Preservation Texas Welcomes Evan Thompson as New Leader
UT Law graduate brings expertise to Texas statewide non-profit
Austin – Preservation Texas announced today that Evan Thompson of Charleston, South Carolina will assume leadership duties as executive director for the Austin-based statewide organization on April 1. Thompson previously served as executive director of the Preservation Society of Charleston and Historic Beaufort Foundation in Beaufort, South Carolina.
“We are thrilled that Evan Thompson will lead our organization into the future,” said Charlene Orr, Preservation Texas president. “Texas has tremendous historic and cultural assets, and through strong leadership we can ensure that Preservation Texas supports the network of preservationists across the state who work to protect its diverse heritage.”
Thompson, a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, brings nationally-recognized leadership to Preservation Texas. In 2011, his innovative advocacy and programming was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with its inaugural Aspire Award, recognizing an emerging leader who has made significant achievements in preservation. “I look forward to working to ensure that historic preservation is widely recognized in Texas as a valuable contributor to the state’s economy,” said Thompson. “Thousands of jobs and nearly one billion dollars of economic activity are tied to historic preservation in Texas.”
In Charleston, Thompson led the Society through complicated legal advocacy while developing important outreach programs through continuing education, recognition of African-American heritage, and solutions-based approaches to preservation challenges from abandoned cemeteries to underappreciated vernacular architecture. In 2010, he was recognized by the South Carolina legislature in 2010 for his preservation efforts in South Carolina. Thompson will announce Preservation Texas’ 2014 Most Endangered Places on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol on May 20, calling attention to Texas treasures in need of the investment of intellectual and monetary resources to ensure their preservation.