Director of External Relations
Christy Muse is the Director of External Relations for the Shield Ranch, a private ranch located in Travis County southwest of Austin. The ranch is of regional significance, protected by conservation easements protecting six miles of Barton Creek, native habitat for wildlife, endangered birds and quality of life benefits derived from a large protected open space in a rapidly urbanizing area.
The owners of the ranch are widely recognized for their commitment to land stewardship, water quality, ecological diversity, outreach and education. Through their dedication, the Shield Ranch has received numerous awards including the prestigious Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Statewide Lone Star Land Steward Award.
Christy is also the Executive Director of the Shield Ranch Foundation, a private operating foundation that oversees outreach and educational programming including El Ranchito. Each summer youth from 4th grade through high school experience a unique primitive camping experience on the ranch, learning in community about hill country land, water, wildlife, people and history.
In 2004 Christy co-founded the Hill Country Alliance (HCA) a regional non-profit dedicated to promoting ways to grow the Hill Country region while protecting its beauty, character, heritage, wide-open spaces, and spectacular water features. Christy served as the Executive Director of HCA from 2005 through early 2016.
She serves on the board of directors for the Cibolo Nature Center and Farm in Boerne, TX and the Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, TX.
Christy grew up in Riverside, Illinois one of the first ever planned communities, designed in 1869 by Frederick Law Olmsted, the “Father of Landscape Architecture”. She attended Western Illinois University and received a Bachelor Degree in Business,
In 1985, Christy moved to central Texas and currently resides in Spicewood near the south shore of Lake Travis with her husband Marty and two boys, 14 and 19.