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Four members of the general public and four historic preservation experts are appointed by the President, including the chairman and vice chairman.

Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson
Sacramento, California (term of office: 2013-2017) (General Public)

Milford Wayne DonaldsonIn June 2010, Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, LEED AP was appointed by President Barack Obama as Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

Donaldson most recently served as the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) for the state of California from 2004 through 2012. The SHPO serves as Chief Administrative Officer of the Office of Historic Preservation in Sacramento and as Executive Secretary of the State Historical Resources Commission.

Before his appointment in 2004 by Gov. Schwarzenegger, he had a successful 26 year practice as a preservation architect and contractor in California, Arizona, and Nevada. He is a former Chair of the State Historical Building Safety Board, a past member of the State Historical Resources Commission and past-president of the California Preservation Foundation.

He is an architect of innovative design and has received several awards in preservation architecture including the California Council of the American Institute of Architects Award of Excellence and the Historic Preservation Award and the 1996 Preservationist of the Year Award by the California Preservation Foundation. He served as a member of the Preserve America Summit "Determining What's Important" committee.

Donaldson is a 1967 graduate of the California Polytechnic University, where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture. He received his Master of Science from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and a Masters in Public History and Teaching from the University of San Diego.

He and his wife, Laurie, reside in Sacramento in a signature Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects 1963 mid-rise condominium. Their family includes one daughter, Erica Lynn Donaldson and two sons, Jaret Blankenship and Nevin Blankenship.

Vice Chairman Teresa Isabel Leger de Fernandez
Santa Fe, New Mexico (term of office 2013-2016) (General Public)

Teresa Isabel Leger de Fernandez founded Leger Law & Strategy in Santa Fe, New Mexico to build on her 26 years of representing Native American sovereigns, socially conscious businesses, and communities in New Mexico and the Nation on issues as diverse as cultural preservation on the Grand Canyon,  renewable energy negotiations and financing. She's successfully litigated major Voting Rights Act and other impact litigation cases in New Mexico and Arizona. She serves as General Counsel to several Indian tribes, including the Pueblos of Laguna, Santa Ana, and Santo Domingo. Previously, she clerked for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She is a member of the Historic Marker Selection Committee of the New Mexico International Women’s Forum, is President of Homewise and a Commissioner of Las Acequias de Chupadero. Leger de Fernandez has served on the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, as Vice Chair of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and as Vice-Chair of the National Center for Genome Resources. President Clinton appointed her a White House Fellow in 1995/1996. She received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Terry Guen
Chicago, Illinois (term of office 2011-2015) (Expert)

Terry Guen, FASLA, is principal and founder of Chicago-based Terry Guen Design Associates, Inc. Through her dedicated practice, focused on creating aesthetic public landscapes, she has improved Chicago’s quality of life through the rehabilitated design of the urban ecological environs. Guen’s work is known for its creative, energetic, and thoughtful approach. She provides a complete range of services, from large scale master planning, urban ecological planning, landscape and urban design, site natural and cultural context analysis, public design process, contract documentation and specification, to field management of construction and detailed layout of sustainable plantings. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and has won numerous awards and presented many lectures across the country. Guen received a B.A. in Chemistry from Bowdoin College and a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dorothy Lippert
Washington, D.C. (term of office 2011-2015) (Expert)

Dorothy Lippert is currently a Case Officer in the Repatriation Office of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. In her current position, she responds to repatriation requests from Indian tribes for human remains and sacred material. Following graduate school, she worked as the Education Coordinator for the John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. She is Choctaw, currently serves on the Executive of the World Archaeological Congress, and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Society for American Archaeology. Her research interests include the development of indigenous archaeology, repatriation, ethics and the archaeology and bioarchaeology of the southeastern United States. Lippert received her B.A. from Rice University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Lynne Sebastian
Albuquerque, New Mexico (term of office: 2013-2016) (Expert)

Lynne Sebastian is Director of Historic Preservation Programs at the SRI Foundation, a position she has held since 2001. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. Sebastian was the State Historic Preservation Officer for New Mexico from 1997 to 1999, and she was the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and the State Archaeologist from 1987 to 1997. She is the President of the Register of Professional Archaeologists and was the President of the Society for American Archaeology from 2003 to 2005. Sebastian received a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.A. from the University of Utah, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico.

