Cincinnati Historic Preservation Action Plan: An Innovative Approach to Community-Driven Preservation


The Cincinnati Historic Preservation Action Plan kicked off in the summer of 2021 with seven public listening sessions. These well-attended and compelling forums for community engagement in historic preservation captured input from over 100 residents from diverse backgrounds and will now form the basis for a comprehensive plan to improve historic preservation practice, regulatory processes, and public history initiatives, with a specific focus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This session will share an innovative preservation toolkit modeled after Cincinnati's Historic Preservation Action Plan that attendees can use in cities across the country.

CE Credits:
Jul 16, 2022 10:15 AM

Ioanna Paraskevopoulos

Ioanna Paraskevopoulos, Project Director, co-founded Action Tank to provide free policy research and technical assistance to residents, especially community and neighborhood groups, advocating on behalf of their neighbors. She observed the need for an organization like Action Tank while serving as Chief of Staff to a Cincinnati City Council Member for three and a half years. Under her leadership, the Council Member's office introduced and passed signature legislation to help reframe conversations surrounding development in Cincinnati. From 2010 - 2016, she worked at the U.S. Department of State, where she was the Senior Human Rights and Congressional Affairs Officer for the Middle East Bureau. She also served as bureau coordinator for the UN General Assembly. She has a B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia University and a J.D. from Northern Kentucky University.

Carlton Robert Collins

Carlton Robert Collins, Engagement Co-Facilitator & Community Organizer, brought his experience in facilitation and deep listing to the project. Collins has a background in education and nonprofit management with a decade of service including recruitment of minority educators, program design & development for national initiatives, strategy for nonprofit clients, and college placement and career exploration for young people in Greater Cincinnati and Metro Atlanta. He specializes in bias training, Black male achievement, community advocacy and activism, direct political action, and social change theory. He is the co-founder of The Heights Movement, the operators of My Brother’s Keeper Lincoln Heights in conjunction with the Obama Foundation, a minority business development firm called Engines That Work, and his educational consultancy, EDUC8theWORLD.

Jared Marsh

Jared Marsh, Project Manager, serves on the Action Tank team enabling others through civic engagement programs to advocate for more equitable policy that meets the needs of their communities. This is accomplished through Jared’s deep love for spreadsheets in project management from project design, fundraising, marketing, and implementation. Prior to Action Tank, Jared worked in several sustainability and human rights roles throughout the Dayton and Cincinnati area including the University of Dayton’s Hanley Sustainability Institute and Human Rights Center and Sustainability/Pollution Prevention rotations at TriHealth’s Good Samaritan Hospital and the Cincinnati Art Museum. Jared is a native Cincinnatian representing the Westside and received his undergraduate degree in Human Rights Studies with concentrations in Sustainability and Chinese from the University of Dayton in 2020.


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