Regina M. Buono is a Ph.D. student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Her research interests are broadly focused on water policy, including questions of water governance, the water and energy nexus, and payment for ecosystem services. Regina is a nonresident scholar at the Center for Energy Studies (CES) at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, she served as the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at CES and practiced legislative and environmental law in Austin. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Arkansas, a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law, and an M.Sc. in Water Science and Governance from King’s College London. In her limited spare time, Regina enjoys running, traveling and serving on the board of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation.