Iliana Peña joins TWA as the Director of Conservation Programs

Texas Wildlife Association is pleased to announce that Iliana Peña will be joining staff as the Director of Conservation Programs. This position focuses on landowner outreach, stewardship workshops, and bridging the communication gap between public policy issues and conservationists on the ground. 

TWA Board President J. David Anderson stated, “Iliana will be a great addition to Texas Wildlife Association staff.  She has served on our Executive Committee this past year, and I have been very impressed with the depth of her understanding of the many complex issues that we face. I am so excited to have her on our TWA Team!”

Iliana Peña holds a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in Range and Wildlife Management from Texas A&M Kingsville. She has been with Audubon Texas for over 14 years, serving as Center Director of the Mitchell Audubon Center, Director of Education, and Interim Executive Director. Most recently, she served as Director of Conservation where she oversaw advancing bird conservation efforts in Texas focusing on coastal, grassland, urban, policy and other conservation efforts. Additionally, she has spent the last 7 years overseeing coastal and grassland bird projects, including management and restoration of critical habitat for guilds of bird species

“Collaborating with landowners and broad conservation partners is the most effective way of achieving results for land, water, and wildlife here in Texas. That is really what TWA is all about.  Iliana shares that ethos and brings a wealth of that experience to the team. I am confident that she will be a true difference maker,” said TWA CEO David Yeates.

The mission of TWA is Serving Texas wildlife and its habitat, while protecting property rights, hunting heritage, and the conservation efforts of those who value and steward wildlife resources.

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