Term Expires December 2026
Russell Persyn is a professional engineer with over two decades of experience in water resources engineering work. He is currently the Senior Vice President for the Water Business Unit for RESPEC, an employee owned engineering and consulting firm.
Russell is a native of Medina County and the District he serves. His interest in water resources was developed during his days at Medina Valley High School when the formation of the Edwards Aquifer Authority was underway. That interest led him to attend Texas A&M University where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in agricultural engineering. During his Master’s program, Russell led the outreach for Texas AgriLife Extension Service, as a part of the new regional water planning process, on the ability to manage groundwater through groundwater conservation districts.
“My time traveling Texas to meet and discuss the opportunities and challenges for local communities on groundwater issues and mechanisms to manage those resources was a rewarding opportunity to advance the management of our water resources during the infancy of the Regional Water Planning process.” Russell said.
Russell went on to complete his PhD in agricultural engineering and civil engineering at Iowa State University and spent the next 5 years in teaching, research, and outreach related to water resources. His career would progress with time in both the public and private sectors advancing water issues.
“Water is the key resource to the future of our region, and I am priveleged for the opportunity to serve District 13 to manage, enhance, and protect our local resource for generations to come.” Said Persyn.