David J. Brown - Executive Vice President and Chief Preservation Officer

Email - dbrown@savingplaces.org
Phone - (202) 588-6227

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.

David J. Brown

David J. Brown - Executive Vice President and Chief Preservation Officer

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