Our committees do a great deal of the work of the organization – from crafting advocacy statements to planning educational workshops. Committees are composed of Board Members and organizational members at large. If you are interested in joining, please contact the committee chair or our office staff.


Advocacy – Advocates issues of major importance to Durham. Its goals are to:

  • Identify key issues and recommend position statements for board approval
  • Educate the public on preservation issues, best practices and Preservation Durham’s work
  • Work with other organizations in supporting or opposing issues of mutual interest
  • Represent interests of Preservation Durham
  • Review local ordinances concerning historic preservation

Chairs: Cynthia deMiranda and Molly O’Connor


Development – Designs and implements annual fundraising plans that will generate funds to support the mission of Preservation Durham. Its goals are to:

  • Expand sponsorships and corporate support
  • Seek and increase grants and foundation contributions
  • Grow membership
  • Maximize Board and major donor contributions
  • Earn income from annual/special events

Chair: Chris Arena


Communications – Increases community awareness of Preservation Durham’s mission and work. Its goals are to:

  • Communicate with the Preservation Durham’s membership and the broader community
  • Share the work that Preservation Durham’s staff and committees undertake
  • Develop printed and digital marketing pieces

Chair: Ben Filippo


Home Tour – Organizes the annual Durham Preservation Tour. Its work includes:

  • Identifying tour sites and working with property owners
  • Providing research on the tour theme and locations and educational events
  • Recruiting advertisers and sponsors and marketing the tour
  • Managing tour volunteers and day-of logistics

Chair: Kelly Diard


Real Estate – Advises the Executive Director and Board on issues related to real estate transactions, covenant properties and Endangered Properties Fund investments.

Chair: Ben Filippo