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Who We Are


David Smith

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Extension Program Specialist II

4-H2O Program Coordinator


Riley Calk

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Student Technician

TAMU Class of 2024


Molly McKinney

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Student Technician

TAMU Class of 2023

Statement from the Program Coordinator 

My name is David Smith and I'm an Extension Program Specialist II for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. For more than twenty years, I've developed educational programs and resources on many different water topics. With this experience comes the realization that water, and how we choose to manage it, is arguably the single most important issue facing the next generation. It is essential that we invest today in tomorrow's water industry leaders and decision-makers. The Texas 4-H Water Ambassadors Program was founded in 2017 with the support and encouragement of many Texas water industry leaders. The mission of the program is to "provide high school youth an opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and develop leadership skills related to the science, technology, engineering and management of water in Texas." To date, 188 youth from across the state have served as 4-H Water Ambassadors and are having a profound impact in their communities. In just its second year, the program was named winner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality - Texas Environmental Excellence Award!

Meet the Water Ambassador Advisory Committee 

  • Dirk Aaron – General Manager, Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District

  • Jay Bragg – Associate Director, Commodity and Regulatory Activities, Texas Farm Bureau

  • Riley Calk– Former 4-H Water Ambassador, Student Technician, and current TAMU student

  • Michelle Cooper – Education Coordinator, Southern Ogallala Conservation & Outreach Program

  • Sinclaire Newby - Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Johnson County Specialty Utility District

  • Adeline Fox – Executive Manager of Communications and Outreach, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority

  • Whitney Ingram – Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, Bell County AgriLife Extension

  • Meagan Lamb – Educational & Conservation Outreach Coordinator, Brazos Valley Groundwater District

  • Stephanie Keith – Education & Public Relations Coordinator, Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District

  • Roxanna Reyna – Extension Program Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, Roscoe Collegiate ISD

  • Justin Saenz - Education and Conservation Outreach Coordinator, Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District

  • Julia Stanford – Program & Operations Manager, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts

  • Michelle Wood-Ramirez – Watershed Coordinator, Tarrant Regional Water District

  • Jill Garcia - Education and Outreach Coordinator, Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District

  • Joshua Jones - Former 4-H Water Ambassador, Student Technician, and current TAMU student

The 4-H Water Ambassadors Program is supported through private sponsorships. Funds are used solely for the mission and objectives of the Texas 4-H Water Ambassadors Program. Sponsorships are made to the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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