Susan West Montgomery is Vice President for Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is responsible for the Trust’s publications, its National Preservation Conference, information services, training modules, and grant programs. Susan writes, researches and speaks on preservation especially its evolution as a profession and a movement . Before joining the Trust in 2009, Susan served as president of Preservation Action in Washington from 1997 to 2004, where she coordinated Preservation Action's national grassroots lobbying network and monitored legislative actions affecting preservation. She worked on a contract basis as circuit rider and outreach coordinator for the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions providing training, technical assistance, and assessments for Maryland’s 47 historic district commissions. She was the first executive director of the Buffalo Friends of Olmsted Parks which became the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
Susan holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, with majors in art history and English literature and a M.A. in American studies from the George Washington University Historic Preservation program . She is author of A Blueprint for Lobbying, published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
She serves on the Board of Directors of the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.