Released by the office of Gov. Rick Perry

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Kathleen Thea Jackson of Beaumont to the Texas Water Development Board for a term effective March 18, 2014 and to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The board provides leadership, planning, financial and technical assistance for the responsible development of water for the State of Texas.

Jackson is a registered professional engineer and former public affairs manager for Exxon Mobil Corp. She is a board member of the Texas Water Conservation Association, Jason Alliance of Southeast Texas, Young Audiences of Southeast Texas Inc., and the Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program. She is a member of the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and Minority Business Development Partnership, Sabine and Neches Rivers Bay and Estuary Environmental Flows Assessment Program Stakeholders Committee, Beaumont Independent School District Educational Improvement and Partnership Advisory committees, Rotary Club of Beaumont, and Lower Neches Basin Water Quality Assessment Program Steering Committee. She is a member and past chair of the Southeast Texas Industry Public Relations Association, a past member of the Lower Neches Valley Authority Board of Directors and Southeast Texas Workforce Development Board, and past chair of the Southeast Texas section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Keep Beaumont Beautiful Commission. She is also a board member and past president of the Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Beaumont, past president of the American Cancer Society of North Jefferson County, and a past board member of Junior Achievement of the Golden Triangle.

Jackson received a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University.