It was with extremely bittersweet emotions that I recently let the MPA Board of Directors know that I would be stepping down from the role of Executive Director of this incomparable organization later this year to relocate with my family back to Vermont. This was an incredibly difficult decision, as I love the amazing people and places of Milwaukee and the absolutely critical work MPA is leading - with YOUR help - to celebrate and protect them.
I remain committed to continuing MPA's work during the duration of my tenure and will be working with the Board over the next many months to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership. Whenever I introduce myself in group settings, I always state that I am privileged to serve as the executive director of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance. It truly has been a privilege to serve alongside the most supportive, dedicated, and passionate Board of Directors imaginable; to serve with each of you - the countless dedicated partners and volunteers who make our work possible; and to serve the cause of historic preservation in Milwaukee - an unbeatable city with diverse and storied sense of place embodied in our historic buildings and landscapes and the people who care about them. This is a very special place, and I will miss it deeply.
MPA is not a person or even a group of people; it is an idea. MPA is the feeling when you step into the Domes and are surrounded by the healing power of nature and the beauty of Modernist design. It is the unyielding belief that the Soldiers Home, a 150 year old Cream City Brick masterpiece that had been vacant for 30 years and had a collapsed roof, could be restored to serve veterans again. It is the commitment to partnerships that brought some of the historic preservation field's most coveted national awards to Milwaukee in 2021. And it is the courage to advocate and rally around the places - from libraries to workers cottages to old hospitals and beyond - that make up the everyday lived experience of ALL Milwaukeeans. Milwaukee Preservation Alliance is the idea that historic preservation can and does make our world a better place today and for future generations.
This idea lives on, and I'm so excited to see where MPA will go next with the help of you and others who are so important to the organization's success. MPA is as relevant and robust as it's ever been, and its future is bright. Thank you to everyone who has and will continue to support our valuable work of "making preservation mainstream in Milwaukee."
Are you the next Executive Director of this incredible nonprofit organization working to preserve the places that make Milwaukee so special? If so, please submit your application here!