Robert G. Stanton
Fairfax Station, Virginia (term of office: 2014-2018) (Expert)

Robert Stanton was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 15th director of the National Park Service (NPS) in 1997 and served until the end of the Clinton Administration. He most recently served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior. Since beginning his career in 1962 as a park ranger at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, he has dedicated his life work to improving the preservation and management of the nation’s rich and diverse natural and cultural resources. He has held key management and executive positions at the National Park Service, including Park Management Assistant, Park Superintendent, Deputy Regional Director, Regional Director, Assistant Director, Associate Director, and Director.
Stanton has been actively engaged with a number of national conservation organizations and initiatives, having co-founded the African American Experience Fund of the National Park Foundation. He has been nationally recognized through numerous awards and citations for outstanding public service and leadership in conservation, historic preservation, and youth programs, and has been awarded five honorary doctoral degrees. He has a B.S. from Huston-Tillotson University. Stanton is currently a visiting university lecturer and private consultant in national park administration, natural and cultural resource management, and diversity in employment and public programs.

Stanton's previous interactions with the ACHP include serving on President Obama's transition team for the agency and participating in the joint ACHP-NPS-Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership initiative "Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student" service learning project at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Bradford J. White

Evanston, Illinois (term of office 2014-2018) (General Public)

Bradford J. White is the Associate Director of the Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago-based private foundation working for a vibrant, resilient and creative arts sector; a safe, just and equitable society, and healthy and sustainable communities. He is the former Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development at The Habitat Company LLC. Prior to joining Habitat, Brad was Vice President of Related Midwest LLC, where he was responsible for the acquisition, financing and development of affordable and market-rate housing. He serves on the board of the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation and the Delta Institute, and is past chair of the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (now known as Landmarks Illinois) and Preservation Action.  Brad received a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from DePaul University.

A member of an Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization, a governor, and a mayor are appointed by the President.

Member of an Indian Tribe: Leonard A. Forsman
Suquamish, Washington (term of office: 2012-2016)

Leonard Forsman has served as Tribal Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe since 2005. His passions include tribal education, cultural preservation, gaming policy, and habitat protection. He has served on Tribal Council for a total of 22 years and formally was the director of the Suquamish Museum. Forsman is a graduate of the University of Washington (B.A. Anthropology) and Goucher College (M.A. Historic Preservation). Forsman grew up in Suquamish on the Port Madison Indian Reservation and continues to live there with his wife Jana Rice. He regularly participates in cultural activities including Suquamish Song & Dance and the annual Canoe Journey.

He serves on the board of the Washington State Historical Society, the Suquamish Museum, the Suquamish Foundation, the Washington Indian Gaming Association, the Washington State Committee of Geographic Names, and the Tribal Leaders Congress on Education.



Two federal agency heads and the Architect of the Capitol are permanent members of ACHP.

Secretary of Agriculture (Hon. Tom Vilsack)

Secretary of the Interior (Hon. Sally Jewell)

Architect of the Capitol (Hon. Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP)

Seven federal agency heads are designated by the President to terms on ACHP.

Administrator, General Services Administration (Hon. Denise Turner Roth)

Secretary of Defense (Hon. Ashton Carter)

Secretary of Transportation (Hon. Anthony Foxx)

Secretary, Department of Homeland Security (Hon. Jeh Johnson)

Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development (Hon. Julián Castro)

Secretary, Department of Education (Hon. John B. King Jr.)

Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs (Hon. Robert McDonald)

Ex-officio representatives of national preservation organizations round out ACHP's membership.

Chair of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (Marita Rivero)
Designee: Stephanie Meeks, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation

President of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (Elizabeth Hughes)
Designee: Erik Hein, Executive Director, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers

ACHP Observers

Designated observers may actively participate in certain activities of the membership, but may not make or second any motion and may not vote.

General Chairman, National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (Janine Ledford)

Secretary, Department of Energy (Hon. Ernest Moniz)

Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency (Hon. Gina McCarthy)

Chair, Council on Environmental Quality (Christy Goldfuss)

Chair, National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (Matthew Halitsky)

President, ACHP Alumni Foundation (Katherine Slick)

Joseph P. Riley Jr. (former mayor of Charleston, SC)

Updated on March 31, 2016

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