President and Chief Executive Officer
Stephanie K. Meeks brings deep experience helping large, stewardship-driven nonprofits focus their vision and align their operations to achieve mission success. Under her leadership, the National Trust works to save nationally important places, and helps local preservationists and partner groups protect historic places nationwide. Prior to joining the National Trust in 2010, Stephanie served as President and CEO of Counterpart International. She also held senior executive positions, including Acting President and CEO, during her 17-year career with The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s largest conservation organizations. While there, she led the three largest capital campaigns in conservation history and helped save numerous world-class places. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado, an MBA from The George Washington University and currently serves as vice chair of the Potomac Conservancy board.
Chief of Staff
Tabitha Almquist provides strategic direction and cross-organizational coordination to implement the president’s agenda. She also oversees Trustee relations and internal communications and has responsibility for managing the organization’s strategic planning process. Prior to joining the organization 11 years ago, she served in a congressional press office, worked on several statewide and federal political campaigns, and spent time in a lobbying and public relations firm. She has also assisted in the editing of two children’s books. She grew up in a family of preservationists and restoration architects and considers herself a preservationist from birth. She holds a journalism degree from The George Washington University.
Executive Vice President and Chief Preservation Officer
David J. Brown directs the Trust's comprehensive array of preservation programs: direct action to protect America's national treasures, advocacy for preservation incentives and laws, support for local preservation leadership, building of new historic site models, and promotion of preservation’s role in environmental sustainability. He served as founding executive director of the Preservation Alliance of Virginia and as executive director of Historic Staunton Foundation in Staunton, VA. Among the first graduates of Middle Tennessee State University's preservation program, David also holds a master's in planning from Georgia Tech. He served as chairman of the Governor's Commission to Study Historic Preservation in Virginia, has written extensively on preservation, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO).
Chief Development Officer
Robert Lee Bull, Jr. leads the Trust’s fund-raising efforts on behalf of America’s historic places. A native of Baltimore, Mr. Bull is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts, holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre and arts administration from Goucher College, and most recently completed a master’s of science in Organizational Leadership and Management from Antioch University New England. He is a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), recognized as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), and currently serves on the AFP Diversity Committee. He is a frequent presenter and panelist at regional and national conferences sponsored by AFP, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, and Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Chief Legal Officer
Over a 25-year career with the National Trust, Paul Edmondson has worked on a variety of legal issues pertaining to the protection of historic resources, from matters of constitutional law to tax incentives to local landmarks issues. He oversees all of the organization’s legal services, as well as the National Trust Legal Defense Fund and the organization’s easement programs. As corporate secretary, he is also responsible for overseeing the Trust’s bylaws, minutes and other corporate governance matters. He holds an undergraduate degree in anthropology from Cornell and practiced for several years as an archeologist before entering law school at American University. Prior to joining the National Trust, he was a senior attorney for the federal government.
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Michael L. Forster leads the Trust’s finance, human resources, and information technology functions and oversight responsibility for two of the strategies in the strategic plan; achieving financial strength and creating a 21st century workplace. Prior to joining the trust in 2014, Mike served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NeighborWorks America, a congressionally chartered non-profit corporation that provides grants, programmatic support, training and technical assistance to a network of more than 235 independent, community based nonprofit organizations to help preserve and create affordable, sustainable communities. Mike’s other experience includes executive and management positions with major trade association, Arthur Andersen, LLP and other Fortune 100 accounting and consulting firms, and the Washington Post Company. Mike earned his bachelor’s in finance from George Washington University and his master’s in management administration from Central Michigan University. He is also a licensed certified public accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).