Thursday, April 30, 2015

Time: 10:00 am – 10: 45 am
Keynote Speaker: Stephanie Meeks: President and Chief Executive Officer - National Trust for Historic Preservation

Stephanie Meeks is the president and chief executive officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which she has led since July 2010. During this time, the National Trust has developed an ambitious strategic plan designed to increase the organization’s impact by a factor of ten, centered on direct action to save imperiled places and engaging new audiences in preservation. Prior to joining the National Trust, Stephanie held senior executive positions, including chief operating officer and acting president and chief executive officer, during her 17-year career with The Nature Conservancy, one of the world's largest and most influential conservation organizations. While there, she contributed to the protection of several world-class places, from Oklahoma’s Tallgrass Prairie to Brazil’s Pantanal. Stephanie currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of the Potomac Conservancy and served as a director of RARE, a U.S.-based conservation group that uses social marketing to address environmental challenges in communities around the world. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado and an MBA from George Washington University.