Julia Murphy – Executive Director
Julia Murphy is a certified community and regional planner and native Texan. She brings leadership experience from the public, private, and non-profit sectors and most recently served as sustainable transportation manager in the City of San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability. With a substantial history of having a hand in local green initiatives, Julia created and branded the San Antonio Bikes program and was the founder of the Hardberger Park Conservancy. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the San Antonio Parks Foundation, the TxDOT statewide Bicycle Advisory Committee and the Texas Trails Network. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and American Planning Association.
Angela Hartsell – Community Gardens Program Manager
Angela Hartsell has been working and volunteering with community-centered non-profits for several years.
Before coming to Green Spaces Alliance, she served with a Chicago organization that provides job-training through an organic agriculture business. Angela has a background in environmental studies, land research, and cultural relations. Her experience includes data management, event planning, volunteer coordination, resource gathering and participant training.
She holds a vision to develop and encourage an ecological perspective for sustainable community development.
Michelle Gorham – Community Gardens Assistant Program Manager
Michelle has a background in horticulture and has gained experience through a variety of jobs including: biodynamic farm apprentice, seed potato grower, nursery manager, landscape designer and gardening teacher.
Since moving to San Antonio in 2003 Michelle’s focus has been on community garden research, creating usable urban greenspace and neighborhood beautification.
Michelle’s vision is to help people in urban areas find ways to connect with nature and create food security.
Bruce Fried – Land Conservation
Bruce A. Fried served in the United States Air Force for 23 years; retiring as a lieutenant colonel in charge of media and public relations at a major Air Force installation. He is a native of rural Minnesota but has been a resident of San Antonio since 1985.
Bruce is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma. An active outdoor enthusiast, he is a Master Naturalist and a member of the Friends of Government Canyon Education Committee.
He has been active in environmental and animal issues for decades; serving as a volunteer for numerous organizations including five years as a docent at the San Antonio Zoo. He joined Green Spaces Alliance in May 2010.
Susan Hughes – Conservation Consultant
Susan Hughes has a wealth of experience in the fields of information management and communications and is dedicated to environmental causes throughout San Antonio and the Southwest. Among her community activities, Susan is a past executive director of Green Spaces Alliance, serves on the boards of the Edwards Aquifer Authority and Bexar Audubon Society, is a member of the Hill Country Alliance’s advisory board, and was a founder of the South Texas Farm and Range Forum, which will see its seventh iteration this fall. Her conservation work includes five years on the National Audubon Society board of directors, and she is a trustee of Save the Laja, Inc., a Texas not-for-profit fostering watershed and habitat conservation in the Texas-Central Mexico corridor.
Tia Moen - Community Outreach Coordinator
Tia Moen moved to San Antonio in March 2014 from her Wisconsin homeland. She would like to bring communities together to improve environmental sustainability and quality of life for everyone through our programs. She volunteered with community gardens in Milwaukee, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Green Spaces Alliance.
Tammy Andrews - Accounting and Finance
Tammy Andrews bleeds maroon and loves making numbers balance. Before coming to Green Spaces Alliance, she supported various non-profits through volunteer positions. The mother of 2 boys and wife to a handsome husband, they work as a family to reduce, recycle and reuse and make the world greener as they go. In her spare time, she runs a home bakery and loves to sit outside and read.
Carra Garza – Picture Your World Program Manager
Carra Garza joined Green Spaces Alliance in May 2013 as the Picture Your World Program Coordinator. Prior to that, she was one of the photography instructors with the Picture Your World Program. Ms. Garza received her certificate in Photography from the Southwest School of Art in 2011 and her 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.