Catherine has an extensive personal and professional background in land conservation in the coastal southeast. Born on Hilton Head and raised on St. Simons Island, Catherine‘s passion for land conservation began early. "Living on the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia my entire life has given me great appreciation for how fragile our coastal communities are, and how land trusts can play a vital role in preserving a community’s quality of life."
Catherine holds a Psychology degree from Emory University and a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston/Medical University of South Carolina. She worked as a Coastal Planner for NOAA and has experience working with three other land trusts: St. Simons Land Trust, Lowcountry Land Trust and Kiawah Conservancy.
After years of volunteering on ECLT’s Board of Directors, Alison joined the staff in the summer of 2014. Alison has been working with nonprofits in Charleston for more than a decade - most recently at the Center for Birds of Prey and previously as Membership Director for the Coastal Conservation League and Development Coordinator at Porter-Gaud School. As a Mount Pleasant native and resident, she brings a passion for conserving natural spaces in her home town. Alison graduated with a BA in Psychology from Clemson University.
Alex joined ECLT in August of 2014 just before beginning the Masters of Science in Environmental Studies Program at the College of Charleston, which he has now completed along with the Graduate Certificate Program in Urban & Regional Planning. He previously received his BS in Environmental Science at Virginia Tech, where he learned that he wanted to pursue a career in land conservation. Alex assists with annual and baseline monitors of ECLT’s conserved properties, assists in the protection of new properties, and provides GIS support for the organization. Alex appreciates the unique environments of the Lowcountry and wants to give back to it by conserving the special natural spaces that define the beauty of the region and provide assets to both people and wildlife.
The Honorable Jimmy Carroll, City of Isle of Palms
The Honorable Miriam C. Green, Town of Awendaw
The Honorable Will Haynie, Town of Mount Pleasant
The Honorable Rutledge B. Leland, III, Town of McClellanville
The Honorable Patrick O’Neil, Town of Sullivan’s Island
Chairman A. Victor Rawl, Charleston County Council
The Honorable John Tecklenburg, City of Charleston