National Trust for Historic Preservation Names Broadcasting Executive Marita Rivero Chairman-Elect to Board of Trustees

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that Marita Rivero has been named chairman-elect to the National Trust’s Board of Trustees. Marita will assume the chairman’s role in October 2014.

Marita is currently of counsel to the leadership at WGBH Boston, the award-winning PBS station, where she previously held an executive position until her retirement last June.  Marita has served on the Board of Trustees for the National Trust since 2009, where she chairs the Fundraising Committee and serves as a member of the Executive and Trusteeship and Governance Committees. She also serves on the Board of Directors of a National Trust historic site, the Museum of African American History in Boston, where she was previously chairman of the Board.

“We are honored to have Marita Rivero serve as our new Chairman,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Marita is a true champion of preservation whose long time support of the National Trust makes this appointment a natural transition. She brings a wealth of executive leadership expertise, and a commitment to protecting the places that tell the full breadth of America’s diverse stories.  We look forward to working with her in this new capacity to take the National Trust to new levels of excellence and build a more inclusive preservation movement.”

Rivero’s career spans the scope of public broadcasting: she serves as a member of the board of NPR; as a member and former chair of the board for the National Black Programming Consortium; and member of the board for the Station Resource Group, an organization that leads public radio stations in sharpening their operations and vision.  Rivero’s areas of expertise include community partnerships, digital media, membership, and strategic planning. In addition to sitting on several national boards, Marita was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to serve as chair of the board for Bunker Hill Community College, and has served on several commissions and committees for the city of Boston.

“It is truly an honor to step into the role of chairman for the National Trust for Historic Preservation,” said Marita Rivero. “The National Trust plays an ever more critical role as so much in our society is changing and evolving.  We are contributing to and telling the country’s story as we engage with people to save and support the places they care about.”

Rivero’s preservation work includes playing a key role in the restoration of the Museum of African American History in Boston.  She also spearheaded and identified numerous preservation projects for the National Trust in Massachusetts and the greater Northeast region, serving as a National Trust Advisor.  Rivero has been a thought leader on emerging preservation issues, including how to engage more people of color in preservation.  She will moderate a session on a related topic at the National Association of Black Journalists’ 39th Annual Conference and Career Fair in Boston this summer.

Rivero is a graduate of Tufts University. She was raised in Pennsylvania, where her late father was a longtime professor and athletic director at The Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University or HBCU. Manuel Rivero was also a former Negro League baseball player. Lincoln’s sports complex bears his name.



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