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ACHP Membership

Four members of the general public and four historic preservation experts are appointed by the President, including the chairman and vice chairman.

Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson
Sacramento, California (term of office: 2013-2017) (General Public)

Milford Wayne DonaldsonIn June 2010, Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, LEED AP was appointed by President Barack Obama as Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

Donaldson most recently served as the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) for the state of California from 2004 through 2012. The SHPO serves as Chief Administrative Officer of the Office of Historic Preservation in Sacramento and as Executive Secretary of the State Historical Resources Commission.

Before his appointment in 2004 by Gov. Schwarzenegger, he had a successful 26 year practice as a preservation architect and contractor in California, Arizona, and Nevada. He is a former Chair of the State Historical Building Safety Board, a past member of the State Historical Resources Commission and past-president of the California Preservation Foundation.

He is an architect of innovative design and has received several awards in preservation architecture including the California Council of the American Institute of Architects Award of Excellence and the Historic Preservation Award and the 1996 Preservationist of the Year Award by the California Preservation Foundation. He served as a member of the Preserve America Summit "Determining What's Important" committee.

Donaldson is a 1967 graduate of the California Polytechnic University, where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture. He received his Master of Science from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and a Masters in Public History and Teaching from the University of San Diego.

He and his wife, Laurie, reside in Sacramento in a signature Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects 1963 mid-rise condominium. Their family includes one daughter, Erica Lynn Donaldson and two sons, Jaret Blankenship and Nevin Blankenship.

Vice Chairman Leonard Forsman
Suquamish, Washington (term of office 2016-2020) (General Public)

Leonard Forsman has served as Tribal Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe since 2005. His passions include tribal education, cultural preservation, gaming policy, and habitat protection. He has served on Tribal Council for a total of 22 years and formerly was the director of the Suquamish Museum. Forsman is a graduate of the University of Washington (B.A. Anthropology) and Goucher College (M.A. Historic Preservation). Forsman grew up in Suquamish on the Port Madison Indian Reservation and continues to live there with his wife Jana Rice. He regularly participates in cultural activities including Suquamish Song & Dance and the annual Canoe Journey.
He serves on the board of the Washington State Historical Society, the Suquamish Museum, the Suquamish Foundation, the Washington Indian Gaming Association, the Washington State Committee of Geographic Names, and the Tribal Leaders Congress on Education.

Terry Guen
Chicago, Illinois (term of office 2015-2019) (Expert)

Terry Guen is president and principal of Terry Guen Design Associates, Chicago, Illinois. For more than 30 years she has been an innovator of urban and ecological, highly aesthetic, designed public landscapes. These are places which promote reuse of cultural historic assets, regenerate the beauty of nature, while moderating the harsh effects of industry and climate. Guen is the Master Landscape Architect for Chicago's Millennium Park, and was chief landscape architect for 1990's West Side Waterfront Master Plan, Hudson River Park, New York City. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, holds a B.A. in chemistry from Bowdoin College, and dual graduate degrees in landscape architecture and urban design from the University of Pennsylvania.

Luis G. Hoyos
Los Angeles County, California (term of office: 2016-2020) (Expert)

Luis G. Hoyos RA is an architect and Professor of Architecture at the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, where he teaches historic preservation and urban design. He serves on the Board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and as a member of the Landmarks Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board. He is national co-chair for the NPS American Latino Scholars Experts Panel, and co-editor of American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Study (2013). He was member and chair of the California State Historical Resources Commission from 2002-2006 and a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of Preservation Advocacy at the Los Angeles Conservancy. As an architect, he has received awards for the design of several historic building rehabilitations, including El Pueblo de Los Angeles, the Point Fermin Lighthouse, the Palmer Hotel, and the Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse. His areas of concentration in teaching are Post-War Modernist architecture and landscape design, building adaptation and reuse, and the documentation of buildings and districts occupied by underrepresented communities. He holds a bachelorís degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and a masterís degree in urban design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Dorothy Lippert
Washington, D.C. (term of office 2015-2019) (Expert)

Dorothy Lippert is currently a Case Officer in the Repatriation Office of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. In her current position, she responds to repatriation requests from Indian tribes for human remains and sacred material. Following graduate school, she worked as the Education Coordinator for the John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. She is Choctaw, currently serves on the Executive of the World Archaeological Congress, and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Society for American Archaeology. Her research interests include the development of indigenous archaeology, repatriation, ethics and the archaeology and bioarchaeology of the southeastern United States. Lippert received her B.A. from Rice University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Robert G. Stanton
Fairfax Station, Virginia (term of office: 2014-2018) (Expert)

