TAGD Staff

Leah Martinsson, Executive Director

Leah Martinsson joined the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts as the Executive Director in March of 2019. TAGD is a membership organization comprised of Texas groundwater conservation districts and groundwater professionals that works to promote and support sound management of groundwater based on local conditions and good science. As Executive Director, Leah provides strategic direction and guidance to the organization and administers and manages TAGD’s overall activities. She serves as a primary point of contact for the membership, the Legislature, state agencies & related organizations across Texas, and works closely with policymakers, decision-makers, and water stakeholders to promote sustainable groundwater policies as defined by Chapter 36 of the Texas Water Code. Leah is an attorney licensed to practice law in Colorado, where she represented clients in all aspects of water law for over 16 years before relocating to Texas. Leah obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and her law degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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Julia Stanford, Director of Programs & Communications

Julia joined TAGD as the Programs & Operations Manager in October of 2019. She keeps the groundwater community connected and informed by developing comprehensive member communications and innovative resources related to groundwater conservation districts, and also manages TAGD’s signature educational events throughout the year. Prior to starting at TAGD, Julia coordinated conservation education, grant administration, and public relations for North Plains Groundwater Conservation District in Dumas. Her first few years after college were spent mostly outdoors, conducting a variety of environmental education programs all over Texas. Julia holds a B.S. degree in Geography – Resource & Environmental Studies from Texas State University and a graduate certificate in strategic public communications from Texas Christian University, and she is also a graduate of the 2023 Texas Water Leaders program. Julia lives in Austin with her park ranger husband and toddler son, Rio.

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Annick P. Maddox, Manager of Administration

Annick joined TAGD in January of 2023. She brings over 10 years of experience in administrative support and organizational management involving various entities ranging from small to large (800+) businesses, including municipal. Previously as Operations Manager for Austin Drainage + Landscape Development, Annick oversaw all operations for quality assurance, created & implemented SOP’s, and managed all day to day functions of the company. Earlier in her career as Conservation Crew Supervisor she assisted the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan Manager for the City of San Marcos in public education, managing a team of interns, and coordination with state agencies and private contractors. Annick holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas State University in Geography – Resource and Environmental Studies with a geology minor and a certificate in Water Policy.

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