2013-2014 Season

Urban CPR: Community. Preservation. Resurgence.

 Stephanie  Meeks

Stephanie Meeks
National Trust for Historical Preservation

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Across the country, cities are experiencing dramatic changes and historic challenges. The National Trust for Historic Preservation sees this change as an opportunity to create the kind of vibrant communities that attract new businesses and residents. The National Trust is working with public and private entities nationwide on a range of preservation-based strategies for strengthening and revitalizing our country’s urban centers. Stephanie Meeks will showcase these urban preservation strategies and discuss how preservation is the CPR for the future success of America’s cities.
  • Meeting Date: Monday, May 19, 2014
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: The Masonic


 Stephen R. Polk

Stephen R. Polk Chairman, President & CEO
Highgate LLC


Speaker Biography

Stephanie Meeks   
Stephanie Meeks was named president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in July 2010. She brings deep experience helping large, stewardship-driven organizations in the non-profit sector focus their vision and align their operations strategically, to achieve mission success.

Under her leadership, the National Trust works to save nationally significant places, and leverages expertise and resources to help partner groups protect important historic places in communities nationwide.

Prior to joining the National Trust, Stephanie served as President and CEO of Counterpart International, a non-profit international development organization working in twenty-five countries.

She also held senior executive positions, including Chief Operating Officer and Acting President and CEO, during her 17-year career with The Nature Conservancy, one of the world's largest and most influential conservation organizations. During her tenure, she led the three largest capital campaigns in conservation history, one of which raised $1.6 billion. She also helped to save numerous world-class places, from Oklahoma’s Tallgrass Prairie to Brazil’s Pantanal to the marine resources of Palau.

Stephanie currently serves as Secretary 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.