Executive Director and Waterkeeper, Bayou City Waterkeeper
Jordan Macha is the Executive Director and Waterkeeper at Bayou City Waterkeeper, an organization that works to preserve the health and productivity of the Lower Galveston Bay. Based in Houston, Texas, Jordan promotes social justice values and works to dismantle systemic racism and oppression within the environmental community and municipal structures. She is also a founding member of a coalition that brings together community leaders and diverse organizations focusing on Hurricane Harvey recovery in the Greater Houston area, encouraging the region to adopt equitable resiliency models to holistically serve nearby communities. Jordan is committed to furthering justice and equity in her community and has co-facilitated workshops around institutional racism and oppression.
Currently, Jordan is working to incorporate nature-based solutions and nature-centered practices into the City of Houston Resiliency Plan (part of the 101 Resilient Cities Initiative) with a team of two direct staff and the support of a 25-member coalition. She plans to work with the City of Houston to future-proof the city’s wastewater systems, as well as with municipalities in the region to develop ordinances to protect wetlands and floodplains. Additionally, Jordan strives to improve the diversity of Bayou City Waterkeeper by diversifying the demographics of the Board of Directors in race, sex, and age, and ensuring that the identified members and supporters reflect the diversity of the region.