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Elizabeth Fazio Hale
Chief Executive Officer/General Manager
Gulf Coast Authority
Elizabeth Fazio Hale (“Liz”) has served as the CEO/General Manager of the Gulf Coast Authority (GCA) for two years and was the Assistant GM for one and a half years before that. Prior to joining GCA, Liz served as the Executive Director for Riverbend Water Resources District in Northeast Texas for a little over three years.
Many of you may know Liz from her time at the Texas Legislature where she served as the Director of Natural Resources in the Texas House of Representatives under Chairman Allan Ritter. There, she played an instrumental leadership role in the development of the state water infrastructure fund and revenue fund for Texas (SWIFT/SWIRFT). Liz also worked on the prioritization and enactment of numerous financial, legal, environmental, conservation, and special district measures during her tenure with the legislature from 2001 – 2015.
Elizabeth serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Lyceum, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), Texas Water Foundation, Texas Water Conservation Association (TWCA), TWCA Risk Management Fund, and Economic Alliance Houston Port Region; and as Vice President of the Gulf Coast Industrial Development Authority and Treasurer of the Texas Conservation Fund.
Elizabeth is a dual-degree graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Government and a B.S. in Communications. She holds her J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.