Brooke T. Paup

Texas Water Development Board

Planning For The Future: The Texas Sized Flood Planning Effort By TWDB
Texas has embarked on a first of its kind process to develop a regional based, statewide flood planning effort to identify existing and future flood risk to life and property, recommend potential flood mitigation solutions, analyze floodplain management practices. The fifteen river-basin based regional flood planning groups in Texas submit their first ever regional flood plans to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) in January 2023. This has been an unprecedented and massive effort conducted as a bottom-up approach mirroring the state’s successful water planning program. This presentation will provide an update on the findings from Texas’s first ever statewide regional flood planning efforts and a look at the state’s flood hazard, critical infrastructure, population at risk of flooding, solutions identified, and the cost of it.



Brooke Paup has served as a Board member of the Texas Water Development Board since February 22, 2018. Governor Greg Abbott designated her as Chairwoman on April 22, 2021.

Prior to her appointment to the Board, Paup served as the director of legislative affairs for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for the previous three years. While there, she led a team of legislative professionals to address statutory tax reforms.

Paup is formerly the deputy division chief of intergovernmental relations and former special assistant for policy and research for the Office of the Attorney General, where she worked on legislative issues, special litigation, and public finance-notably House Bill 4 and Senate Joint Resolution 1 in the 83rd Legislative Session, which created the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas (SWIRFT). Paup has more than 15 years of state government experience.

In September 2022, Governor Abbott appointed her to the Environmental Flows Advisory Group. She is also a member of the State Bar of Texas and Symphony League and a board member of the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas Auction Committee. Paup earned a bachelor of arts from Texas A&M University and a juris doctor from Texas Tech School of Law.

She lives in Austin with her husband, Spivey, and their two children, Henry and Heidi.