WASHINGTON, D.C. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Chair Sara C. Bronin today administered the oath of office to three new ACHP members: Governor Member John Carney of Delaware and Expert Members Frank G. Matero of Delaware and Charles L. Ward III of California. President Joe Biden appointed Carney to a term ending June 2025 and Matero and Ward to terms ending June 2027.

“We are thrilled that these three new members of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will bring their wide-ranging expertise–collectively covering climate policy, equitable growth, archaeology, and architectural design, among other areas–to federal historic preservation efforts,” Bronin said. “I look forward to seeing how they will continue to contribute to the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of our nation’s diverse historic resources.”

Delaware Governor Carney was first elected in 2017 and served as Delaware’s one member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017. He has prioritized investments in safe and affordable housing and has ensured small businesses get the support they need to thrive. His administration has also developed a Climate Action Plan as a roadmap for how Delaware can combat and prepare for climate change in the years ahead.

Matero is Gonick Family Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. He is director and founder of the Center for Architectural Conservation, a member of the Graduate Group in the Department of Art History, and research associate of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Ward serves the California Department of Consumer Affairs as President of the California Architects Board and is founding owner and principal architect of June Street Architecture in West Hollywood, California. He and his team have preserved, rehabilitated, and restored numerous historic properties.

Carney will serve as the ACHP’s first Governor Member since 2010. Matero and Ward replace Expert Members Jay Vogt and Rick Gonzalez, respectively.

“The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has benefited from the wise counsel and collegial contributions of Jay Vogt and Rick Gonzalez, who chaired key committees and ensured a seamless transition across administrations,” Bronin said. “On behalf of fellow members and staff, I thank them both for their dedicated service over many years, and I have no doubt that they will continue to lead on preservation issues as ACHP alumni.”

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