Section 7 : Deal Flow "Barriers and Limitations" : Streamlining Technology & Innovation in Texas

Dan Hunter

Texas Department of Agriculture

Dan Hunter serves as Assistant Commissioner for the Texas Department of Agriculture. He is the top advisor on the critical issues of water and the important role it plays in agriculture and the Texas economy.  He also oversees programs involving rural affairs, including rural health care, economic development, grants, and marketing.

Hunter has an extensive background in agriculture, research, water, and policy development. Most recently he served as Executive Director of the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER) at Tarleton State University.   When TIAER was established by the Texas Legislature in 1991 one of its charges was to “provide national leadership on emerging environmental policy”.  Hunter’s background in working with national constituencies, including state and federal agencies, Congress, and producer and consumer organizations is vital in providing the national leadership the Legislature envisioned. TIAER is a leader in the field of environmental research around the world.

When Hunter joined TIAER in 2006, he was already a part of the Tarleton State University family, serving as an adjunct professor for the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences for several years.  Prior to joining the Institute he was the Executive Officer/Manager of the Southwestern Peanut Growers’ Association, where he managed a multi-million dollar producer cooperative.  As the chief executive, Hunter provided the primary guidance on all legislative, research, marketing, regulatory and media related issues.  


Earlier in his professional career he served as the Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council, a multifaceted trade association in Washington, DC.   He also worked as a primary legislative staff member for former Congressmen Larry Combest and Fred Grandy.  Hunter received degrees from Texas Tech University and Tarleton State University. He has written numerous articles for several publications, and provided testimony for legislative and regulatory committees. Additionally, he has given presentations around the world including the United Nations Foreign Agriculture Organization in Rome.

​David Galindo

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

David Galindo is the Director of the Water Quality Division. He has been in this position since June 2012. Mr. Galindo has been employed on several teams within TCEQ, Water Quality Division, since 1999.  Most recently, David held the position of Team Leader of the Standards Implementation Team. The Team is responsible for implementation of the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards within wastewater discharge permits and conducting Section 401 State Water Quality Certifications of Federal Section 404 permits for dredge and fill projects.  Prior to his team leader position, Mr. Galindo wrote Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) permits for various types of industrial process and manufacturing facilities. David received a B.A. in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Jeff Moseley

Texas Department of Transportation

Jeff Moseley is a member of the Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees statewide activities of the Texas Department of Transportation. Gov. Rick Perry appointed him in June 2012. Prior to his appointment, Moseley was chief executive officer of the Greater Houston Partnership. During seven years in this role, he worked on numerous regional transportation policy efforts and partnered with transportation stakeholders such as the Gulf Coast Regional Mobility Partners and the I-69 Corridor Coalition. He previously served as director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development and Tourism. Between 1991 and 1999, Moseley served as Denton County Judge. During that time, he was a member of the metropolitan planning organization for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, supported the passage of two mobility bond campaigns, organized the I-35 Corridor Coalition and was involved in the creation of the North Texas Tollway Authority.


Moseley is a partner in Griffith Moseley Johnson and Associates, which provides economic development and site selection consulting. A sixth-generation Texan, he and his wife, Jackie, have two daughters, Joi and Jenni. Moseley received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma.

Leslie Savage

Railroad Commission

Leslie Savage is the Assistant Director for Technical Permitting for the Oil and Gas Division of the Railroad Commission of Texas.  Over her 32 years of employment with the Commission, Ms. Savage helped develop and/or supervised the Commission’s programs for underground injection control, surface waste management, hazardous oil and gas wastes, naturally occurring radioactive material, waste minimization, and geologic storage of carbon dioxide.  Ms. Savage currently is responsible for managing the Groundwater Advisory, Engineering, UIC, and Environmental Permitting Units, as well as coordinating rulemaking for the division, coordinating with federal and other state agencies, and water quality certification of federal permits.  Ms. Savage has represented the Commission in several state and national organizations, including the Texas Groundwater Protection Committee, the Executive Committee of the Coastal Coordination Council, the Governor’s Environmental Task Force, the State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations, Inc. (STRONGER, Inc.), and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. She is the current president of the national Ground Water Protection Council. Ms. Savage graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982 with a B.S. in Geology.

Robert Mace

Texas Water Development Board

Dr. Robert E. Mace is a Deputy Executive Administrator at the Texas Water Development Board and leads the agency’s Water Science & Conservation office, a department of 70 scientists, engineers, and specialists dedicated to better understanding groundwater and surface water resources; advancing water conservation and innovative water technologies such as desalination, aquifer storage and recovery, reuse, and rainwater harvesting; and better preparing Texas for floods.


Prior to joining the Texas Water Development Board in 1999, Robert worked for almost nine years at the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin as a hydrologist and research scientist. Robert has a B.S. in Geophysics and an M.S. in Hydrology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and a Ph.D. in Hydrogeology from The University of Texas at Austin. His residential consumption of water is less than 30 gallons per person per day (and would be lower if his wife was more cooperative).

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