Benjamin Filippo, Executive Director

Executive Director Benjamin Filippo joined Preservation Durham in December 2015. He studied History at Tufts University and Economic Development at SOAS (London). He has worked as a consultant for non-profit and for-profit entities, small and large, and has run his own small business. After moving to Durham from New York, Ben and his wife renovated a home in Albright, and have most recently finished their labor of love in Old East Durham, where they live with their two daughters. Ben has found a true sense of place in Durham, and is committed to giving back to it.

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Diane Amato, Office Manager

Diane joined Preservation Durham in September 2014.  She is orignally 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 board of 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, $100,000 has been awarded.

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