Chief Executive Officer
A native Texan, Blair Fitzsimons serves as the Texas Agricultural Land Trust’s founding executive, bringing with her a strong combination of experience in non-profit management, public policy, and conservation issues. Previously, as consultant to American Farmland Trust (AFT), Blair facilitated the start-up of the Ag Land Trust, which was created by leaders from the state’s leading agricultural and landowner organizations. She also worked on legislation establishing the Texas Farm & Ranch Lands Conservation Program, which provides state funding to purchase conservation easements, and commissioned the 2009 Texas A&M/American Farmland Trust Texas Land Trends study.
In addition to her work with the Ag Land Trust, Blair serves on the board of the national Land Trust Alliance, which represents 1,000 member land trusts nationwide. She also serves as an agricultural representative on the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group which addresses regional water planning needs for inclusion in the state water plan.
Blair’s love of the land began on her grandfather’s ranch in Frio County. Since 1989, she has been actively involved in the operations of her husband’s family ranch, winner of numerous awards including from the Texas Society for Range Management, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Fitzsimons will be honored on April 13, with the Audubon’s Texas Women in Conservation Terry Hershey Award. She was honored by Texas Wildlife Foundation as a “Woman of the Land” in 2010, and she and her husband Joseph were co-recipients of the prestigious Harvey Weil Sportsman and Conservationist of the year in 2015. The mother of three grown children, she says: “Our ranch is the anchor and touchstone for my family. It has shaped our values and principles. Being involved with the Ag Land Trust is my way of ensuring that other families have the opportunity to protect and pass their cherished lands down to future generations.”
Blair was honored in June, 2010 by the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation as a “Woman of the Land.” Watch as she discusses why land stewardship is important to her and her family.Click here to view video