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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, and as 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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Ananda Bagiackas

Operations Manager

Ananda brings many years of project and event management to her role as Operations Manager for the Trust. Her experience includes planning and executing fundraising galas for an international human rights nonprofit, and developing and managing outreach and engagement programs for an organic farm and winery in California.  Ananda has also undertaken coursework towards a Sustainability Certificate through UCLA. She holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from Mills College, and a B.A. in English from the University of Vermont.

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Kate Kenwright

Historic Preservation Specialist

Kate is the Trust’s Historic Preservation Specialist. She received her B.A. in Southern Studies from the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, where she also graduated from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. Kate completed her Master of Preservation Studies Program at the Tulane School of Architecture. While attending Tulane, Kate interned with Longue Vue House and Gardens, Clio Associates, and the National World War II Museum. As part of Kate’s graduate studies, she worked at the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans where she participated in administering and monitoring easemented properties throughout the New Orleans area.

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