The Nature Conservancy
As Executive Director, Laura Huffman oversees all aspects of The Nature Conservancy of Texas. In her three years with The Conservancy, she has spearheaded significant growth of the chapter’s land, marine and freshwater conservation work. During her tenure, the Texas chapter of The Conservancy has helped expand treasured state and city parks, including Big Bend Ranch State Park in West Texas and Barton Creek Wilderness Park near the heart of downtown Austin. She is one of The Conservancy's most trusted national voices, and she speaks regularly on an array of topics, including freshwater protection, the Gulf of Mexico, conservation easements and current pressing environmental issues.
A native of Austin, Texas, Ms. Huffman has a long and distinguished record of public service. As deputy city manager for the City of San Marcos from 1994 to 2002 and assistant city manager for the City of Austin from 2002 to 2008, she spearheaded important watershed protection and economic development initiatives for both cities. Laura earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.Sc. in Political Science with a minor in History from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. She lives in Austin with her husband, Kent, and their four children.