San Francisco, CA (February 22, 2011) – The California Preservation Foundation (CPF) has announced that the keynote speaker for its 36th annual conference will be Stephanie Meeks, the new president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The annual conference will take place at the historic Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica from May 15 – 18, 2011, and will offer numerous educational sessions and explore provocative topics relative to the conference theme: “Preservation on the Edge.”
She joined the prestigious organization in July 2010 following a 17-year reign by previous president Richard Moe. Prior to joining the Trust, Stephanie served as President and CEO of Counterpart International, a non-profit international development organization working in twenty-five countries. Before Counterpart, Stephanie held top leadership positions with one of the world's largest and most influential conservation organizations, The Nature Conservancy, for more than seventeen years, including Acting President and CEO and Chief Operating Officer.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of RARE, an organization that uses best practices in social marketing to achieve lasting conservation outcomes and is the Secretary of the Board of the Potomac Conservancy.
“Stephanie Meeks will bring an enormous depth of practical experience from her work with conservation organizations and international non-profits to offer unparalleled insight on trends and the future of preservation,” said Cindy Heitzman, executive director of CPF. “We are honored to have Ms. Meeks address our 36th Annual Conference attendees.”
The CPF conference will explore the future of preservation and its essential role in sustainability, economic development, and community character. Dozens of sessions—from seminars and panel discussions to mobile workshops and study tours—will redefine traditional notions of historic preservation and engage new audiences in setting its course for the future.
Specific tracks include:
- Peering Over the Edge: The Future of Historic Preservation
- Redefining the Edge: Conserving Community Character
- The Cutting Edge: Partnerships, Development, and Incentives
- On the LEEDing Edge: Sustainability, Preservation, and Rating Systems
- Gaining the Technical Edge: Innovative Preservation Practices
In addition to the range of engaging workshops, the conference will also offer fun special events and rare opportunities to visit many of Santa Monica’s most remarkable historic locations, including the 1914 Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, the Spanish Colonial Revival-style La Señora Research Institute, the 1938 Streamline Moderne Barnum Hall on the campus of Santa Monica High School, the 1929 Miles Memorial Playhouse, and the Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach.The 2011 conference will also feature appearances and speeches from nationally renowned leaders in a number of fields. While the lineup is not yet final, past attendees, speakers, and honorees have included musicians the Black Eyed Peas and Ry Cooder; the late architectural photographer Julius Shulman; Academy Award-winning actress and producer Diane Keaton; former California Governor Pete Wilson; local broadcast legend Huell Howser; renowned modernist historian and architecture critic Alan Hess; and Ruth Coleman, Director of California State Parks.
For more information about the 2011 California Preservation Conference, please visit www.californiapreservation.org or call (415) 495-0349.
About NTHP: The National Trust helps people protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them by providing leadership, education, advocacy, and resources. For more than 60 years the National Trust and its 500,000 advocates and members across the country have fought to preserve America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities. The Trust galvanizes Americans who want to save the places where great moments in history — and significant moments of everyday life — took place.
About CPF: Founded in 1977, California Preservation Foundation (CPF) is the only statewide non-profit historic preservation education and advocacy membership organization in California. CPF serves as an essential link in the state’s historic preservation network, and emphasizes educational programs, advocacy and information exchange through a quarterly newsletter, the Preservation Design Awards, the Annual California Preservation Conference, workshops and publications addressing critical preservation issues.