WASHINGTON, D.C.The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in Washington, D.C has favorably reported the nomination of Professor Sara Bronin to become chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). President Joe Biden nominated Bronin in June for the chairman position, and she testified before the Senate committee on September 21.

Bronin is a Mexican American architect, attorney, and policymaker specializing in historic preservation, property, land use, and climate change. She is a professor at the Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning and an Associated Faculty Member of the Cornell Law School. She is a board member of Latinos in Heritage Conservation and an advisor for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Sustainable Development Code.

When Bronin addressed the committee in September, she pledged to strengthen the ACHP’s relationship with Congress by working with members to better tailor disaster recovery response to historic places, develop procedural efficiencies, and facilitate private investment in preservation through leasing or transferring historic federal properties. She also promised to better support the 59 state and territorial historic preservation offices and the 574 federally recognized Indian tribes, including 207 Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and numerous Native Hawaiian organizations.

The nomination will now be scheduled for consideration by the full Senate.

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