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Executive Director, Nancy SchamuBusiness Manager, Sharon SmithGovernment Relations Director, Elizabeth Belleville


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Board of Directors

The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the member States. The National Historic Preservation Act names the NCSHPO as the point of contact for the State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs). The President of the NCSHPO is an ex-officio member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.


Elizabeth Hughes; DSHPO Maryland*

Vice President
Jay D. Vogt; SHPO South Dakota*

Mark Wolfe; SHPO Texas*

Patrick McIntyre - SHPO Tennessee*

Immediate Past President
Ruth Pierpont - DSHPO New York*

Board of Directors:

  • Allyson Brooks, Washington
  • Brian Conway, Michigan
  • Janet Gallimore, Idaho
  • Mary Hopkins, Wyoming
  • Barbara Howard, Minnesota
  • Elizabeth Johnson, South Carolina
  • Vacant

    The NCSHPO Board at Big Bend National Park, Texas

  • Frances McSwain, Arkansas
  • Ed Nichols, Colorado
  • Patrick Zollner, Kansas
  • Ramona Bartos, North Carolina
  • David Crass, Georgia

* indicates members of the executive committee

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NCSHPO Board of Directors at the 2007 Summer Board Meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Ruth Pierpont testifying before the House National Parks Subcommittee

What we do

The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) is the professional association of the State government officials who carry out the national historic preservation program as delegates of the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (NHPA) (16 USC 470).

Click here for an overview of the national historic preservation program.

Click here for more information on SHPOs and what they do

The NHPA provides for the designation of a State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) in each state. SHPOs:

  • Locate and record historic resources;
  • Nominate significant historic resources to the National Register of Historic Places;
  • Foster historic preservation programs at the local government level and the creation of preservation ordinances;
  • Provide funds for preservation activities;
  • Comment on projects under consideration for the federal historic preservation tax incentive;
  • Review all federal projects for their impact on historic properties in accordance with Section 106 of the Act and the regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; and
  • Provide technical assistance on rehabilitation projects and other preservation activities to federal agencies, state and local governments, and the private sector.

The NCSHPO is a 501(c)(3) corporation registered in the District of Columbia. The NCSHPO acts as a communications vehicle among the SHPOs and their staffs and represents the SHPOs with federal agencies and national preservation organizations. Questions about historic preservation in individual states (i.e. a federal project, listing in the National Register of Historic Places, tax incentives) should be directed to the respective state.

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