Rebecca Miller, is the Executive Director of the DC Preservation League. She holds a B.A. in History and a Master’s in Business Administration and has been with DCPL since 2003. In addition to supervising the day-to-day operations of DCPL, Rebecca represents the organization as a consulting party on Section 106 issues such as the consolidation of the Department of Homeland Security at the National Historic Landmark St. Elizabeths Hospital West Campus, Union Station, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She has also successfully advocated for funding for the restoration of the DC World War I Memorial on the National Mall, and led the organization in pursuing the protection of dozens of individual landmarks and historic districts throughout Washington. Rebecca frequently provides testimony on behalf of DCPL on historic preservation issues before the DC Council, the DC Historic Preservation Review Board, the Commission on Fine Arts, and the National Capital Planning Commission. She also serves as a juror for the annual District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation.
Kelli Knox, DC Preservation League’s Director of Development oversees partnerships with individual donors and foundations, and helps promote membership at all levels. Prior to joining DCPL in August 2016, Kelli worked for eight years as Deputy Director of Development at the Center for Science in the Public Interest—a public health organization that works to promote a safe, healthy food supply. She’s also worked at the National Endowment for the Arts and The Choral Arts Society of Washington. Kelli holds a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) from James Madison University and a Master of Arts (Arts Administration) from The Florida State University.
Jessica Unger is the DC Preservation League’s Community Outreach and Grants Manager. She shepherds landmark nominations through the designation process, engages local communities in preservation initiatives, and administers DCPL’s grant programs. Previously, Jessica served as the Emergency Programs Coordinator at the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation, where she managed several national programs that aimed to protect cultural heritage during emergencies and disasters. She has also held positions with Heritage Preservation, the State of Rhode Island, and James Monroe’s Highland. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Arts in Public Humanities from Brown University.
Melyssa Laureano is the DC Preservation League’s Programs Associate. She helps organize public and educational programs for DCPL. Previously, Melyssa was DCPL’s 2018 Graduate Fellow. Before her work with DCPL, she worked at the National Museum of American History, presenting public programs on the museum floor, and at President Lincoln’s Cottage here in D.C. as a Museum Program Associate. She holds an M.A. in Public History from American University and B.A.’s in History and Secondary Education from Wilkes University.
Katherine McCauley is the DC Preservation League’s 2019 Program Fellow. She will be primarily working on app development– DC Historic Sites. Katherine is a second-year student in American University’s Public History MA program. She also currently interns at Gallagher & Associates as an Exhibit Coordinator Intern and has given tours at the Heurich House Museum since 2017. Previously, she worked on the Client Services team at Food & Friends in northeast DC and at the Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in Spanish Studies from American University.