As President and CEO of HARC, a nonprofit research organization founded in 1982, Lisa Gonzalez leads a team of scientists, sustainability experts and support staff that work to incorporate independent research into policy and technology solutions relating to energy, air and water issues. Ms. Gonzalez joined HARC’s staff in 2002 and was named Vice President in 2012 and President and CEO in 2016. Under her leadership, HARC has constructed and operated a LEED Platinum, net zero energy headquarters located in The Woodlands, Texas, expanded its community engagement programs and oversaw the creation and launch of a strategic plan that will grow HARC’s sustainability research programming in the years to come.
Ms. Gonzalez is active in research focused on the analysis and dissemination of data concerning the health and productivity of Texas Gulf Coast bays, estuaries and watersheds. Her expertise includes analysis of coastal monitoring data sets and the development of indicators and outreach products. She co-edited the second, third and fourth editions of the State of the Bay Report. She also created The Quiet Invasion field guide series, a publication describing invasive plants and animals of the Galveston Bay region.
Ms. Gonzalez holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of Houston – Clear Lake and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Fisheries from Texas A&M University at Galveston. Ms. Gonzalez is a past Chair of the Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species; serves on the Monitoring and Research Subcommittee and the Invasive Species Working Group of the TCEQ Galveston Bay Estuary Program; serves on the Advisory Council of the Galveston Bay Foundation, and the Boards of Directors of the Bayou Preservation Association and Houston Wilderness.