Advocacy and Grassroots Preservation: Fighting the Good Fight


Does the idea of advocacy make you nervous? Surely you don’t mean lobbying? Am I even allowed to do this sort of thing? This session will answer your questions about the role you can take to advocate for historic resources, good policies, and effective legislation. Information will be provided on dealing with governmental affairs and advocacy strategies at the local, state, and federal levels with lots of examples of effective advocacy work.

CE Credits:
Jul 16, 2022 8:30 AM

Mindy Gulden Crawford

Mindy Gulden Crawford, Executive Director, Preservation Pennsylvania- A part-time job typing National Register Nominations in 1982 turned into a long career for Mindy. She has been the Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania since 2006, after spending 24 years at Historic York, Inc. (20 years as Executive Director). A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from York College coupled with a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Goucher College has opened up many opportunities for work and volunteering.Mindy serves on the boards of several history and preservation organizations: the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC), the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association, the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Authority, and Main Street Hanover.In her spare time, you’ll find Mindy exploring the Lincoln Highway and other old roads looking for great roadside architecture and searching for the perfect souvenir snow globe. You might also find her wearing seven layers of period clothing to participate in Civil War dancing or living history events with her husband, Rodney.

Briana Paxton Grosicki

Briana Paxton Grosicki, Consultant, Ethos Preservation- A talented organizer and researcher, Briana Grosicki, is a consultant with Ethos Preservation, based in Savannah, GA. She was most recently an Associate Principal at PlaceEconomics, providing economic impact studies, incentives development, and preservation toolkit services to municipal and nonprofit clients in 15+ states. Grosicki serves on the national Board of Directors for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions and as chairwoman of Preservation Action, America’s grassroots lobby for historic preservation.

Sarah Hansen

Sarah Hansen is the Executive Director of Greater Portland Landmarks. Prior to her work with Landmarks, Sarah served as Director of Preservation Services at Maine Preservation. Sarah discovered her love of community revitalization as a history major at Connecticut College and received a M.A. in Preservation Studies from Boston University. After working with Boston Main Streets, she worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s regional office in Denver covering South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. She also worked for Colorado Preservation, Inc. and with the Architectural Heritage Foundation in Boston, a nonprofit historic tax credit developer. After five years as Coordinator of the Washington State Main Street Program, she worked for the Arkansas Community Foundation as Statewide Outreach Director.


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