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GSA Staff Photo 2015


Julia website cropped   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 has a substantial history of involvement in local green initiatives.  She has a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.  She currently serves on the Executive Board of the San Antonio Parks Foundation, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and American Planning Association.  In her spare time, Julia likes to bike and hike in the Hill Country.



Philip Bedford staff photo     Philip Bedford – Land Conservation & Stewardship Manager

Philip Bedford has a Master of Science in Environmental Science and a minor is Spacial Science.  He is also an Adjunct Professor for Environmental Science at University of the Incarnate Word.  While in the United States Coast Guard, he spend a majority of his off-time volunteering at local wildlife conservation programs while completing his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science.  All of his life, he has been a lover of outdoors and understands the value of land conservation and importance of environmental stewardship.



    Tia Moen – Community Outreach Manager

Tia Moen is a recent transplant to San Antonio, migrating from her Wisconsin homeland. With a degree in Global Studies, She is interested in bringing communities together to improve environmental sustainability and quality of life for everyone through GSA’s programs. Having been a volunteer for many community-based causes, Tia appreciates the incredible value of bringing people and ideas together to reach common goals that benefit the greater good.




Angela (SA Woman)      Angela Hartsell – Community Gardens Manager

Angela has a background in environmental studies, land research, and cultural relations, and has a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from UTSA.  She is a seasoned community- based non-profit manager and volunteer with a vision to develop and encourage an ecological perspective for sustainable development in the region. Angela has been at the forefront of the organized community gardens movement in San Antonio since 2007.  She loves to travel and is a student of the Turkish language.



Michelle        Michelle Gorham – Community Gardens Assistant Manager

Michelle’s career in horticulture spans over 20 years through a variety of jobs including biodynamic farm apprentice, seed potato grower and crop development researcher, nursery manager, landscape design entrepreneur, and horticulture educator.  Michelle has a B.S. in Landscape Horitculture, a M.Ed. in Agriculture and is an Alamo Area Master Naturalist.  Michelle’s graduate research on community gardens was peer reviewed and published in HortTechnology.  She put her research into action in her neighborhood by pioneering 2 community gardens in San Antonio’s east side.  Michelle fulfills her vision of empowering people in San Antonio’s urban core to create ways to connect with nature and increase food security at the grassroots level through her work in the Community Gardens Program at Green Spaces Alliance.  Michelle is a board member with the Food Policy Council of San Antonio.  She lives with her husband, daughter, and many fuzzy and feathered creatures on 4 lovely acres along the San Antonio River that are just begging to be re-invigorated.



Carra Edit 1        Carra Garza – Picture Your World Program Manager

Carra is a professional photographer with a certificate in Photography from the Southwest School of Art and a 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.



tammy crop        Tammy Andrews – Accounting and Finance Administrator

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.





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