Our mission is to protect and enhance the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake. Since our formation in 2003 as a 501(c)(3), we have fulfilled our mission through careful improvements to the Trail’s infrastructure and environment, while honoring the original vision of the Trail’s founders. In 2003, we formed the Town Lake Trail Foundation to continue the work of the Citizen’s Committee and ensure that the heart of Austin stays strong. In 2008, inspired by the renaming of the lake, we adopted the name The Trail Foundation.

Our passionate stewards work diligently to guide the vision of The Trail Foundation and to protect and enhance the Trail at Lady Bird Lake.


Brian Ott

Interim Executive Director

Brian is a licensed Landscape Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional who most recently served as Managing Principal of the Austin office of TBG Partners for the past 25 years. His diverse project experience and commitment to the positive growth of Austin will help protect and enhance the Trail.

Rachel Rountree

Development Director

Rachel has been a Trail user since she moved to Austin in 2000. Whether going for a run or walking with a friend, the Trail is the place she goes to unwind and recenter.

Beth Carroll

Project and Creative Director

Beth is a self-proclaimed plant nerd (and Landscape Architect) and has enjoyed visiting the Trail to test her knowledge of native plants since her move to Austin in 2006. You can catch her on the Trail caving in to her ‘sometimes runner’ or admiring the aquatic plant-life from a kayak with her husband and son.

Margo Stefka

Office Manager

Margo enjoys visiting The Trail with her husband John and their three children – Skylar, Jack and Thomas. During the summer, you can find them out in kayaks, enjoying all of the beautiful scenery that Lady Bird Lake has to offer.

Tom Ludwig

Ecological Design & Restoration Program Manager

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Tom has been in the environmental field for over 6 years.  He played NCAA soccer for Allegheny College and club soccer at The Ohio State University where he went to graduate school to earn his masters of Landscape Architecture.  Tom’s favorite part of the trail is the Pfluger pedestrian bridge for the beautiful views of the hill country and downtown.

Kelly Grajeda

Strategic Project & Grants Associate

Having grown up in Austin, Kelly has always enjoyed the Trail and Austin’s other green spaces as places to connect with her friends and family. Over the last five years, she has worked with various arts and environmental organizations and looks forward to contributing to the many positive impacts of The Trail Foundation. She is set to receive her Master of Public Affairs from UT’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in May 2017

Tiffany Winters

Events and Volunteer Associate

Tiffany grew up on Lake LBJ in the heart of the Texas Hill Country and spending time in the outdoors has always been an important part of her life. When she moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas at Austin, the Trail quickly became a little piece of home in downtown Austin. Tiffany plans to graduate from the Moody College of Communications in May 2018.

Richard Thornton

Patagonia Environmental Intern