Vanessa Puig-Williams is an attorney whose work is focused on water, conservation, and environmental law in Texas.
Vanessa is working to protect water resources in Texas and to help Texas move toward sustainable management of water resources - where the needs of both people and ecosystems are satisfied. To accomplish this, Vanessa advises and collaborates with landowners, landowner advocacy groups, the non profit community, philanthropists, elected officials, and governmental agencies on local and regional strategies to sustainably manage water.
Vanessa is the Executive Director and General Counsel for the Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association (TESPA), a non profit advocating for the protection of groundwater resources in the Texas Hill Country. Additionally, Vanessa advises land trusts and landowners on matters related to conservation easement transactions.
Vanessa has spoken at the Texas Alliance of Groundwater District's annual conference and at the Texas State Bar's Changing Face of Water Rights CLE on groundwater issues and is available to consult with law firms or clients on water, conservation, and environmental matters.
Previously, Vanessa was an Affiliated Fellow with the KBH Center for Energy, Law and Business at the University of Texas where she researched and wrote about water, energy, and environmental issues. Her work has focused on environmental flows, endangered species protection, state water planning, and groundwater conservation districts in Texas. Vanessa also worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Division of the Texas Attorney General's Office.