Stephanie K. Meeks
|Employer||National Trust for Historic Preservation|
|The Past and Future City|
Stephanie K. Meeks (born 1964) is a long-time official in the non-profit community from Loveland, Colorado. She has served as President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation since July 2010.
During her tenure, the National Trust established a new signature program called National Treasures, which identifies significant threatened places across the United States and takes direct action through preservation, advocacy, marketing, and fundraising to save them. The current portfolio of nearly 100 historic sites includes, among other sites of note, Elkhorn Ranch, Shockoe Bottom, the Houston Astrodome, and the downtown Philadelphia gym of boxer Joe Frazier.
Under Meeks, the Trust also began an initiative called ReUrbanism to highlight the critical connection between older buildings and vibrant cities. As part of these efforts, the Trust has, through its Preservation Green Lab, spearheaded original research, data, and tools to promote the reuse and reinvestment of older and historic buildings as the default option in American cities.
Also during her tenure, the National Trust has worked to strategically reposition its portfolio of 27 historic sites to encourage creative stewardship, interpretation, and financial sustainability. As part of this work, the Trust has experimented with new models that combine commercial and non-profit uses to enhance visitor experiences and bring in additional sources of revenue.
Before joining the National Trust, Meeks spent 17 years with The Nature Conservancy, ultimately serving as their chief operating officer and acting president and CEO. She also served as director of RARE and President and CEO of Counterpart International, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Potomac Conservancy.