open land trust kristin williamsKristin Williams has assumed the post as Executive Director of Beaufort County Open Land Trust following a year as Director of Stewardship, where she was responsible for all management activities related to the Trust’s 137 fee properties and conservation easements.  

         Williams brings with her 10 years of leadership in environmental protection and conservation, where she served as Executive Director of the prominent conservation organization – “Friends of the Environment”, located in Abaco, Bahamas.

         “We are thrilled to have Kristen lead the Trust’s important work Beaufort County and take that work to the next level,” said Cindy Baysden, who retired on December 31.  “Since its inception almost 50 years ago the Beaufort County Open Land Trust has become one of the most successful organizations of its kind in the Southeast.”

         Williams is a native of the Bahamas. She is very familiar with the South Carolina coast and Lowcountry Region having graduated from College of Charleston in 2003.

         “Most of my adult life has been spent protecting natural areas and connecting them with people, and the Open Land Trust has been a model in this regard,” said Williams. “I consider it a true privilege to assume this position, and I look forward to the new opportunities it presents.”

         In the Bahamas Williams was known as an extremely resourceful fundraiser. During her tenure with that non-profit organization she strengthened and expanded educational programs and established relationships with organizations like Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment, National Geographic and The International Gamefish Organization.

         Williams currently lives in Beaufort with her husband Lloyd and their two children.