Peace of Land was started in 2019 by Lisa Shealy. After 14 years of growth and service with Lowcountry Land Trust (LLT), a local non-profit land conservation organization based in Charleston, SC, Lisa felt compelled to return to her home state of Georgia and to continue her work in land conservation. "Conservation has always been a calling and a passion for me, and I have always loved being a part of the non-profit and land trust communities," she explains. After being a part of the significant growth and success of Lowcountry Land Trust, and being mentored by some of the best conservationists in South Carolina, Lisa wanted to find a way to share her experience and skills to support other land trusts and conservation groups, particularly those in the earlier stages of development or in the process of growth. Additionally, she saw the need for many organizations to fill a temporary gap in capacity due to special projects or other timely opportunities and needs. Thus, Peace of Land was born with the vision of supporting land trusts and other partners in land conservation.
Lisa has a Master's of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston and Bachelor's of Science degrees in Biology and Ecology from the University of Georgia. She held brief positions for county, state and federal agencies while gaining experience during her college career, including Gwinnett County Public Utilities, SC Department of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, and US Forest Service. Lisa began working with LLT in 2005 as the Conservation Planner, later specializing in GIS Management as the organization grew, and then served as the Director of Science & Stewardship for her last 2 years at LLT.