Forum Town Hall: Responding to Change—Advocating for Preservation under the New Administration

By Forum Online posted 05-31-2017 16:42


Last week Preservation Leadership Forum hosted our first ever Forum Town Hall: "Responding to Change: Advocating for Preservation Under the New Administration." The town hall featured remarks from policy experts followed by a Q&A and open discussion with audience members. This live event provided members of the preservation community the opportunity to exchange ideas, questions, and concerns in response to federal policy changes under the new administration that impact historic preservation. The dialogue addressed the role of preservation in bridging the deep divisions in our country.

Watch a full recording of the town hall:


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 10. 

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

Jennifer S. Vey, Fellow and Co-Director, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking, Brookings Institution (Panelist)
At the Brookings Institution, Jennifer S. Vey's work primarily focuses on the competitiveness of cities and metro areas in the innovation economy and the and quality of life there. Prior to joining Brookings in June 2001, Vey 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 bachelor's degree 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. 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. 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, as well as 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, Cassidy worked as the director of federal land programs at The Nature Conservancy for more than 12 years.  

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