Town Hall

Forum Town Hall

Responding to Change: Advocating for Preservation under the New Administration

Thursday, May 25, 2017 • 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET


Location: AIA Headquarters, 1735 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006-5292

Program: The Town Hall will feature brief remarks from policy experts before a Q/A and open discussion with audience members. This live event provides members of the preservation community the opportunity to exchange ideas, questions and concerns in response to policy changes at the federal level under the new administration that impact historic preservation. The dialogue will also address what role preservation should play in bridging the deep divisions realized in our country. 


Stephanie Meeks, President and CEO, National Trust of Historic Preservation (Opening Remarks)
Stephanie Meeks has been the president and chief executive officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation since July 2010. Under her leadership, the National Trust has developed an ambitious strategic plan designed to refocus direct action on saving imperiled places, engage new audiences in preservation, and increase the organization’s impact by a factor of ten. 

David Dudley, Executive Editor, CityLab (Moderator)
CityLab is an online magazine published by Atlantic Media that focuses on the biggest ideas and most important issues facing the world's metro areas and neighborhoods. Dudley is the former editor-in-chief of Urbanite Magazine and a longtime resident of Baltimore, MD.

Jennifer S. Vey, Fellow and Co-Director, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking, Brookings Institution (Panelist)
At Brookings Ms. Vey's work primarily focuses on the competitiveness and quality of life of cities and metro areas in the innovation economy. Prior to joining Brookings in June 2001, Jennifer was a Community Planning and Development Specialist at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She earned a Master of Planning degree from the University of Virginia, and holds a B.A. in Geography from Bucknell University. 

Marion Werkheiser, Director, Coalition for American Heritage (Panelist)
Marion Werkheiser directs strategy for the Coalition for American Heritage, an advocacy network organized after the 2016 election to protect and advance our nation’s commitment to heritage preservation. Ms. Werkheiser is an attorney with Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC, and her practice focuses exclusively on heritage matters. In 2014, the Register of Professional Archaeologists honored her with its John F. Seiberling Award for her significant and sustained efforts in the conservation of archaeological resources. Ms. Werkheiser is a graduate of Indiana University and Harvard Law School.

Tom Cassidy, Vice President, Government Relations and Policy, National Trust for Historic Preservation (Closing Remarks)
Tom Cassidy is responsible for the overall direction and management of the National Trust’s government relations agenda, including its campaign to protect and enhance the historic tax credit, funding for the Historic Preservation Fund, transportation programs, and the cultural and historic programs of federal land management agencies.  Prior to joining the National Trust, Tom worked for The Nature Conservancy as its Director of Federal Land Programs for more than 12 years.