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Lauren Oswalt McHale

President & CEO

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 Chair of the Preservation Action Foundation Board, ACE DC Mentor Program board member and past President of the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. 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 additional Sustainability Certificate coursework 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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Christina Rieth

Historic Preservation Specialist

Christina is the Trust's Historic Preservation Specialist. She received her B.A. in Architecture and International Relations from Wellesley College and a Master of Historic Preservation from the University of Kentucky. Her Master's thesis critically assessed Kentucky's historic preservation tax credit program for private development projects throughout the state. Her professional experience includes work with Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area, the Boston Preservation Alliance, the Kentucky Heritage Council, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, Wheeling Heritage, and Wood E&IS. 

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