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New executive director of HCA selected


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Katherine Romans

The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) Board of Directors has announced the selection of Katherine Romans to serve as full-time executive director of HCA. The selection was made after a nationwide search. Romans will fill the vacancy created when founding HCA Executive Director Christy Muse joined the Shield Ranch in February.
“We could not be happier to have Katherine step into the role of executive director,” said Dr. Leo Tynan, president of the HCA board of directors and chairman of the search committee. “With her unique insight into the organization’s history, mission and culture, Katherine is in a perfect position to seize this opportunity to bring a transformational change to HCA and the region.”
Romans brings a decade of nonprofit and legislative experience to the organization. She worked on national and international natural resources issues for several years as a legislative aide within the United States House of Representatives and has experience with both local and national nonprofit organizations.
For the past five months, Romans served as the interim executive director of HCA, and has three years of leadership experience within the organization, most recently as the director for landowner outreach. In that role, she developed the Pedernales program, working to connect landowners to grant opportunities and technical expertise within the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). She also hosted educational events and launched a campaign to address invasive species in the upper reaches of the basin. Romans has secured and managed nearly $350,000 in grant revenue in her time with HCA.
“In my view, Katherine Romans is the perfect choice for this key Hill Country leadership position,” said Andrew Sansom, executive director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University. “In a relatively short time, she has built a strong track record of relationships and trust with public officials, landowners, and other leaders in the region and has demonstrated her commitment to both its continued economic prosperity and its very precious natural resources. I am very excited to be able to work with Katherine in this new role.”
“I look forward to building on the momentum and strength that has been growing around the Hill Country Alliance for the past 10 years,” Romans said. “We are increasingly seen as the go-to organization for issues of growth and natural resource management in this region. My top priorities in the coming years will be to hone our program focus areas, build on existing relationships across the region and increase the collective impact of our work to create an economically vibrant Hill Country that maintains its rural character and resilient natural resources.”
Romans holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where she focused her work on urban forestry and green infrastructure.