David Pietrusynski

David Pietrusynski

Dave Pietruszynski grew up in Pennsylvania and spent many days sailing, fishing, and observing the wildlife on and around the nearby Chesapeake Bay. He now lives in Austin, TX and recently transitioned from being a high-tech entrepreneur to a career in environmental sustainability particularly for the Texas coastal wetlands – bays and estuaries. He’s held diverse roles at many corporations, large and small, including the role of founder. He’s energized by working with small teams of passionate individuals that take on the toughest challenges – for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
He believes that the two toughest challenges along the Texas coast are habitat loss due to encroaching development, sea level rise, and subsidence, and reduced freshwater inflow due to the explosive population growth inland along the I-35 corridor. His personal mission is to find economically viable solutions by working with academia, government, industry, and financial institutions.
When he’s not advocating for the wetlands or getting muddy in a marsh along the coast, Dave is probably hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, sailing, or diving!

Career Interests

coastal environmental management strategy entrepreneur


Master in Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Duke Environmental Leadership
Master of Science
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Science
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Electrical Engineering Major

Professional Experience

Develop strategies for coastal restoration/preservation, and partner with academia/government/funding entities to prioritize and initiate coastal wetland projects.
Client: Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve. • Initiated Coastal Bend Resiliency Network (NOAA grant), and Wetlands Conservation Finance – Texas Style workshop, Dec. 2017. Advise stakeholders on economic viability of coastal conservation projects. Presenter at Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting, 2017 – An Entrepreneur’s View of Blue Carbon, Mitigation Banking, and Coastal Resiliency.
Clients: Harte Institute, Meadows Center. • Defining database tools for coastal managers in collaboration with Harte’s ecosystem services valuation research team. Developing education, outreach collateral using 360 degree video technology.
Clients: Ajna VR, Riverbank Conservation. • Business development for education/government sectors and coastal opportunities, strategic planning for Austin startups.

Additional Information

4 publications in peer-reviewed engineering journals and conferences
13 issued patents Wetlands Conservation Finance – Texas Style - initiated workshop and presented "An Entrepreneur’s View of Blue Carbon, Mitigation Banking, and Coastal Resiliency" presented at 2017 Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting (TBEM), Port Aransas TX.

Collaborative consultant and company builder driving optimal outcomes for stakeholders that may hold conflicting positions. Apply entrepreneurial perspective in sustainability and conservation from experience developing products and building companies in one of the most competitive high-tech markets – semiconductors for cell phones and communications.


business development
environmental economics
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2019



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Entrepreneur / Start-up
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank