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Allison Elder, JD
Allison Elder
Director of Legal Services

Allison Elder is the Director of Legal Services for the San Antonio River Authority (River Authority).  In this capacity she manages the legal needs of River Authority and serves on the executive team.  Her responsibilities at SARA include legal compliance in the areas of contracting, construction, environmental regulation, risk management and records retention. 

Her career has focused on private land conservation and historic preservation.  Allison has a finance degree and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  Prior to joining SARA, Allison was the Vice-President and General Counsel of the Texas Agricultural Land Trust, a statewide private land conservation organization.  She has also served as a Senior Attorney at the law firm of Braun & Gresham, and as Executive Director of Green Spaces Alliance.  She is the immediate past Chair of the Texas Land Trust Council and of Mission Heritage Partners, the friends group for the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.   She is a volunteer with the Mentor Circle Program at St Mary’s University School of Law.  Allison was selected by the San Antonio Business Journal as an Outstanding Lawyer in the community in 2019.  She was a member of the 2017 Leadership San Antonio Class 42. 

Allison and her husband Steve have been married for 32 years and have four children.