Interim Associate Directorwjepson@tamu.edu
Dr. Wendy Jepson is the interim associate director for the Texas Water Resources Institute at the Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Dallas. She joined the TWRI leadership team in September 2020. As associate director, Wendy works to develop and move forward initiatives that address pressing water security and resource issues facing Texans, as well as developing research to pursue those efforts.
Wendy's current professional interests focus on the area of urban water sustainability, a topic she sees as critical to the well being of Texas and Texans. She is also passionate about creating innovative approaches to community-involved research and engaging a broader base of constituencies including organizations, civil society, communities, and stakeholders. She sees Dallas as a unique opportunity to pursue these efforts.
Wendy joined Texas A&M in 2003. She has been co-lead on the $1.5 million Texas A&M University Presidential Excellence Grant “Pathways to Sustainable Urban Water Security” for the past several years and is also a University Professor in the Department of Geography. In 2015 she received the American Association of Geographers Enhancing Diversity Award for her efforts to achieve equality and inclusion within the field, and is a current fellow in the Dean of Faculties’ ADVANCE program designed to advance faculty diversity, inclusion and success. She currently leads the National Science Foundation-funded Household Water Insecurity Experiences – Research Coordination Network and serves as book series editor for Water and Society, a new initiative by Johns Hopkins University Press and Associate Editor for WIRES Water.