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The Trail Conservancy Welcomes Kimberly McNeeley as Next CEO

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The Trail Conservancy Welcomes Kimberly McNeeley as New CEO

McNeeley will continue the legacy of conservation and community engagement for the Ann & Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail

Austin, TX – [May 10th, 2024] — The Trail Conservancy (TTC) is excited to announce the appointment of Kimberly McNeeley as Chief Executive Officer. With a robust history in public service and a deep commitment to preserving natural spaces, McNeeley is poised to lead TTC in its ongoing efforts to protect, enhance, and connect Austin’s beloved Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.

McNeeley, who begins her new role on June 10, brings over three decades of experience in recreational management and community engagement. In her tenure with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, McNeeley championed initiatives to connect communities and children to nature, established land management strategies that increase sustainable and biodiverse ecosystems, and implemented environmentally responsible maintenance practices. Her career trajectory from a part-time swim instructor to a pivotal city department leader showcases her dedication and passion for public spaces and community service.

“I am incredibly excited to lead The Trail Conservancy and continue my journey in enhancing Austin’s recreational and green spaces,” said McNeeley. “As an avid user of The Trail, I look forward to working with the talented team at TTC and the Austin community to foster an accessible, sustainable, and vibrant trail for everyone.”

Under McNeeley’s leadership, TTC will continue to advocate for responsible environmental stewardship while fostering community connections through innovative programs and inclusive activities. Her vision for Austin’s natural spaces aligns seamlessly with TTC’s mission to offer sanctuaries of respite and beauty within Austin’s urban landscape. She will work to further strengthen the Conservancy’s collaboration with all of its stakeholders, advancing conservation and community goals.

“Kimberly’s profound understanding of Austin’s community, its cherished green spaces, and environmental objectives make her the perfect leader to take The Trail Conservancy to its next level of growth,” said Michael Marin, incoming TTC Board Chair. “Her exceptional knowledge of and passion for the Butler Trail and the Austin community set her apart, proving Austin really does have the best talent pool – including an effective leader who is passionate about the Trail and what it means to our city.”

The selection process for the non-profit’s new CEO was rigorous and comprehensive. In December 2023, TTC formed a search committee of Board and Advisory Committee members and engaged the services of Potrero Group, a national executive search firm specializing in green spaces. The search firm reviewed over 150 applicants, and the final interview rounds included leaders from other prominent U.S. cities.

“Kimberly’s appointment as CEO of The Trail Conservancy comes at a pivotal time,” said Claire Hempel, Board Chair for TTC. “Kimberly’s dedication to public service and proven track record of fostering community and enhancing green spaces uniquely positions her to lead our organization. We are confident that her visionary leadership will propel The Trail Conservancy into a new era, deepening our commitment to making the Butler Trail accessible and enjoyable for all.”

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