Richard Moe

Washington, DC

As the seventh president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Richard Moe transformed not just the organization, but the preservation movement. When Moe started in 1993, he brought to the table a distinguished career in public service, , a lifelong interest in history and a commitment to build and lead a strong, diverse and truly national movement. Under his leadership, the National Trust advanced the public’s understanding of how our lands, cities, towns, neighborhoods, and buildings are vessels for our national memory and identity. He championed diversity, sought to protect public lands, and responded proactively to the catastrophic effects of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast. Moe’s legacy as president of the National Trust is far-reaching and lasting. He built the capacity of statewide and local partner organizations. In doing so, he increased collaboration across the country, unified efforts, and strengthened the movement overall. He forged a powerful alliance among preservationists, conservationists, and historians to prevent the construction of an inappropriate theme park in the historic Northern Virginia Piedmont. The battles led by Moe against corporate giants such as Disney and Wal-Mart helped to save both iconic and vernacular places nationwide. He spotlighted preservation’s crucial role in economic, social, and environmental sustainability, and focused attention on threats facing historic and cultural resources on America’s public lands. He ended the National Trust’s longstanding reliance on federal appropriations and carried out two successful fundraising campaigns. The result: unprecedented financial independence and stability for the organization. Moe’s book, Changing Places: Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl, spoke to a vision of “whole environment” preservation. There he addressed critical national issues such as sprawl, the loss of neighborhood schools, and the importance of preserving landmarks of modernism and the recent past. With Moe at the helm, the preservation movement’s focus shifted from simply saving historic buildings to instilling a preservation ethic across America. In turn, the National Trust became more credible, visible, and effective – a dynamic force on a national level. Richard Moe embodies the vitality and passion of historic preservation. He exemplifies sound judgment, sterling integrity, and untiring dedication to the cause. He was – and is – a transformational leader.