Pease Park Conservancy Names New CEO


The Pease Park Conservancy has named Heath Riddles as its new chief executive officer.

Riddles joined the Pease Park Conservancy as CEO this month.

Mostly recently Riddles comes to the Conservancy from The Hispanic Alliance where he was vice president of fund development and communications.

Over the last 18 years, he has helped raise millions of dollars for local organizations. He has held senior leadership positions at Equality Texas and the Long Center for Performing Arts as senior director of marketing and communications. He also did a brief tour on the agency side of communications as a director at Elizabeth Christian Public Relations.

Prior to his work in the non-profit sector, Riddles was a television news producer in Austin and in Oklahoma City. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma.

He has served on the boards of the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, The Hispanic Alliance, and Waterloo Counseling Center. Riddles is also a member of the Sightlines advisory council.

Last year Pease Park Conservancy received a $9.7 million grant from the Houston-based Moody Foundation for the first phase of the Pease Park Master Plan, a comprehensive blueprint for the park’s restoration and the enhancement of its cultural and natural features.

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