Christy Lee Downs
Christy is a native of California’s Bay Area and an Alum of Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California, where she earned her BS in Animal Science and double minor in Geography and Art & Design. She began her career in conservation education at Savannas Preserve State Park in Florida through the AmeriCorps program. She served as Environmental Educator and Volunteer Coordinator and discovered her passions for conservation outreach and working with volunteers. In 2011 she traveled to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to the small town of Piedmont, Alabama where she worked for the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, specializing in outreach and protection of an impaired waterway and surrounding watershed. Through her work at the Land Trust, Christy served as Coordinator for the Choccolocco Creek Watershed Alliance, a volunteer-based watershed organization implementing education, outreach, and recreational programs. Through her work at the Land Trust, Christy also assisted in the closings of Conservation Easement projects throughout Alabama, focusing on protecting property along the impaired Choccolocco Creek, which now boasts a permanently protected wildlife habitat corridor. She began her work with the Conservancy as Program Coordinator and is excited to be serving in the capacity of Executive Director where she is continuing her passion for bolstering the work of the Conservancy in the community and promoting conservation through education.
Christy and her husband enjoy exploring local history, hiking with their two dogs, walking the neighborhood with their cat, gardening and building furniture. In her free time, Christy is an avid painter, jeweler and craftswoman and loves spending any and all time in the out-of-doors.