Board of Trustees


Gregory Y. Lubar


International Director, JLL Real Estate Brokerage

About Gregory Y. Lubar

Greg Lubar is JLL International Director for Brokerage in Washington, DC leading the tenant representation division. Greg also leads a global site selection, tenant representation, acquisitions and the incentive negotiations team based out of the Washington, DC office.  Prior to the merger with JLL, Greg worked as a Managing Director with The Staubach Company specializing in end-user representation with a focus on strategic planning, project management, financial analysis and transaction structuring. He has led some of the firms’ most complicated accounts for clients, including Volkswagen, ICF International and the District of Columbia Government.

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Lauren Oswalt McHale

President & Secretary

About Lauren Oswalt McHale

Lauren was appointed President of the Trust in 2017, after serving as Executive Director and Director of Preservation. In 2012, she initiated the Trust’s Historic Properties Redevelopment Program. Lauren has a B.A. in Art History and Historic Preservation & Community Planning from the College of Charleston and a M.S. in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She serves as President of the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, Secretary of Preservation Action Foundation, and a board member for both Preservation Action and the ACE DC Mentor Program. She is also a citizen member of the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee of Washington's Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C.

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Mary Carolyn "Carolyn" Brown


Donohue & Stearns, PLC

About Mary Carolyn "Carolyn" Brown

Carolyn Brown is an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Donohue & Stearns, PLC. She joined the firm in 2016 to expand its real estate and land use practices in the District, with a focus on zoning, historic preservation, land entitlements and administrative litigation. With over twenty years of experience, Ms. Brown develops land use strategies and advises clients on the intricacies of the design review process for historic properties, as well as zoning and building code compliance. Ms. Brown practices regularly before the District's Zoning Commission, the Board of Zoning Adjustment (including numerous appeal cases), the District's Historic Preservation Review Board, the Mayor's Agent for Historic Preservation, and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Ms. Brown also represents clients in the D.C. Court of Appeals defending agency orders approving development projects.  Ms. Brown received her JD as well as a Master’s in Historic Preservation/American Studies from The George Washington University.

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Adrienne V. Smoot-Edwards


President/CEO, AVSmoot LLC

About Adrienne V. Smoot-Edwards

Adrienne is the CEO and President of The Phoenix Restoration Group, a general contracting company that specializes in historic restoration, including window and door restoration, metal work, carpentry and painting. Since 2005 The Phoenix Restoration Group has been a front-runner in the building restoration industry, working on the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, President Lincoln's Cottage, and other historic buildings throughout the Washington, DC area.

Prior to establishing her business, Adrienne obtained nearly twenty years of construction management and accounting experience working for a variety of construction entities. She is a native Washingtonian and holds a B.S. in Organizational Management from Columbia Union College.

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Jennifer Fowler, AIA


Fowler Architects

About Jennifer Fowler, AIA

Jennifer Cox Fowler, A.I.A is a principal at Fowler Architects in Washington, DC. Jennifer specializes in residential additions and renovation projects. After working at several architectural firms, she started her own practice in 2004 and has worked on many projects in the District, predominately on Capitol Hill. She is a native of Austin, Texas and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

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Tripp Donnelly

CEO/Founder REQ

About Tripp Donnelly

Tripp is the CEO and founder of REQ, a digital marketing and brand management company headquartered in Washington, DC. Founded in 2008, RepEquity provides major brands, national organizations and growing companies with digital marketing services, online reputation management, and advocacy solutions. Washington Business Journal has listed Tripp among its 40 Under 40 Business Leaders and SmartCEO Magazine named him Technology Innovator of the Year. Before RepEquity, Tripp served as Senior Vice President at InPhonic and as a Presidential Aide in the Offices of Communications, Legislative Affairs, and Advance at the White House.

Tripp, a native Washingtonian, holds degrees from Georgetown University and the London School of Economics. He is also a Fellow of the Aspen Institute and member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO). 

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Sam C. Kilpatrick


About Sam C. Kilpatrick

Sam C. Kilpatrick was the Controller of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for forty years and retired in 2016.  The National Trust provides leadership and advocacy to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.  During his tenure with the National Trust, he was responsible for management of its assets, accounting, payroll, budgeting, contracts, grants administration, audits, tax returns and endowments.  He worked closely with the Board of Trustees and the Finance and Audit

Sam has served on the boards of Congressional Cemetery, Emmaus Services for the Aging and The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation.  He served as chairman of the Audit, Finance, Fundraising and Board Development Committees. He is currently serving on the boards of Iona Senior Services as its Treasurer and Foundry United Methodist Church as its Chairman of the Audit Committee.  

Sam has a BS degree in Business Administration.  He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and has lived in Washington, D. C. since 1974.

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Trustees Emeriti

Charles F. Auster
Lane H. Potkin
Stephen P. Goldman


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