Clara Keyt, Office Administrator
Clara is primarily responsible for the Land Trust’s business and financial operations, human resources and supporting the staff and board. She also assists with event planning.
Clara has enjoyed working with landowners, government and non-profit organizations to restore, conserve and preserve cultural and natural resources for more than twenty years. Prior to joining the Land Trust, she spent eight years as an instructor at Colorado State University (CSU), where she taught undergraduate classes in environmental, indigenous and United States history. At CSU, she joined a team of historians and other specialists to complete cultural and natural resource surveys for the National Park Service. Clara worked as an outreach coordinator and public relations assistant in the City of Phoenix’s Historic Preservation Office in support of Arizona’s 100-year Statehood Commemoration. For four years, she held a position as editor and historian at Arizona State University, researching environmental management and federal policies related to Native American lands. She received a BA and MA from the University of West Florida and spent her early career in the environmental consulting industry. She holds a PhD in Public and Environmental History from Arizona State University. Her dissertation focused on communities’ historical attachments to their home places and negotiations to conserve those landscapes.
Clara grew up in the rural wetlands, piney flats and sand hills along Florida’s Gulf Coast and quickly developed a strong attachment to rural places. She has been happy to call Cheyenne home since 2012. In her free time, she can be found hiking, shooting, gardening, and traveling with her family and miniature dachshund, Edward.