Timothy J. McClimon, President of American Express Foundation and Honorary Chair of Preservation50

Timothy J. McClimon is President of the American Express Foundation and Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, American Express Company. In this role, he directs all of the American Express Company’s global social responsibility, philanthropy, and employee engagement programs.

Prior to joining American Express, Mr. McClimon was Executive Director of Second Stage Theatre where he led one of the largest not-for-profit theaters in New York City. He also served as the Executive Director of the AT&T Foundation where he directed AT&T’s global philanthropy and corporate citizenship programs.

A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. McClimon joined AT&T from the New York law firm of Webster & Sheffield where he was a lawyer specializing in not-for-profit corporate law. Prior to that, he managed the Inter-Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Mr. McClimon currently serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations, and has been an adjunct professor at New York University since 1990, where he teaches two graduate level courses in arts administration and not-for-profit management.

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Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-D)

A lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) has devoted his entire career to public service and currently serves as co-chair of the Historic Preservation Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. Elected to the US House of Representatives in 1996, Mr. Blumenauer has created a unique role as Congress’ chief spokesperson for Livable Communities: places where people are safe, healthy and economically secure. From 1996 to 2007, he served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he was a strong advocate for federal policies that address transportation alternatives, provide housing choices, support sustainable economies and improve the environment. Rep. Blumenauer was a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee from 2001 to 2007, and vice-chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming from 2007 to 2010. He is currently a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the subcommittees on Health, Social Security and Trade. Congressman Blumenauer’s academic training includes undergraduate and law degrees from Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

Nancy Campbell, Chairman Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Nancy Campbell is chairman emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and served as chairman of the National Trusts Campaign for Americas Historic Places. She is a former chairman of both the National Trusts Board of Advisors and the Heritage Society. She served on the White House Millennium Committee to Save Americas Treasures, is a trustee of the Seventh Regiment Armory Conservancy in New York and of Historic Hudson Valley, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges and the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation.  She has received the Harlan H. Griswold Award of the Connecticut Historical Commission and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, the Historic Preservation Award of Connecticut Preservation Action, the Pillar of New York Award of the Preservation League of New York State and the Raymond E. Baldwin Medal of Wesleyan University. She is a graduate of Hollins College and holds a master’s degree in architecture and urban studies and an honorary doctorate from Wesleyan.


Reno Franklin, former Chairman of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers

Reno Franklin is Chairman of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians. Prior to that role, he served as a chairman of the National Indian Health Board and the California Rural Indian Health Board. He also served as chairman of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers and is former vice chairman of the Sonoma County Indian Health Project.

Bruce Cole, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Bruce Cole served as the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), where he managed a budget of $150 million and a staff of 170 and was responsible for awards totaling over $800 million dollars. Appointed by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2001 and again in 2005, Cole was the longest serving Chairman of the NEH. Under Cole’s leadership, the NEH launched key initiatives, including We the People, a program designed to encourage the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture, and the Picturing America project, which uses great American art to teach our nation’s history and culture in 80,000 schools and public libraries nationwide. He also created the NEH’s Digital Humanities Initiative and Office which made the Endowment a national leader in this new frontier of humanities access and knowledge. Under his tenure partnerships were developed with several foreign countries, including Mexico and China. In November 2008, President Bush awarded Dr. Cole the Presidential Citizens Medal “for his work to strengthen our national memory and ensure that our country’s heritage is passed on to future generations.” The medal is one of the highest honors the President can confer upon a civilian.

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Jodi A. Gillette, former Senior Policy Advisory to President Obama on Native American Affairs

Jodi A. Gillette (Hunkpapa and Oglala Lakota) currently serves as a Policy Advisor for Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP, after serving at the pleasure of President Barack Obama from 2009-2015. During her tenure under the Administration, Jodi played an integral role in multiple capacities. Most recently, she served as the Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs in the White House Domestic Policy Council. Subsequent to this, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Assistant-Secretary Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior. Additionally, as the Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House, she implemented and institutionalized the President’s interactions with the tribes and his Administration.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Gillette served as the executive director of the Native American Training Institute in Bismarck, a non-profit offering technical assistance and training to tribal, state and local governments in the area of human service delivery systems. In 2008, Obama for America hired Jodi to direct ND’s statewide First American vote efforts.

As the longest serving political appointee in the Administration, Jodi was influential in advising the President of the United States on policy to improve the lives of Native Americans and strengthen the nation-to-nation relationship between the United States and Indian Tribes. She was instrumental in advancing the protection of Native women and children against violence, ensuring tribes were treated as governments when faced with emergencies, and resolving long-standing legal disputes between tribes and the federal government.

Ms. Gillette holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.


