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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
In 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
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 is president and principal of Terry Guen Design Associates, Chicago, Illinois. For more than 30 years she has been an innovator of urban and ecological, highly aesthetic, designed public landscapes. These are places which promote reuse of cultural historic assets, regenerate the beauty of nature, while moderating the harsh effects of industry and climate. Guen is the Master Landscape Architect for Chicago's Millennium Park, and was chief landscape architect for 1990's West Side Waterfront Master Plan, Hudson River Park, New York City. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, holds a B.A. in chemistry from Bowdoin College, and dual graduate degrees in landscape architecture and urban design from the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Robert G. Stanton
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.
Jordan E. Tannenbaum
Jordan E. Tannenbaum, an ACHP staff member from 1972-82, has been Chief Development Officer of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum since 2004. He is responsible for overseeing all of the museum's fundraising activities, including the annual fund, membership, planned giving, and corporate and foundation relations. From 1999-2004, Tannenbaum was Vice President for Development for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life in Washington, D.C. A lawyer by training, he has also held senior fundraising positions at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, B'nai B'rith International, and Brandeis University. Tannenbaum served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1983-2010. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and American University's Washington College of Law.
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.
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)
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)
President of the National Conference of State
Historic Preservation Officers (Elizabeth Hughes)
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 August 12, 2016