Joanna Wolaver, Executive Director

Joanna has worked in both the public and nonprofit sectors throughout her career, specializing in natural resources protection, funding for parks and wildlife, urban planning, and Texas water policy. Prior to joining the Conservancy, she held positions at National Wildlife Federation, New Jersey Audubon Society and the San Antonio Mayor’s Office. Joanna managed three successful open space and transportation bond campaigns in Texas and New Jersey. She received a Master’s degree in Geography and the Environment from the University of Texas and an undergraduate degree in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College. Joanna grew up in Austin and enjoys hiking with her husband, son and sweet chocolate lab.


Nina Rinaldi, Development Coordinator

Prior to her work at the Conservancy, Nina held the position of Development Coordinator at the Asian Family Support Services of Austin. Her past experiences also include work as an Administrative Professional at the Center for K-12 Assessment and Performance Management at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Grant Writer and Arabic-English Translator at The Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies in Cairo, Egypt. Nina received her B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Oregon. Nina enjoys taking walks around Austin and reading about urban planning and history.


Alexa Loken, Marketing & Community Engagement Manager

Alexa has always had a passion for promoting wonderful people and causes. She got her undergrad degree at American University in D.C., where she discovered her love of environmental nonprofits, including teaching students how to garden and working at the Environmental Working Group. She then went on to attend NYU to receive her Master’s in Communications. Alexa’s love of positive promotion inspired her to start two companies: a cause-based marketing firm and then later a career consulting business. Prior to the Conservancy, she also worked at Indeed.com and serves on the Board of TreeFolks as their marketing chair. She grew up in the Bay Area, has lived and worked in DC, NYC, Hawaii, Denver, and currently lives, works, and plays in Austin, where she’s called home since 2012. She has two rambunctious dogs and two curious cats, and she absolutely adores tea and public libraries.


Whitney Reid, Event Planning and Partnerships Intern

Whitney is one of our newest interns this fall. She is currently a third-year undergraduate student at The University of Texas studying Sustainability and International Relations, and in the future she hopes to pursue a career in environmental and wildlife conservation. She loves animals of all shapes and sizes and in her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, reading, and spending time in nature.


Hannah Simon, Social Media & Communications Intern

Hannah is a third-year Environmental Science major with a focus in Biological Sciences from Dallas, TX. She is also earning a minor in Visual Media to fulfill her passion for photography and hopes to pursue a career in environmental photojournalism after college. She is looking forward to promoting Shoal Creek Conservancy and getting the community involved with the creek.


Lauren Pardue, Grants and Donor Relations Intern

Lauren is from Waco, TX and is a senior at the University of Texas where she studies Geography and Government. She has worked with the Annual Fund and the Central Office of Development at UT. She plans on pursuing a career in urban planning and policy and hopes to gain experience in environmental conservation during this internship.