Karl Komatsu, Principal at Komatsu Architecture and former chairman of the Texas Historical Society

Karl A. Komatsu is a principal of Komatsu Architecture, based in Fort Worth for 56 years. The firm’s practice extends to 26 states, the Pacific Rim, and US DOD facilities in Europe and the US Trust Territories. Komatsu Architecture is currently providing services throughout Texas. The firm’s private and public sector work includes design-build, and Construction Manager team participation. New context oriented design, Historic Preservation, Interior Design and Master Planning services are specialty capabilities offered in all project types.

Karl Komatsu has served on state and national boards including: former Chairman of the Texas Historical Commission; former board member of The National Trust For Historic Preservation; The Nature Conservancy of Texas; Partners For Sacred Places; The National Parks Conservation Association; and Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. He received his professional Five Year Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia; and attended the Centre for Palladian Studies at Vicenza, Italy.

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Dr. William Lipe, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Washington State University

William (Bill) Lipe is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Washington State University, and serves on the boards of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and the Archaeological Conservancy. He has done archaeological research in the Four Corners region of the Southwest since the late 1950s, and received a PhD. From Yale University in 1966. From 1995 to 1997, he was President of the Society for American Archaeology. Honors include the John F. Seiberling Award for Leadership in Conserving America’s Cultural Resources (Society of Professional Archaeologists, 1998); the SAA Distinguished Service Award (Society for American Archaeology, 2000), the AIA Conservation and Heritage Management Award (Archaeological Institute of America, 2006); and the Alfred V. Kidder Award for Achievement in American Archaeology (American Anthropological Association, 2010).

J. Rodney Little, Former Maryland State Historic Preservation Officer and Director of Maryland Historical Trust

J. Rodney Little began work in 1973 as a historical and architectural field surveyor for Florida’s state historic preservation program. Later as its chief administrator, he organized and led the statewide effort to reverse the legislatively-mandated demolition of the state’s Historic Capitol. That 3-year campaign, undertaken against overwhelming political opposition, resulted in the formation of the grassroots Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and the successful restoration of the Capitol.

In 1978 he was appointed as the Maryland State Historic Preservation Officer and subsequently Director of the Maryland Historical Trust, posts he served under six Governors. During his tenure (1978-2014) he initiated and secured passage of significant preservation advances – among them: statutory protections for historic and archaeological resources; a Cultural Conservation Program for intangible resources; the Maryland Maritime Archaeological Program to preserve submerged cultural resources; an innovative Heritage and Tourism Areas program; and highly successful tax credits for the rehabilitation of historic commercial, nonprofit and residential buildings. He conceived of and secured support for development of the award-winning Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, nationally recognized for its state-of-the-art excellence.

In the national arena, he has been active in legislative and policy matters, and served as President of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, member of the Board of Directors of Preservation Action, and a founder of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. In particular, he has been acknowledged for his critical role in the protracted struggle to defeat efforts of the Reagan Administration to dismantle the national preservation program and weaken federal protections for historic and archaeological resources.

Dorothy McAuliffe, First Lady of the Commonwealth Of Virginia

As First Lady of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe has dedicated her efforts to eliminating childhood hunger and improving access to Virginia’s fresh, locally grown agricultural products for all their citizens. She has identified food security and nutrition as key elements necessary for educational success and building healthy communities.

Mrs. McAuliffe serves as Chair of the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide. The Council is focused on eliminating childhood hunger in Virginia, developing local agriculture markets, and promoting community efforts that link locally grown food, education, health and nutrition.

Mrs. McAuliffe has long been devoted to the arts and education. She has served on the Boards of Trustees of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institution. She is honored by the opportunity to use her platform as First Lady to help promote the unique historical, cultural and art treasures of the Commonwealth for both tourism and educational purposes.

She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, with a B.A. in Political Science, and received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a member of the Journal of Law and Policy in International business. She practiced banking and securities law for several years in Virginia. She and the Governor are the proud parents of five children. Together, they enjoy all outdoor activities and exploring the natural beauty of the Commonwealth, especially the magnificent Virginia State Parks.

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Ed McMahon, Senior Resident Fellow, Urban Land Institute

Ed McMahon holds the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Environmental Policy at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC where he is nationally known as an inspiring and thought provoking speaker and leading authority on economic development and land use polices and trends.

As the Senior Fellow for Environmental Policy McMahon leads ULI’s worldwide efforts to conduct research and educational activities related to environmentally sensitive development policies and practices. He is also a Senior Advisor to ULI’s Healthy Places Initiative.

Before joining the Urban Land Institute in 2004, McMahon spent 14 years as the Vice President and Director of Land Use Programs for The Conservation Fund, where he helped to protect more than 5 million acres of land of historic or natural significance. He is also the co-founder and former President of Scenic America, a national non-profit organization devoted to protecting America’s scenic landscapes. Before that, he taught law and public policy at Georgetown University Law Center for 9 years, and served in the U.S. Army, both at home and abroad.