Robert Stanton was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 15th director of the National Park Service (NPS) in 1997 and served until the end of the Clinton Administration. He most recently served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior. Since beginning his career in 1962 as a park ranger at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, 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 held key management and executive positions at the National Park Service, including Park Management Assistant, Park Superintendent, Deputy Regional Director, Regional Director, Assistant Director, Associate Director, and Director.
Stanton has been actively engaged with a number of national conservation organizations and initiatives, having co-founded the African American Experience Fund of the National Park Foundation. He has been nationally recognized through numerous awards and citations for outstanding public service and leadership in conservation, historic preservation, and youth programs, and has been awarded five honorary doctoral degrees. He has a B.S. from Huston-Tillotson University. Stanton is currently a visiting university lecturer and private consultant in national park administration, natural and cultural resource management, and diversity in employment and public programs.

Stanton's previous interactions with the ACHP include serving on President Obama's transition team for the agency and participating in the joint ACHP-NPS-Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership initiative "Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student" service learning project at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Jordan E. Tannenbaum
Fairfax, Virginia (term of office 2016-2017) (General Public)

Jordan E. Tannenbaum, an ACHP staff member from 1972-82, has been Chief Development Officer of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum since 2004. He is responsible for overseeing all of the museum's fundraising activities, including the annual fund, membership, planned giving, and corporate and foundation relations. From 1999-2004, Tannenbaum was Vice President for Development for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life in Washington, D.C. A lawyer by training, he has also held senior fundraising positions at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, B'nai B'rith International, and Brandeis University. Tannenbaum served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1983-2010. He was awarded the Army's Legion of Merit medal for his contributions to the Department of the Army's compliance with the NHPA. Tannenbaum is a member of the Fairfax County History Commission and the Advisory Board of the Army Historical Foundation. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and American University's Washington College of Law.

Bradford J. White
Evanston, Illinois (term of office 2014-2018) (General Public)

Bradford J. White is the Associate Director of the Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago-based private foundation working for a vibrant, resilient and creative arts sector; a safe, just and equitable society, and healthy and sustainable communities. He is the former Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development at The Habitat Company LLC. Prior to joining Habitat, Brad was Vice President of Related Midwest LLC, where he was responsible for the acquisition, financing and development of affordable and market-rate housing. He serves on the board of the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation and the Delta Institute, and is past chair of the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (now known as Landmarks Illinois) and Preservation Action.  Brad received a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from DePaul University.

A member of an Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization, a governor, and a mayor are appointed by the President.

Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian Organization Member
Reno Keoni Franklin
Santa Rosa, California (term of office 2016-2020)

Reno Keoni Franklin is Tribal Chairman of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians, a position he has held since 2013, and Vice Chairman of the Sonoma County Indian Health Project, a position he has held since 2002. Franklin previously served as Vice Chairman of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians from 2010 to 2012. He served as Director of Government Relations for the Yochadehe Dehe Wintun Nation from 2009 to 2013 and as General Chairman of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers from 2009 to 2011. Franklin served on the Department of Health and Human Services Tribal Advisory Committee from 2010 to 2011. He was Chairman of National Indian Health Board from 2009 to 2011 and Chairman of California Rural Indian Health Board from 2007 to 2011. He received an A.S. from Santa Rosa Junior College.



Two federal agency heads and the Architect of the Capitol are permanent members of ACHP.

Secretary of Agriculture (Hon. Sonny Purdue)

Secretary of the Interior (Hon. Ryan Zinke)

Architect of the Capitol (Hon. Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP)

Seven federal agency heads are designated by the President to terms on ACHP.

Administrator, General Services Administration (Hon. Emily Webster Murphy)

Secretary of Defense (Hon. James Mattis)

Secretary of Transportation (Hon. Elaine Chao)

Secretary, Department of Homeland Security (Hon. Kirstjen Nielsen)

Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development (Hon. Benjamin Carson, MD)

Secretary, Department of Education (Hon. Elisabeth DeVos)

Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs (Acting Secretary Peter O’Rourke)

Ex-officio representatives of national preservation organizations round out ACHP's membership.

President of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (Mark Wolfe)
Designee: Erik Hein, Executive Director, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers

General Chairman, National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (Shasta Gaughen)
Designee: D. Bambi Kraus, President National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers

Chair of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (Timothy P. Whalen)
Designee: Stephanie Meeks, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation

ACHP Observers

Designated observers may actively participate in certain activities of the membership, but may not make or second any motion and may not vote.

Secretary, Department of Energy (Hon. James Richard Perry)

Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency (Hon. Scott Pruitt)

Chair, Council on Environmental Quality

Chair, National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (Matthew Halitsky)

President, ACHP Foundation (Katherine Slick)

Joseph P. Riley Jr. (former mayor of Charleston, SC)

Updated on May 31, 2018

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