Heath Riddles joined the Pease Park Conservancy as CEO in April 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and began his professional journey as a television news producer at the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City, and later at FOX 7 News here in Austin.
In 2000, Heath transitioned into the nonprofit sector, and over the last 18 years, he has helped raise millions of dollars for local organizations. He has held senior leadership positions at Equality Texas as Deputy Director of Fundraising and Communications; Texas Advocacy Project as Deputy Executive Director; the Long Center for Performing Arts as Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications; and The Hispanic Alliance as Vice President of Fund Development and Communications. Along the way, he did a brief tour on the agency side of things as a director at Elizabeth Christian Public Relations.
Heath has served on the boards of the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, The Hispanic Alliance, and Waterloo Counseling Center. He is a member of the advisory council for Sightlines, an independent nonprofit online magazine of arts, culture, news, and ideas. Heath is passionate about nature and art, and he lives in south Austin with his husband Marcus and their two toy fox terriers, Fitz and Giuseppe.