The State of Texas now leads the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s Management Team. Mr. Toby Baker, Commissioner for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, is the new Chair. He takes an active role on behalf of Governor Greg Abbott. This is the fourth leadership change for the Gulf regional ocean partnership organized in 2004. Texas takes over following a productive tenure by Alabama’s Patti Powell, Director of State Lands for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The leadership changes seamlessly and the mission of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance to enhance the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico remains steadfast.

“I have enjoyed working with the Alliance’s Management Team over the past several years. I look forward to working closely with the Team and staff in implementing our new Action Plan III,” stated Toby Baker. The role of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Management Team is to act on behalf of the states’ governors to oversee the direction addressing the six regional issues identified as priorities by all five Gulf States. Mr. Baker takes over following Alabama’s successful guidance of the Alliance through two years of Action Plan III development. During this time, the Alliance reorganized its priorities and created new goals. As Texas takes leadership, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance is launching a new Gulf Star Program. This is intended to fund major actions for the Priority Issue Teams.