Staff & Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer
Doug’s not-for-profit service covers more than 33 years, 22 of which have been as the Executive Director. For more than 27 years he worked for the Boy Scouts of America, facilitating membership development, volunteer training, fundraising and numerous property development and programming responsibilities. He served Councils in Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington and New Jersey. Doug comes to Green Spaces Alliance having just served as Executive Director of Wildlife Prairie Park, an 1800 acre zoological park in Peoria, IL. Throughout his career Doug has focused on excellence in program services and customer service. He is a strong believer in continuous improvement management practices and has extensive experience in not-for-profit administration, volunteer recruitment and development, fundraising, and camping and outdoor recreation programming. Land management and use has been a center piece of his professional career. He has experience in creating conservation easements, developing comprehensive long range plans, and habitat and natural resource management.
Director of Conservation and Stewardship
Matthew is an environmental professional with varied experience, ranging from working as a fish hatchery technician to working in academia. He earned his B.S. Biology degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and his M.S. Environmental Science degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. While attending graduate school, Matthew also earned a certificate in GIS. As a professional, Matt served as a lecturer and lab coordinator in the Environmental Science and Ecology Department at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has also consulted clients as a GIS analyst. With his wide range of experience in environmental and biological sciences, Matt hopes to instill a sense of appreciation and respect for nature through land conservation and community outreach.
Picture Your World Program Manager
Carra is a professional photographer with a certificate in Photography from the Southwest School of Art and a B.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University. Her work has been exhibited nationally in both solo and group shows. Ms. Garza’s current work consists of photographic transfer, collage and encaustic. She is an active member of the arts community serving as a docent with the McNay Art Museum since 2001, and as a former board member and current supporter of the Southwest School of Art, a member of the Texas Photographic Society and member of the Houston Center for Photography.
Urban Land & Water Program Manager
Grace is a sustainability and conservation professional with a proven passion for strengthening connections between people and the environment. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies at Trinity University in 2016 and went on to complete her Masters of the Environment (Sustainability, Planning, & Management specialization) at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2019. Grace has unique experience collaborating with communities to engage them with the outdoors and recreation. She focused her graduate studies on serving underprivileged groups like teens and youth, people of color, and low-income communities so that they might thrive in nature with resources specific to their unique needs. A seventh-generation Texan and a lifelong San Antonian, Grace is enthusiastic about giving back to her hometown by helping its vibrant communities grow positive relationships with the environment.
Community Conservation Coordinator
Zanel Pizarro has been a garden steward for El Dorado community garden since 2015, and is also a Spanish teacher. She directs her own daycare where she started a community garden so that kids can be shown STEAM activities in both Spanish and English. With her passion for nature and education, her goals are to unite, outreach, and collaborate.