LBJ School of Public Affairs
Advisor: David Eaton
Areas of Impact: Municipal Infrastructure, Public Policy
Research: water, energy and local food opportunities along the Texas border
Maria-Elena Giner is a registered professional engineer and PhD student at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs focused on public policy and water and energy infrastructure. She is currently researching the impact of first time water and wastewater infrastructure on health in rural Texas border communities. Previously, she was appointed by the U.S. and Mexican governments as the General Manager for the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC). Much of her work at BECC focused on modernizing the institution by expanding its programs and updating its organizational tools in accordance with the dynamic needs of the U.S.-Mexico border region residents for municipal infrastructure while balancing the interests of two federal administrations.