Ward Wyatt Named CTWC’s First Executive Director
Reinforcing its unwavering commitment to continue the fight to protect Lakes Travis and Buchanan, the Central Texas Water Coalition (CTWC) has hired Ward Wyatt as its first executive director. Wyatt will focus his efforts on enhancing the organization’s growing influence, educating policymakers and working with the coalition’s leadership to coordinate its communications and advocacy efforts to build support for responsible water management policies. He began his duties in early December, and his initial efforts are already having an effect.
Since joining CTWC, Wyatt has traveled throughout Central Texas to meet with local elected officials and stakeholders to continue the coalition’s efforts to raise awareness about the water crisis gripping the region. He has met with LCRA staff, delivered comments to the Texas Commission on Environment Quality, and met with state legislators to offer CTWC as a useful resource for working toward responsible water management policies. In addition, Wyatt has increased the CTWC brand and reach on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“We’re thrilled to have someone with Ward’s experience and drive on our team,” said CTWC President Jo Karr Tedder. “Ward’s early career experience in the state legislative and political arenas is impressive, and we are delighted to have someone with his knowledge and energy helping lead our efforts.”
Prior to joining CTWC, Wyatt most recently managed the successful campaign of State Rep. Wayne Faircloth, who became the first Republican to serve House District 23 since Reconstruction.
A focused policy aide and political operative, Wyatt also worked for Rep. Stefani Carter, Rep. Harvey Hilderbran and the House Committee on State Affairs under Chairman Byron Cook. He has managed campaigns in Texas, a statewide agriculture commissioner race in West Virginia and served as executive director of the West Virginia Republican Party in 2013.
Wyatt has a long history in policy and politics, having grown up around the state legislature, local party meetings and fund-raisers. Wyatt’s parents, Joe and Mary Anne Wyatt, conditioned him well for a career in politics and issues concerning the state of Texas. Joe, a former state representative and United States congressman, is principal of Joe Wyatt Communications. Mary Anne is an attorney, former capitol staffer and Victoria County Republican Party chair. They continue to live in Victoria, where they have a small cattle ranch where Wyatt works when he is not in Austin.
Ward Wyatt received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in government and minored in business. He lives in Austin and enjoys mountain biking, hiking the greenbelt and playing terrible golf in his free time. He is a lifelong, diehard fan of his alma mater, the Texas Longhorns.