Elizabeth Ayres DomenechElizabeth Ayres Domenech

Trustee, Shield Ranch Foundation

Elizabeth Domenech is a writer, naturalist, and advocate for conservation and wildness. She is a fourth-generation member of the Shield-Ayres family.

Early days exploring the Ranch with Grandma (Pat) gave Elizabeth a keen spotting eye, while hikes with Dad (Bob) interspersed with plant and bird quizzes taught her to be curious about the plants and animals with whom we share this land.

Elizabeth’s deep respect for ranch life and land stewardship informs her work. Previously, Elizabeth worked for Ranch Advisory Partners where she partnered with ranchers, land management agencies, and nonprofit organizations to improve the ecological and financial health of rangelands across the West. She also served as the conservation fund advisor to the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

Elizabeth holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of the Environment and is a certified Montana Master Naturalist. Prior to graduate school, Elizabeth served as the director of the Shield-Ayres Foundation.

Elizabeth currently serves on the board of the Shield-Ayres Foundation and is a community advisory committee member of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust. She is a mentor to a 10th-grade student through Thrive’s Child Advancement Project (CAP) program. She lives in Bozeman, Montana with her husband, Chema, and flat-coated retriever, Dory.