Mr. McMahon is the author or co-author of 15 books and over 500 articles. His books include: Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities, Better Models for Development in Virginia and Conservation Communities: Creating Value with Nature, Open Space and Agriculture. McMahon also writes regularly for Urban Land Magazine, Planning Commissioners Journal and other periodicals. During the past 30 years McMahon has worked with more than 600 communities in all 50 states on a wide variety of land use and economic development issues.

Mr. McMahon has served on numerous advisory boards and commissions including: Chesapeake Conservancy, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Maryland, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Home Depot Foundation and the Orton Family Foundation.

Mr. McMahon has a BS from Spring Hill College; an M.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Alabama, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School. He and his wife live in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD-D)

The people of Maryland elected Senator Barbara A. Mikulski to be their U.S. Senator because she looks out for the day–to–day needs of Marylanders and the long–range needs of the nation.

Prior to her career in public service, Senator Mikulski was a social worker in Baltimore. Social work evolved into community activism when Senator Mikulski successfully organized communities against a plan to build a 16–lane highway through Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood. She helped stop the road, saving Fells Point and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, both thriving residential and commercial communities today.

In 1976, she ran for Congress and won, representing Maryland’s 3rd district for 10 years. In 1986, she ran for Senate and won, becoming the first Democratic woman Senator elected in her own right. She was re–elected with large majorities in 1992, 1998, 2004 and 2010.

When she was sworn into office on January 5, 2011, Senator Mikulski became the longest serving woman Senator in U.S. history. On March 17, 2012 she became the longest–serving woman in the history of the United States Congress. On December 20, 2012, Mikulski became the first woman and first Marylander to chair the Senate Appropriations Committee, on which she has served since she arrived in the Senate in 1987.


Nell Irvin Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University

Nell Irvin Painter, a leading historian of the United States, is the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University. In addition to her earned doctorate in history from Harvard University, she has received honorary doctorates from Wesleyan, Dartmouth, SUNY-New Paltz, and Yale.

A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Nell Painter has also held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Antiquarian Society. She has served as president of the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association. Those presidential addresses have been published in the Journal of American History (“Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Saxons” in March 2009) and the Journal of Southern History (“Was Marie White?” February 2008). The City of Boston declared Thursday, 4 October 2007 Nell Irvin Painter Day in honor of her Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center in 2006.

A prolific and award-winning scholar, her most recent books are The History of White People (W. W. Norton, 2010, paperback, March 2011),Creating Black Americans (Oxford University Press, 2006), and Southern History Across the Color Line (University of North Carolina Press, 2002). A second edition of Standing at Armageddon: The United States, 1877-1919 and a Korean translation of Sojourner Truth, A Life, A Symbol appeared in 2008. Her other books are also still in print. For a complete list of her book and article publications and other honors and activities, please consult the CV on this website.

As a public intellectual, Professor Painter is frequently called upon for lectures and interviews on television and film. In January 2008 she appeared live for a three-hour “In Depth” program on C-SPAN Book TV. To see the program on the internet, go to the web page for “In Depth.” She has also appeared on Bill Moyers’s “Progressive America.” New Jersey Network’s “State of the Arts” documented her work as both a scholar and an art student.

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Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians

Jacqueline Pata is the Executive Director of NCAI. She is a member of the Raven/Sockeye Clan of the Tlingit Tribe (pronounced – Kling-get) and is the 6th Vice President for the Central Council of the Tlingit-Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

Mrs. Pata serves on a variety of national executive boards, including a Vice President for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Board Member for the George Gustave Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian. She is also the Vice Chair of Sealaska Corporation, an Alaska Native regional corporation. In her commitment to American Indian youth development, Pata sits on the Native American Advisory Council for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Prior to joining NCAI in June 2001, Pata served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Previously, Pata served as the Executive Director of the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority headquartered in Juneau, Alaska and she is a former Vice-Chair of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. She served as Chairperson of the National American Indian Housing Council and was appointed to the National Commission on American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Housing. She also has served on the National Community Development Financial Institution Fund Advisory Board, an advisory board to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Among her other activities, prior to her move to Washington, D.C., she is extremely proud of her service for 13 years as Director of a Native Youth Culture Camp held each summer where young people experience and learn traditional values.

Governor Bill Richardson

For more than 30 years, Bill Richardson has led a distinguished public-service career as a U.S. Congressman (1982-1996), U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1997-1998), and Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton (1998-2000).

As a diplomat and Special Envoy, Richardson has received four Nobel Peace Prize nominations, and has successfully won the release of hostages and American servicemen in North Korea, Cuba, Iraq and the Sudan.

