Jill Boullion, Bayou Land Conservancy’s Executive Director since September 2016, attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1982. From there, she moved to Houston and began a career in advertising as a production manager and media buyer.
In 1988, she quit her job to start her own design and marketing firm, with her husband, Patrick, and the clients were mainly oil-field service and energy firms.
Boullion switched gears after 20 years and began a career in community development, with the education of the Community Development Institute hosted by the Lone Star College System. From there, Boullion volunteered at several different organizations, including Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce, which she chaired in 2008.
The volunteer work provided her a new perspective on Houston. In 2013, Boullion was certified as a Professional Community and Economic Developer by the National Development Council, and now she is Executive Director with BLC.
What brought you to BLC?
The opportunity to permanently protect land. During my early working days, before I knew Houston well and started more local volunteer efforts, I always gave money to the Nature Conservancy. Maybe it goes back to growing up in a farming community or spending summer vacations hiking the mountains of Colorado, but I just have a real appreciation for protecting our landscape. I knew it would be a career challenge to enter the land trust world, but Bayou Land Conservancy has a 20-year track record, [and] is well-established and respected in the community, so I knew I would find good mentors and guides.