National Trust Leadership

The National Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees that provides the organization with counsel, guidance, and leadership.

President & CEO: Paul Edmondson

Paul Edmondson is the president and ceo of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Before being named to the position in June 2019, Paul served for more than two decades as the organization’s general counsel.

Chair: Timothy P. Whalen

Timothy P. Whalen is Director of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI). A part of the Los Angeles-based J. Paul Getty Trust, the GCI works internationally to advance and improve the practice of conservation of our cultural heritage.

Vice Chair: Susan E. Chapman-Hughes

Susan E. Chapman-Hughes is a Senior Vice President/General Manager in the Global Commercial Services (GCS) division at American Express. In this role, she leads a global team responsible for managing, optimizing, and transforming the customer experience for commercial clients to help power growth for the GCS business.

Vice Chair: Jay Clemens

Jay Clemens of Hillsborough, California recently retired as Senior Vice President of Legal and General Counsel at Lenovo Group Limited based in San Francisco. Prior to joining Lenovo, he was instrumental in building the in-house legal function at eBay.

Staff Leadership: Executive Team

The National Trust's staff are lead by an Executive Team, each of whom directs a division of the organization's work.

National Trust Community Investment Corporation

National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC) is a fully owned for-profit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

NTCIC President: Merrill Hoopengardner

As President of NTCIC, Merrill Hoopengardner directs fundraising and acquisitions opportunities, develops and implements overall strategy and new lines of business for the company, and coordinates governing board/staff relations.

NTCIC Chair: Bruce Block

Bruce Block is a shareholder in the law firm of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, s.c. He served as chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department for twelve years and served on the firm’s Board of Directors for eighteen years.

NTCIC: National Trust Community Investment Corporation

National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC) enables tax credit equity investments that support sustainable communities nationwide. NTCIC places qualified tax credits for federal and state historic (HTC), new markets (NMTC), solar (ITC) and low-income housing (LIHTC) projects.

National Main Street Center

The National Main Street Center was established as a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980 as a way to address the myriad issues facing older and historic downtowns during that time. It is now an independent subsidiary of the Trust.

NMSC President & CEO: Patrice Frey

Patrice Frey is President and CEO of the National Main Street Center, where she oversees the Center’s work, offering technical assistance, research, advocacy, and education and training opportunities for Main Street’s network of approximately 1,100 communities.

NMSC Chair: Ed McMahon

Ed McMahon is the Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development and Charles E. Fraser Chair for Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy at the Urban Land Institute.

NMSC Board Vice Chair: Darryl Young

Darryl Young is the Director of the Summit Foundation’s Sustainable Cities Program. Previously, he was General Manager and led the public relations practice at Riester, a national advertising, public relations, and social marketing firm.

National Main Street Center: Main Street America

Working with a nationwide network of coordinating programs and local communities, Main Street has helped over 2,000 communities across the country bring economic vitality back downtown, while celebrating their historic character and bringing communities together.

Announcing the 2020 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

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