Georgia Trust CEO to Lead National Preservation Group

Georgia Trust President and CEO Mark C. McDonald

ATLANTA, Dec. 5, 2012—The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced today that Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of The Georgia Trust since 2008, has been elected chair of the National Trust Partners Network. In this role, McDonald will serve ex officio on the National Trust’s Board of Trustees for a two-year term that began in November.

The Partners Network, which comprises more than 120 state, regional, and local nonprofit organizations, represents the top-tier preservation organizations in the country. These organizations are actively involved in saving and protecting historic places, advocating for preservation-friendly policies, and promoting the economic and social benefits of historic preservation. The network convenes for educational purposes twice a year.

McDonald has more than 25 years of professional involvement in historic preservation and a strong business background. He holds a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in history and English from Emory University and a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. Prior to coming to the Georgia Trust, he served as executive director of three other preservation organizations—Historic Savannah Foundation, the Mobile (Ala.) Historic Development Commission, and Historic Salisbury Foundation (N.C.).

Created in 1973, The Georgia Trust is one of the largest statewide preservation organizations in the country and was a founding member of the National Trust Partners Network when the alliance of nonprofits was formed in 1995.

McDonald will be assisted by vice chair Jennifer Meisner, executive director of the Seattle-based Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places.

About The Georgia Trust
Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country’s largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. The Trust is committed to preserving and enhancing Georgia’s communities and their diverse historic resources for the education and enjoyment of all.

The Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia’s “Places in Peril.” The Trust helps revitalize downtowns by providing design and technical assistance in 102 Georgia Main Street cities; trains Georgia’s teachers in 63 Georgia school systems to engage students in discovering state and national history through their local historic resources; and advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts. To learn more, visit

For Immediate Release

Media contacts: Traci Clark, The Georgia Trust, 404-885-7802,
Virgil McDill, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 202-294-9187,