Annapolis hires chief of historic preservation

December 17, 2010|By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun

The city of Annapolis has hired a chief of historic preservation, an influential and visible position in a city with a downtown designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Lisa Craig, who most recently worked for a real estate development company in Washington state, began work last week as the new chief of historic preservation, city officials announced.

Craig has 20 years of preservation experience in public service, property development and nonprofit leadership at the state and national level. She served for five years with the National Trust for Historic Preservation before being named the State Historic Preservation Officer for the District of Columbia. Craig earned a bachelor's degree in historic preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design and a master's in the field from the University of Oregon.

"I'm really looking forward to working with the residents one-on-one, helping them with rehabilitation projects on historic homes and buildings," Craig said in a statement. "Helping property owners to work through the historic renovation process is a priority."

Craig has also worked to rehabilitate officers housing at the U.S. Air Force Academy, drafted an agreement for the Fort Lawton Historic District in Seattle and developed a public-private equity structure for historic tax credit certification at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

"The Chief of Historic Preservation is a vitally important position for our town," Mayor Joshua J. Cohen said in a statement. "One of our responsibilities is to preserve our national treasure of a historic district for future generations. It is essential both to our town's character and our economy. … I am confident that Craig brings the expertise and balanced approach we need in this sensitive position to help property owners achieve the full enjoyment and use of their properties while at the same time being responsible stewards of our Historic District."

Craig worked most recently as the development manager and project executive for Forest City, Wash., and the Forest City Military Communities, a real estate development company.

Sharon A. Kennedy, chair of the Historic Preservation Commission, who served as a member of the search team, said Craig was the unanimous choice after the list was pared to six finalists in the nationwide search.

"Her extensive and varied experience means she has engaged in the preservation process and dialogue from every angle," said Kennedy. "Lisa brings a wealth of talent and energy to the Annapolis HPC. She will help ensure that Annapolis continues its leadership position in the preservation community as well as engaging in meaningful and thoughtful outreach to our hometown stakeholders."

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