Chief External Relations Officer & Director of Strategic Alliances, Shield Ranch & Shield Ranch Foundation
Christy serves Shield Ranch and the Shield Ranch Foundation, as a spokesperson and as a liaison to neighbors, funders, non-profit partners, elected officials, and agency personnel. She enjoys building relationships, creating opportunities for collaboration, and welcoming people to the Ranch. Christy is responsible for the implementation of the Foundation’s Comprehensive Development Campaign. She also manages our advocacy program that includes active support for land conservation, water quality and groundwater supply protection and evolving regional issues relevant to the Ranch.
In 2004 Christy co-founded the Hill Country Alliance (HCA), a regional conservation nonprofit where she served as Executive Director through 2015. In this role, she worked closely with Bob Ayres on regional land and water conservation issues for ten years before joining the Shield Ranch team in 2016. She serves on the board of directors for the Cibolo Nature Center and Farm in Boerne, Texas, and the Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, Texas.
Christy is originally from Riverside, Illinois, and now lives in Spicewood near the south shore of Lake Travis with her husband Marty and two sons. She loves to paddle her favorite lakes, hike, travel, and practice yoga.