“You’ve gotta give a damn about something. And you’ve got to work to make it happen. You don’t win ’em all, but if you hadn’t tried, it would have been even worse. And no one does it alone. There may always be a leader, but it takes all of these co-believers to help.”
– Shudde Fath, Austin activist and SBCA Board of Directors emeritus
Sydney has been SBCA's Executive Director since February 2022. Before this role, she was hired as the organization's Operations Manager in 2021. Sydney holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University and a BS in Environmental Science and Policy from Saint Edward’s University. Before SBCA, she's worked for multiple environmental organizations including the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. Her experiences include community planning, natural resource management, and social sciences. Her most notable research projects include mapping nesting patterns of the endangered Golden-Cheeked Warbler and quantifying ecosystem services of green infrastructure in Austin. Sydney brings a passion for community health and conservation of urban ecosystems to SBCA.
Wastewater Campaign Organizer
Brian is the former Clean Water Advocate at Environment Texas, where he focused on promoting green infrastructure features like rain gardens and rain harvesting to stop runoff pollution.
He also helped write a GI resolution enacted by the Austin City Council and a GI bill passed by the Texas Legislature. Additionally, he authored a report on municipal stormwater policies in Texas and co-authored a report on bacteria pollution in the state’s waterways.
"It is not ignorance but knowledge which is the mother of wonder."
Joseph Wood Krutch (1971), in The Voice of the Desert, a Naturalist's Interpretation