Iliana Pena

Iliana received a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University (1998) and a M.S. in Range and Wildlife Management from Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (2003). Iliana has 16-years’ experience in project management and partner collaboration and synergy. She has spent the last 7 years overseeing coastal and grassland bird projects for Audubon Texas including but not limited to management and restoration of critical habitat for guilds of bird species including but not limited to colonial waterbird and grassland birds. Iliana serves on various regional and state conservation boards.

Personal information:  Iliana grew up in the Edinburg, TX and spent lots of time with her family fishing in the Laguna Madre and traveling to various state and national parks during the summers.  Today, she and her husband enjoy trail running, paddling and camping.  They have a 3-year old daughter named Sierra that keeps them wonderfully busy.


Director of Conservation

Audubon Texas