The Nature Conservancy Welcomes New Trustees

Julia L. Peters and Celia Culver Rutt elected to the Board of Trustees

Santa Fe, NM | December 09, 2011

The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico today announced the election of Julia L. Peters and Celia Culver Rutt to its Board of Trustees. Both individuals are passionate about conservation and New Mexico.

“We’re excited to welcome Julia and Celia to our team. Their dedication to preservation of the natural world, paired with their unique work experiences and enthusiasm, will bring many assets to The Nature Conservancy,” says Terry Sullivan, the Conservancy’s state director in New Mexico. “Trustees provide vital volunteer leadership that help us protect our state’s important landscapes and waterways. By educating their friends and networks about the work we do, they also help us build effective partnerships.”

Julia L. Peters is a principal and Senior Vice President of Avalon Trust, a private wealth management company located in Santa Fe. For the past 13 years, Avalon has been committed to socially responsible investing, designing customized portfolios for a diverse group of individuals and nonprofit agencies throughout the United States and around the world. Peters is an estate planning attorney by trade and practiced with firms in Seattle and Santa Fe before joining Avalon in 2006. In her role at Avalon, Peters work varies from special assets, such as art collections and real estate, to helping design and implement complex philanthropic strategies. Peters earned her bachelor’s and law degrees from Willamette University and is a member of the New Mexico and Washington State Bars. Peters, a graduate of Leadership New Mexico and a board member of Delta Dental, has been living in Santa Fe since 1998. 

Celia Culver Rutt has lived in Santa Fe since 2002 and divides her time between New Mexico and the Allegheny Highlands of Virginia. In Santa Fe, she has been a natural science instructor for the K-8 Outdoor Classroom Program at the Randall Davey Audubon Center and served as the Board Chair of Desert Academy. Currently, she volunteers as a Junior Achievement teacher with the Santa Fe Public Schools. While living in Virginia, she taught science, stream monitoring, and was also a continuing education instructor in native plant propagation at the University of Virginia’s Arboretum and the National Arboretum. Rutt, who holds a biology degree from Transylvania University and a master’s from Boston University, serves on the Advisory Board of the Allegheny Highlands Agricultural Center in Virginia, a for-profit community-based facility that supports local agriculture. 

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