Robert A. Ayres

Ranch Owner
Chief Executive Officer and President, Shield Ranch & Shield Ranch Foundation

Bob guides the implementation of the Shield Ranch 2030 Vision and the 2018 Master Plan. A third-generation owner of the Ranch, he relishes the multi-faceted challenges and opportunities inherent in land stewardship.

Bob also serves as Treasurer of the Shield-Ayres Foundation. He is an active member of the land trust community at the local, state, and national level. Most recently, he served on the board of directors of the Land Trust Alliance.

Bob received his BA in Spanish from the University of the South. He holds an MTS from Virginia Theological Seminary, and an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. A native of San Antonio, Bob and his wife Margy moved to Austin in 1985, where they raised their two daughters Kathleen and Elizabeth. Bob enjoys exploring the Hill Country and the Davis Mountains of West Texas. He is an avid birder and loves visiting parks, nature centers, and wild places whenever he travels.