 Presented by: 
  Kathleen Jackson 
 Board Member 
 Texas Water Development Board  

Board Member Kathleen Jackson will discuss the role of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and the need to develop a wide range of solutions, promising technologies and collaborative partnerships with the engineering community to meet our current and future water supply and infrastructure needs. These ongoing efforts help ensure Texas maintains a healthy and vibrant economy.  TWDB is actively engaged in community outreach across the state to address the common goal we all share, which is to develop water for Texas.  Director Jackson will highlight TWDB financial assistance programs, including an update on implementing the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). 


Kathleen Jackson has a diverse background representing agricultural, environmental, industrial, and wholesale-supply interests, which includes developing and implementing water management strategies for Southeast Texas. As a registered professional engineer, Jackson served as public affairs manager for one of the world's largest petroleum and petrochemical producers.

Additionally, she was involved in production agriculture with her late husband, who ran a cattle operation and farmed rice. She served as a past member of the Lower Neches Valley Authority Board of Directors, the Texas Water Conservation Association, and participated on the Sabine and Neches Rivers Bay and Estuary Environmental Flows Assessment Program Stakeholders Committee.

She is also a board member and past president of the Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Beaumont, a member of the Texas Farm Bureau, past president of the American Cancer Society of North Jefferson County, and a past board member of Junior Achievement of the Golden Triangle.

Jackson received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University.

Jackson has three children, sixth-generation Texans, who all reside and work in Texas.