Kim McKnight is a Project Coordinator and Cultural Resource Specialist at the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. She is currently the project leader for the Historic Austin Cemeteries Master Plan and recently worked on the Pease Park Master Plan. Additionally, she tracks the inventory of historic resources in the park system, works with community groups on park improvements, and advises on issues related historic properties and cultural landscapes.
Ms McKnight served as the executive director of the Texas Downtown Association, a statewide nonprofit organization with over 400 members.
She also led the Texas Main Street Center of the Texas Historical Commission, which provides direct, on-site assistance to more than 80 Texas Main Street Cities in the areas of design and architecture, economic development, board development and training, strategic planning and facilitation, visual merchandising, and interior space planning.
Ms. McKnight is an active volunteer, serving on the board of Preservation Austin, an organization that supports the preservation of Austin’s historic buildings and districts. Other passions include many years of support of Little Zilker Park and Zilker Elementary School.
Ms. McKnight, a native of Austin, holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She is married to Peter Stiles, real estate agent and Austin musician, and is the proud mother of Loretta (9) and Bonnie (7) Ms. McKnight enjoys bird watching, Texas dancehalls and peace on earth.