April Johnson, Executive Director

April is a Historic Preservationist who worked with the City of Charlottesville, City of Winston-Salem, Preservation Durham, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to maintain, promote, and advocate saving historic buildings.  After spending the last three and a half years in preservation planning with the City of Winston-Salem, April believes historic preservation’s most important role in the 21st century, is to create community through the reawakening of historic buildings that contribute to civic beauty, economic development, social dialogue and uplift, and a collective identity.

April intentionally seeks to make a positive impact in the cities she resides in. She serves on the board of Triad Cultural Arts, was as board member and President of the Winston-Salem Urban League Young Professionals, Chairperson of the Citizens Advisory Committee, and served on multiple in-school/after-school programs tutoring and mentoring disenfranchised youth.

April holds a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning and a master’s certificate in Historic Preservation.

April can be reached at 


Diane Amato, Office Manager

Diane joined Preservation Durham in September 2014.  She is originally from Massachusetts where she worked as a Program Manager for General Electric.  She is the Board President of Liberty Arts and is also on the boards of Frank Gallery and Trinity Park Neighborhood Association.  She served on the board of Durham Habitat for Humanity Restore as Treasurer and then President and also joined on the board of Chatham County Arts Council as Treasurer. In 2009 she founded The Art of Giving, a giving circle committed to granting money to non-profits in the Triangle whose programs benefit women and children.  Since its inception, $130,000 has been awarded.

Diane can be reached at