Regulation & Compliance

Policy Development & Analysis


Strategy Development

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Regina M. Buono has worked on water and environmental regulatory issues since 2004, gaining experience in legislative and policy drafting, regulatory compliance, stakeholder processes, and innovative problem solving. Prior to joining Aither, Regina gained policy experience as the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at the Centre for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, where she remains a non-resident scholar, and practiced environmental and administrative law with a firm in Austin, Texas. She also worked as legislative counsel for the Texas Legislature, where she drafted legislation and supporting documents on water and natural resources.

Regina has experience working with diverse interests, including environmental NGOs and energy companies, to create win-win solutions, such as collaborating in the design of a habitat credit exchange to achieve compliance with the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

In 2019, Regina was selected to participate in the Young Scientists Summer Program at the International Institute for Advanced System Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria. There, she collaborated with members of the Governance in Transition subgroup of the institute’s Resilience Section to advance research on law and nature-based solutions.

Regina holds degrees in Political Science and International Relations, Spanish and European Studies, Law, Water Governance, and Public Policy from the University of Arkansas, King’s College London, and the University of Texas at Austin.


Doctor of Philosophy (Public Policy)
The University of Texas at Austin
Master of Science (Water Governance; with distinction)
King's College London
Juris Doctorate (with honors)
University of Texas
Bachelor of Arts (Political Science/International Relations, summa cum laude)
University of Arkansas
Bachelor of Arts (Spanish and European Studies)
University of Arkansas