Since entering life as a private citizen in 2011, he has authored three books including “How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator,” which was published in fall 2013. Richardson has also served as a Special Envoy to the Organization of American States (OAS) and as a Special Fellow on Latin America at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Richardson also sits on several nonprofit boards, including the World Resources Institute (WRI), Refugees International, and the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE).

Richardson has also started two foundations: The Richardson Center for Global Engagement, focusing on conflict resolution and prisoner release, and the Foundation to Preserve New Mexico Wildlife with actor and conservationist Robert Redford, which has led the charge to protect wild horses and provide alternatives to horse slaughter. Recently, the Richardson Center for Global Engagement played an instrumental role in the successful release of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from prison in Tijuana, Mexico.

Before being elected Governor of New Mexico, Richardson was Chairman of Freedom House, a private nonpartisan organization that promotes democracy and human rights worldwide, and served on the boards of the National Resource Defense Council and United Way International.

Richardson has been married to his high-school sweetheart, Barbara, for 43 years. He received a BA from Tufts in 1970 and an MA from Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in 1971.

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Mayor Joe Riley, Charleston SC

Mayor Joe Riley was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and graduated from The Citadel in 1964, and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1967. A member of the Democratic Party, he served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1968 to 1974. First elected Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina in December 1975, he is currently serving his tenth term in office. Riley is the city’s longest serving executive and second Irish Catholic mayor.

Mayor Riley is best known for revitalizing the city of Charleston by transforming the dilapidated waterfront, revitalizing the merchant district, and encouraging the growth of a national university. He is celebrated for keeping the aesthetic beauty of Charleston intact while administering urban growth.

He served as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors for 1986–1987. He currently serves on the USCM Executive Committee. He is a founder of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and he is on the Board of Selectors of Jefferson Awards for Public Service.


Lynn Scarlett, Global Managing Director for Public Policy

Lynn Scarlett is the Global Managing Director for Public Policy at The Nature Conservancy. In this role, she influences climate and nature-based solutions policy—in the United States and the 69 countries in which the Conservancy influences conservation.

Most recently, she was the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Lynn also served at Interior as the Acting Secretary of the Interior in 2006.

While Interior’s Deputy Secretary, Lynn initiated and chaired the Department’s Cooperative Conservation Working Group and its first-ever Climate Change Task Force. She established the Interior’s Ocean and Coastal Activities office to coordinate cross-departmental ocean and coastal work. She chaired the nation’s Wildland Fire Leadership Council. She served on the Executive Committee of the President’s Management Council.

Lynn is author or co-author of publications on climate change adaptation; ecosystem services; large landscape conservation; and science and decision making.

She chairs the Science Advisory Board of NOAA, co-chairs the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Council established in 2014 by the U.S. Department of the Interior, and co-chairs the National Academy of Sciences Sustainability Roundtable. She also served on the US Global Change Research Program Committee and is a co-convening lead author of the National Climate Assessment.

She is on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara. She also serves on the boards of trustees of the National Wildlife Refuge Association and is a member of the Coordinating Council of the Practitioners’ Network for Large Landscape Conservation.

Robert G. Stanton, former Director of the National Park Service

Robert G. Stanton, former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the U. S. Department of the Interior and former Director of the National Park Service (NPS), was appointed by President Barack Obama on October 30, 2014 to a four-year term on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

A 35-year career NPS employee, Mr. Stanton served as the agency’s Director from 1997-2001 where he inaugurated major park preservation, visitor services and partnership programs. Several presidential and legislative initiatives were enacted throughout his tenure including the authorization of eleven new park areas, six national heritage areas, the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, and Special Resource Studies for 22 possible new areas in the National Park System. Over the course of his NPS career, he served in key management and executive positions including park management assistant, park superintendent, deputy regional director, regional director, assistant director, associate director, and director. He is active in professional and civic affairs and has served as an instructor at Yale University, Howard University, and Texas A&M University and board director for numerous conservation and civic organizations.

Since beginning his public service career in 1962 as a park ranger at Grand Teton National Park, an appointment made possible through the leadership of Interior Secretary Stewart Lee Udall, 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 worked consistently to increase diversity in employment and supported programs that recognized the struggles, courage, leadership and contributions of women and minorities in the development and collective history of the United States. Mr. Stanton has been nationally recognized through awards and citations for outstanding public service and leadership in conservation, historic preservation, youth programs, public and government relations, and diversity in employment and public programs.

A native of Ft. Worth, Texas, Mr. Stanton, in the era of “separate but equal,” grew up in Mosier Valley, one of the oldest communities in Texas, founded by African Americans shortly after the U.S. Civil War..