TAGD Staff

Leah Martinsson, Executive Director

Leah joined TAGD as the executive director in March, 2019. She recently relocated to Texas from Colorado, where she was a practicing water rights attorney for over 15 years. In her legal practice, she has represented the interests of a wide range of water users – from municipal water providers to agricultural well users. In addition to obtaining new water rights and protecting existing rights for her clients, Leah also participated in Colorado’s statewide water planning process and associated water-related legislation. She has been active in Colorado’s efforts to develop alternative methods to permanent transfers of agricultural water to meet growing municipal demands, including the development and implementation of a temporary land fallowing – water leasing program. 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, Programs & Operations Manager

Julia has served as TAGD’s Programs & Operations Manager since October of 2019. Prior to joining TAGD, she coordinated conservation education events, grant administration, social media, and public relations activities for North Plains Groundwater Conservation District in Dumas. Julia studied water resources at Texas State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography – Resource & Environmental Studies. She brings years of experience in communications, environmental education, conservation outreach, event planning, and administration of government and non-profit entities.

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