Our leadership team is a community of professionals who are dedicated to collaborating and bringing their unique skills and perspectives to the Preservation Rightsizing Network mission: to work in legacy cities in ways that will preserve local heritage and revitalize the built environment. We plan to provide ways to engage with a community of fellow advocates, share best practices, and develop new tools to strengthen communities for the future.

Cara Bertron, Director

bertron_headshot2016Cara Bertron has completed diverse preservation-based planning and revitalization projects in Seattle, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Cincinnati, including commercial district reinvestment studies, innovative historic resource surveys, and citywide and neighborhood preservation plans with a focus on equity and data-driven decision making. Cara holds an MS in historic preservation and a certificate in urban redevelopment from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Next City Vanguard and also edits Pocket Guide, an occasional zine.

Emilie Evans, Secretary

Director of Rightsizing Cities Initiative, PlaceEconomics | Detroit, MI

emilieheadshot2016squaresmallEmilie Evans is Director of the Rightsizing Cities Initiative with PlaceEconomics and leads projects using Relocal, a data-based tool that develops tailored recommendations for how vacant buildings and lots can support neighborhood sustainability. Previously, Evans served as Detroit Preservation Specialist for the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and National Trust for Historic Preservation, spearheading a smartphone survey of nearly 18,000 historic properties across Detroit to inform demolition decisions. Prior to Detroit, Evans resided in New York City where she worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University, from which Evans holds masters’ degrees in Historic Preservation and Urban Planning.

Anne Englot

Faculty, Rutgers University – Newark | Newark, NJ

anne-englotAnne Englot joined Rutgers University – Newark in 2014 as Professor of Practice in Architecture & Humanities in the Arts, Culture & Media Department. She teaches courses on the city and architectural history, she has been instrumental in shaping key university—community initiatives including the Express Newark: University Community Collaboratory in the former Hahne & Company department store.

Prior to Rutgers, she was a Professor of Architectural Studies & Design at Morrisville State College earning the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; and a visiting professor in the Syracuse University School of Architecture during Fall 2013.

Nicholas Hamilton

Director of Urban Policy, The American Assembly | New York, NY

nh_dec_2015aNicholas Hamilton directs the urban policy work of The American Assembly where he leads the Legacy Cities Partnership, a national coalition of practitioners, researchers and leaders working to revitalize America’s legacy cities. His work focuses on economic development, urban governance, and civic engagement. Prior to joining The Assembly, he worked at the Earth Institute Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University. He served as project manager for the team receiving the 2009 Leous-Parry Award for Progressive Sustainability for work relating to inclusive urbanization in Cairo, Egypt and joined the Next City Vanguard in 2013. His architectural and urban design work for the firm Davis Brody Bond included the master planning and architectural design of US diplomatic facilities abroad to the design and construction management of research laboratories at Columbia University. Mr. Hamilton holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and BA in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.

Eli Pousson

Director of Preservation and Outreach, Baltimore Heritage | Baltimore, MD

eli-poussonEli Pousson started at Baltimore Heritage in October 2009 as a Field Officer in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is now the Director of Preservation & Outreach. Prior to moving to Baltimore, Eli worked for the DC Office of Historic Preservation and completed graduate work in anthropology and historic preservation at the University of Maryland College Park. Eli continues to work with the Lakeland Community Heritage Project and other heritage organizations in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Brad White

Associate Director, Alphawood Foundation; Advisory Council on Historic Preservation | Chicago, IL

Brad WhiteBrad White is the Associate Director of the Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago-based private foundation working for an equitable, just and humane society. Current responsibilities nclude researching and analyzing major project opportunities, providing recommendations, and leading implementation efforts. Brad is also responsible for helping to manage staff and foundation resources.  Previous to his work with Alphawood, Brad focused on affordable housing and community development.

Brad was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) in 2011. The ACHP is an independent Federal agency that promotes historic preservation nationally by providing a forum for influencing Federal activities, programs, and policies that impact historic properties.  Brad has previously served as the Chair of Landmarks Illinois and Preservation Action.


See our past Leadership Team members here.