Staff

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.

Jacqueline Drayer is the DC Preservation League’s Outreach and Grants Manager. She manages the landmark and historic district nomination program and the Preservation Initiatives Grant Program. Previously she was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Belgium, where she researched, wrote, and photographed a book about the cultural and economic benefits of adaptive use. Jacqueline is a Board Member and Officer of the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and a Master of Arts in American Studies/Historic Preservation from George Washington University.

Melyssa Laureano is the DC Preservation League’s Program Associate.  She has just started her first year of the Public History Master’s Program at American University.  Melyssa recently worked at President Lincoln’s Cottage here in D.C. as a Museum Program Associate and interned at the National Museum of American History last fall.  She also currently works at NMAH, presenting public programs on the museum floor.  She holds B.A.’s in History and Secondary Education from Willkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

 

Katherine McCauley is the DC Preservation League’s 2019-2020 Graduate Fellow. 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.

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