As State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Texas, Suzanne Scott establishes conservation strategy and public policy leadership to protect the state’s cherished landscapes and support ecology, economy, public health and equity. Working closely with a talented and diverse staff, she oversees the execution of landscape-scale conservation efforts, freshwater protection initiatives and critical marine protection measures in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the development of sound science and policy solutions to address climate change.
Scott has dedicated a significant portion of her life to protecting and restoring the environment, connecting communities with the natural resources around them and spearheading on-the-ground projects that support social, environmental and economic values. Prior to joining TNC in November 2020, Scott spent more than two decades with the San Antonio River Authority and was appointed its General Manager in 2007. There, she steadfastly elevated the agency’s crucial role and impact and implemented more than $600 million in highly visible projects, including work on the Museum Reach and Mission Reach of the San Antonio River Improvements Project and San Pedro Creek Culture Park. She also guided the development of successful programs to improve flood protection, water quality, habitat, nature-based recreation and access to the river and its tributaries. A regional leader on water, Scott chaired the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group and the Guadalupe and San Antonio Rivers Bay and Basin Area Stakeholder Group. Most recently, she was chosen to lead the Interregional Planning Council, created by the Texas Water Development Board.
She obtained her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and a Master of Science in Urban Administration from Trinity University. A true San Antonian at heart, Scott was raised near the San Antonio River and, in her spare time, can be found exploring rivers and national parks, reading about American history and spending time with her husband Parker and daughter Genevieve.
In the News
Read through Suzanne Scott's commentaries on all things land, water, wildlife and way of life in Texas.
Opinion: It's time for a water session at the Legislature
Austin American-Statesman | Jan 15, 2023
The time to invest in new water legislation is now. Lawmakers need to establish and finance a new Land and Water Conservation Fund so that we can ensure that Texas has enough water to support its communities, natural places and wildlife. Read More
Allow nature to do the work for a more sustainable Dallas
The Dallas Morning News | Jul 18, 2022
Dallas has a unique opportunity to invest in a greener future, one in which nature-based solutions—and their many layered benefits—are incorporated into the very fabric of the city's infrastructure. Read More
Commentary: How cattle ranchers can combat climate change
San Antonio Express-News | Nov 30, 2021
Well-managed grazing lands offer key benefits, from absorbing and filtering water to storing carbon to providing a home for plants and wildlife native to Texas. Read More
Commentary: Make room for nature, protect water
San Antonio Express-News | May 16, 2021
Nature is not a nice-to-have amenity; it's a must-have investment that makes our communities more livable and equitable, benefits public health and helps boost our resilience to climate impacts. Read More
Q&A+Water: Suzanne Scott
Texas + Water | Apr 25, 2021
Texas+Water Editor-in-Chief Dr. Todd Votteler interviews TNC Texas State Director Suzanne Scott about the state of water in Texas—and what The Nature Conservancy and partners are doing to help. Read More