Regina M. Buono

Regina M. Buono

Nonresident Scholar, Center for Energy Studies
Office Phone: (713) 348-2217


Regina M. Buono is a nonresident scholar at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Buono previously served as the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at CES. Prior to that, she was an associate with McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, LLP, in Austin, Texas, focusing her practice in the areas of water, administrative, and endangered species law. She has also worked in various roles with the Texas legislature and as a consultant to oil and gas companies, designing a habitat credit exchange to achieve compliance with the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Her research interests include water governance, water and energy, and payment for ecosystem services.

Buono received a B.A. in international relations, political science and 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. She is currently a doctoral student in public policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Her focus is water policy.

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