Meet our new Executive Director


New Executive Director

Ben Filippo, Executive Director

The Preservation Durham Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Ben Filippo has been hired as Preservation Durham’s new Executive Director. Ben comes to us with a depth of non-profit experience in sustainable agriculture and food accessibility. His work has focused on bringing people together, building skills and sharing resources – work which we feel dovetails nicely with Preservation Durham’s needs and goals.

Ben and his family live in Old East Durham in a house that they renovated themselves. Ben’s vision for PD is to build deep and meaningful partnerships with community groups and residents, in order to create ownership over our physical landscape, and work towards a vibrant and equitable Durham, across all neighborhoods.

Vision for 2016

As Durham grows and changes, our historic places and neighborhoods need cherishing and protecting. In our community survey earlier this year, we heard loud and clear that people are worried about the pace of change, rising housing costs, and impacts on our older neighborhoods. This matches up with our own analysis – as the downtown core becomes more expensive, growth is spreading outwards – as more folks move here to be part of Durham’s cool, there is increasing competition for housing in our older neighborhoods.
At Preservation Durham, we have streamlined our programs to focus on our mission and most effective programs. In 2016, we will be retooling these programs to meet the needs that have heard about from the community, to provide proactive leadership, and to serve a more diverse cross-section of our community. The work plan includes:
  • Establishing a true “network” of community members and stakeholders across Durham’s neighborhoods – one where advice and support is given, and ideas are freely shared.
  • Renovator’s Network programs that connect homeowners with skills, each other and professionals
  • Research and recognition of several traditionally african-american neighborhoods
  • Proactive advocacy leadership in form of research, publications, and events  (recent past architecture/Modernism, housing diversity and affordability, Central Park)
  • Leadership lecture (community conversation) on neighborhoods in transition

Get Involved

We have energy and ideas and need your help.
  • Become a member. We need your support to keep our work going. Join today with your friends and neighbors who love Durham’s grit, cool, and diverse history.
  • Join a committee. Passionate and creative folks are always welcome at our committee meetings. In particular we could use help with photography, graphic design, communications and web/social content.
  • Talk to us. We want to hear what’s going on in your neighborhood and how we could be helpful.  Click here to take our brief survey on 2016 priorities.