The mission of the Memorial Park Conservancy is to preserve, restore, and enhance Memorial Park for the enjoyment of all Houstonians, today and tomorrow.

The Conservancy

Memorial Park’s sheer size (1,500 acres, nearly twice the size of Central Park) and central location – in the heart of Houston –  make it distinctive nationally. Further distinguishing Memorial Park is its cultural history as a former WWI training camp – Camp Logan – where 70,000 soliders trained for battle. It is the only such camp remaining in the United States that has not been developed and is an archeologically protected site because of its role in WWI and the archeological features that remain. Memorial Park is where the sport of jogging was popularized nationally by Seymour Lieberman, the namesake for the Park’s locally-popular and nationally-acclaimed jogging trail.

Memorial Park Conservancy is a private, nonprofit organization that operates and maintains 1,100 of the Park’s 1,500 acres. The Conservancy’s mission is to restore, preserve and enhance Memorial Park for the enjoyment of all Houstonians, today and tomorrow.

Founded in 2000, Memorial Park Conservancy aspires to implement principles of exceptional park management and stewardship in a successful public-private partnership with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD). In 2015, Memorial Park Conservancy took over the day-to-day operations and maintenance of 1,100 of the 1,500 acres of Memorial Park.

Memorial Park Conservancy advances our mission through the following areas of focus:

  • Conservation

    Including restoration of native ecosystems, stormwater management, improving  soils through the BioCycle Program, managing the Native Grow-Out Program, reforestation and tree care, watering and irrigation, invasive species control, wildlife conservation and fire protection zones.

  • Amenity Design, Construction and Maintenance

    Including new and existing trails, new buildings and construction, and existing facility maintenance.

  • Community Involvement and Education

    Including volunteer conservation and forestry work, community events, newsletters and social media, and advocating for Park needs.

  • Leading an Informed Master Plan

    In collaboration with Houston Parks and Recreation Department and Uptown Development Authority, built on the guiding principles of restoring the Park’s ecological systems and creating greater resiliency; reconnecting the Park’s land, waterways, trails, and people; consolidating compatible uses together in appropriate areas; tending to the land and the Park’s cultural history, maintaining balance through responsible management; and enhancing the overall Park experience and amenities.

Our Staff



Shellye Arnold

President & CEO

Cara Lambright

Chief Operating Officer



Desiree Alejandro

Executive Assistant

Jose Leal

Finance Manager

Yuliana Martinez

Staff Accountant

Elizabeth Taylor

Human Resources

Jeremy Windham

Communications Manager



Erik Grundvig

Conservation Technician

Eric Hollenbeck

Conservation Technician

Matthew Jackson

GIS Analyst

Daniel Millikin

Conservation Program Manager

Jacob Smith

Conservation Technician

Daniel Walton

Conservation & Forestry Supervisor

Carolyn White

Conservation Director

Capital Projects

Capital Projects

John Dupuy

Projects Manager

Randy Odinet

Project Director



Amanda Bissett

Development & Communications Coordinator

Holli Clements

Director of Development

Jill Stillwagon

Individual Giving Manager

Anne Vance

Annual Giving Manager

Events & Marketing

Events & Marketing

Margaret Bedikian

Events & Marketing Manager

Hailey Darby

Visitor Services & Permitting Assistant

Lauren Fry

Events & Permitting Coordinator

Molly Glotfelty

Visitor Services Assistant

Tracy Webb

Visitor Services Assistant

Marilyn White

Visitor Services Assistant

Greenspace & Operations

Greenspace & Operations

Elvin Amaro

Grounds Technician

Julian Alfaro

Grounds Technician

Lino Barbosa

Native Horticulture Technician

Channing Cooper

Native Horticulture Technician

Suzanne Formanek

Operations Supervisor

Jimmie Cummings

Operations Technician II

Katie LeBoeuf

Native Horticulture Crew Leader

Jessie Maldonado

Grounds Foreman

Grady Reed

Native Landscape Manager

Jose Rubio

Grounds Technician II

Michael Rigobert

Native Horticulture Technician

Timothy Scruggs

Grounds Crew Leader

Adrian Suarez

Operations Technician II

Simon Zavala

Native Horticulture Technician II

Paul Taylor

Operations Foreman

Theo White

Grounds Technician II

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Board of Directors

Steve Jenkins

Vice Chairman
Casey Doherty

Steve Jenkins

Margaret Pierce

President & CEO
Shellye Arnold

David Berry
Myron G. Blalock III
John Briscoe
Chuck Carlberg
Claire Caudill
Robert Clay
John Garibaldi
Kate Gibson
Randall Grace
Michael Grasley
Richard Hightower
Kenneth Huewitt

Dennis Johnston
Sabrina Kirwin
John Paukune
Carrie Pepi
John Porter
Dena Prasher
Philip Schneidau
Ashley Small
Anita Smith
Terri Thomas
Catherine Wilde
Charles H. Wilson
Russell Windham

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