Roland Ruiz serves as General Manager of the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA), a special purpose regional groundwater agency that is responsible for the management of one of the world’s most prolific artesian aquifers. In his role as chief executive, Roland reports to a 17-member board of directors that oversees the EAA mission to manage, enhance, and protect the Edwards Aquifer system across eight counties in South Central Texas.
Since assuming the General Manager position in 2012, Roland has focused his leadership on creating “shared value” around the effective management of the Edwards Aquifer in the face of environmental, economic and regulatory demands that are often exacerbated by drought, population growth, and competing interests around these issues. He has undertaken an effort to transform the EAA culture into a dynamic, service-minded operation that fosters greater collaboration, transparency, and responsiveness through values-centered critical thinking and stakeholder engagement.
Roland has a broad and varied background in public affairs and community service in both the private and public sectors, including 21 years as an elected official serving on the board of trustees of a local school district