In addition to the professional staff and Trustees, the work of DCPL is carried out by a corps of over 100 dedicated volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours to DCPL’s committees. Click Here to sign up for a committee or other volunteer opportunities with DCPL.


The Development Committee is tasked with sustaining and increasing individual and business memberships, the pursuit of corporate sponsorships, and foundation giving. The committee also develops a comprehensive calendar of fundraising events aimed at increasing DCPL’s financial stability in order to further its mission. Chair: Melissa Cohen, AIA and Howard Berger


The Education Committee plans and executes educational activities to inform the membership and the general public about important preservation issues in Washington. These activities include lectures, tours, and panel discussions. Often this committee coordinates with other DCPL committees to expand the organization’s activities. Chair: John Sandor

Government Affairs

The Government Affairs Committee pursues issues relating to government and its impact on preservation. It monitors city and federal government planning decisions that may impact Washington’s historic resources, while advocating for sound historic preservation policy. The committee also considers, prepares and proposes municipal legislation that would facilitate preservation projects in the city. Chair: John Sandor


The Landmarks Committee advises the DC Board of Trustees on the status and designation of landmarks and historic districts within the District of Columbia. The committee also identifies historic structures, sites or other features that should be preserved and prioritizes their designation; conducts research and prepares nominations of buildings submitted to the DC Historic Preservation Review Board for listing in the DC Inventory of Historic Sites; and reviews nominations prepared by other groups and recommends action to the Board. Chair: Peter Sefton

Project Review

The Project Review Committee is responsible for the review and evaluation of development projects and planning efforts that have an impact on historic preservation in the District of Columbia. The role of the committee is to encourage, within the context of preservation, high standards of contemporary design, so that old and new are compatible, yet differentiated; to ensure that historic preservation practices are informed by good urban planning principles; and to acknowledge landscape architecture in preservation. Chair: Rob McClennan