President and Chief Executive Officer
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.
Under Stephanie’s tenure, the National Trust has worked to bring a more diverse and younger group of Americans into the preservation movement, and support their efforts in their communities and across the nation. It has also launched an effort to highlight the critical connection between older buildings and vibrant cities, and spearheaded research reflecting the benefits of historic preservation in today’s urban areas.
Stephanie has championed 21st-century business processes and systems to better meet today’s preservation challenges. The organization has strategically repositioned its portfolio of 27 historic sites to achieve new levels of stewardship, implemented a bold plan to upgrade its technology infrastructure, and moved its operations to the historic Watergate building, creating a dynamic, state-of-the-art workplace to move preservation forward.
Before joining the National Trust, Stephanie served in several senior executive positions with The Nature Conservancy, one of the world's largest and most influential conservation organizations. She also served as director of RARE, a U.S.-based conservation group that uses social marketing to address environmental challenges in communities around the world, and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of the Potomac Conservancy. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado and an MBA from George Washington University.
Chief of Staff
For more than a decade, Tabitha Almquist has been a member of the executive leadership of the National Trust and aided its work of saving historic places. As Chief of Staff, she provides strategic direction to the Trust and coordinates across the organization to implement the president’s agenda. She manages the Trust’s long-term planning efforts, works with the Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board to direct the work of the Board of Trustees, and oversees the Trust’s internal communications program.
Along with managing the shared objectives and goals of the executive team, Tabitha has led several Trust-wide programs and initiatives, many designed to address difficult and multifaceted issues. These include administering the Trust’s transition to its new headquarters at the historic Watergate, an architecture, design, and construction project. She guided a significant restructuring of the National Trust Advisors program, to ensure this critical and long-standing resource is aligned with the organization’s current priorities. And she is leading the organization’s ongoing cultural change efforts.
Tabitha grew up in a family of preservationists and restoration architects and considers herself a preservationist from birth. She first joined the National Trust in 2000 as a staff assistant to former President Richard Moe, serving later as a Special Assistant to the President, Executive Director of Communications, and, as of January 2004, Chief of Staff.
Prior to her time with the Trust, Tabitha worked at the lobbying and public relations firm Murray, Scheer, Montgomery, Tapia, & O’Donnell and served in the press office of Congressman Michael N. Castle of Delaware. She also assisted on several statewide and federal political campaigns. She holds a journalism degree from The George Washington University.
Executive Vice President and Chief Preservation Officer
David J. Brown leads the National Trust’s comprehensive preservation efforts, with four decades of experience in working to save historic places and build thriving, livable communities. He plays a key oversight role in the implementation of the National Trust’s Preservation10X strategic vision, including the National Treasure campaigns that help protect some of America’s most significant and threatened historic places. He guides the Trust’s advocacy work on behalf of the country’s most important preservation laws and incentives. And he oversees support for local preservation leadership, providing today’s preservation community with effective, high-impact training offerings.
Under David's direction, the Trust is promoting preservation's role in environmental sustainability and is committed to improving its diverse collection of historic sites across the country. With his guidance, the organization has focused on a multi-year, $25 million stewardship program to address critical priorities across its entire portfolio of sites.
David also led the creation of PreservationNation.org—the Trust’s initial introduction to the online world—and conceptualized and fostered the $15 million Partners in Preservation initiative with American Express. He successfully led the organization’s first capital campaign, the $135 million Campaign for America’s Historic Places, from 1999-2003.
Prior to joining the Trust, David served as the founding executive director of the Preservation Alliance of Virginia, where he produced one of the nation’s first studies on the economic impact of preservation, and as director of the Historic Staunton Foundation in Virginia. He was among the first graduates of the Historic Preservation Program at Middle Tennessee State University, and has a Masters in Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Chief Development Officer
As chief development officer, Robert Lee Bull, Jr. leads the National Trust’s fundraising efforts on behalf of America’s historic places and champions a bold, new $200 million fundraising campaign, launched in 2012, to support its ambitious strategic plan, and increase the organization’s impact and scale by a factor of ten.
Robert’s first connection with the Trust dates to 2009, when he facilitated a workshop designed to build capacity for affiliate and partner organizations. He co-designed an innovative curriculum and, over four years, helped to train hundreds of Board members and more than fifty organizations working to save African American history, including 21 Rosenwald Schools now listed as National Treasures.
In early 2012, Robert officially joined the National Trust as the fundraising consultant for the new campaign. He became the acting chief development officer six months later and assumed his current title shortly thereafter. In his first year he increased staff levels by 100% and restructured workloads to align with the Trust’s new direction and focus on National Treasures.
Prior to joining the Trust, Robert spent two decades as a development officer and consultant, successfully raising funds for more than one hundred nonprofit organizations, including the National Parks Conservation Association and Yellowstone Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in theater and arts administration from Goucher College and a master’s of science in organizational leadership and management from Antioch University New England.
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 archaeologist 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 is the chief financial and administrative officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He directs finance, human resources, and information technology at the National Trust and oversees two key components of the organization’s strategic plan – achieving financial strength and creating a 21st century workplace.
Since joining the Trust in April 2014, Michael has worked to enhance the Trust’s financial reporting infrastructure and led an overhaul of finance and administration, in keeping with the Preservation 10X strategic plan. He has also outlined the framework for a second phase of information technology changes, and initiated efforts to bolster services for the Trust’s benefits programs, including its retirement plan and healthcare programs.
Prior to joining the Trust, Michael served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of NeighborWorks America, a congressionally chartered nonprofit corporation providing grants, programmatic support, training, and technical assistance to a network of over 235 independent, community-based nonprofit organizations to help preserve and create affordable, sustainable communities. He oversaw complex business operations in excess of $250 million a year at NeighborWorks and implemented financial and administrative best practices.
Michael has extensive executive and management experience. He has worked for a national trade association, Arthur Andersen, LLP, and other Fortune 100 accounting and consulting firms, as well as the Washington Post Company. A licensed certified public accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from George Washington University and a master’s in management administration from Central Michigan University.
Chief Marketing Officer
As Chief Marketing Officer, Amy Maniatis brings more than two decades of digital marketing and brand building experience to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She provides leadership and strategic direction for the overall brand positioning and awareness of the organization, and oversees Community Outreach, Corporate Sponsorship, Editorial and Creative, Membership, Public Affairs, and social and digital strategies across all platforms.
Before joining the organization in October 2014, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at National Geographic Society, the first CMO in its 125-year history. There, she reinvigorated the membership program and successfully expanded the Society’s reach to include younger, more diverse audiences.
Prior to National Geographic, Amy held various marketing roles at major retail and technology companies in the San Francisco Bay area. As Vice President of Marketing at CafePress, she successfully developed an online ecommerce community, increasing revenue for the “design-your-own” retail brand. At Nimblefish Technologies, Maniatis deployed highly customized digital marketing technology to help clients reach their target customers.
Amy also previously worked at Fortune 500 retailer Gap, Inc. Through innovative brand marketing campaigns in a variety of media, she expanded several of the company’s showcase brands, including GapKids, babyGap and Old Navy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of California-Berkeley, and lives with her family in Washington, DC.