Alumni Job Placements

HP faculty and alumni meet at a conference in Salt Lake City

The following list indicates the myriad places of employment for Historic Preservation Program's alumni.

In some cases the following positions include a student's initial position and one or more subsequent positions.  Some graduates have not notified us of their initial employment or subsequent career moves. (Click here to contact us if you have updated employment information!) Other students have pursued Ph.D. studies, or have chosen not to pursue a career in the field.

(Note SHPO refers to State Historic Preservation Office.)

Newest Placements, 2016–2017

Adjective Architect, dPOP Interior Design, Detroit, MI – Samantha Mallot

Architectural Historian, The Louis Berger Group, Inc., Kansas City, MO –  Natalie Thomas

Architectural Historian, Hess Roise & Company, Minneapolis, MN –  Kristen Koehlinger

Associate Director of External Relations, California State University, Northridge, CA –   Sherry Sidick

Curatorial Assistant, Krasl Art Center, St Joseph, MI –  Kimberly Long

Detroit Ambassador, Bedrock Real Estate, Detroit, MI – Jeffrey Brown

Development Officer,  Wayne State University College of Education, Detroit, MI –  Michael Gute

Director of Development, Arte Express and Packard Plant Rehabilitation, Detroit, MI –  Kari Smith

Director of Development, Bentley Historical Library, U of M, Ann Arbor, MI Ceci Riecker

Education Programs Coordinator, Univ. of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI –  Briannon English

Executive Director, Main Street Charlevoix, Charlevoix, MI –  Lindsey Dotson

Faith and John Meem Preservation Trades Fellowship, Santa Fe, NM –  Janell Keyser

Graduate Programs Coordinator, Stamps School of Art & Design, U of M, Ann Arbor, MI –  Meghan Schafbuch Jellema

Guest Relations Representative, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, Chicago, IL –  Kaitlyn Mays

Heritage Home Program Assistant, Cleveland Restoration Society, Cleveland, OH –  Yasmin Ruiz

Museums Director, Beaver Island Historical Society, Beaver Island, MI –  Lori Taylor-Blitz

NEPA/Environmental Project Manager, Mannik-Smith Group, Inc., Maumee OH –  Christopher Owen

Preservation Planner, Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission, Bloomington, IN – Rachel Ellenson

Registrar of Loans, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA – Beth Bahls

Research Assistant,  Census Information Center,  Hamtramck, MI –  Ashley Fallon

Senior Preservation Architect, Neumann/Smith Architecture, Northville, MI –  Daniel Schneider

Site Inspector, Senior Environmental Employment Program, Rogers City, MI – Mary Ann Heidemann

Survey and Information Coordinator, State Historic Preservation Office, Lansing, MI –  Katie Hardcastle Kolokithas

Zoning Administrator, City of South Lyon, South Lyon, MI – Megan Blaha

National Register Specialist, Tennessee Historical Commission (SHPO), Nashville, TN – Rebecca Schmitt


Museums, Collections, and Interpretation

Director, Hallocksville Museum Farm, Hallocksville Museum Farm and Folklife Center, Long Island, NY

Interpreter, Historic Rugby, Inc., Rugby, TN

Development Officer, Historic Fairbanks House, Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, Dedham, MA

Interpreter, Shelburne Museum, VT

Site Historian, Fayette State Historic Park, Garden, MI

Collections Archivist, Frank Lloyd Wright Oak Park Studio, Oak Park, IL

Site Interpreter and Development Director, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point, MI

Site and Interpretation Manager, Patterson Historical Homestead, Dayton, OH

Director of Volunteers, Detroit Historical Society 

Interpreter, Garfield Historic Farm, Kane County, IL

Site Historian and Preservation Officer, Hartwick Pines and North Higgins Lake State Parks, MI

Historic Collection and Photo Research Supervisor, FPG International, New York City 

Teaching Partnership Project Coordinator, University of Michigan, Arts of Citizenship Program, Ann Arbor

Manager, Education & History Department, Roscoe Village Foundation, OH

Lead Interpreter, The Hermitage, Nashville, TN

Associate Registrar, Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Associate Vice President for Communications, Albion College, MI

Digital Imaging Archivist, Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI

Digitization Technician, Detroit Historical Society

Information Desk Clerk, Ann Arbor District Library

Marketing Director, Paragon Display Group, Ann Arbor


Historic Administration 

Administrative Assistant, Collections & Exhibitions, University of Michigan Museum of Art

Executive Director, Vicksburg (Virginia) Foundation for Historic Preservation

Executive Director, Elwood House, Dekalb, IL

Director, Heritage Ohio, Columbus, OH

Librarian, Esherick, Homsey, Dodge, and Davis, San Francisco

State Historic Preservation Office, Florida

State Historic Preservation Office, Regional Preservation Coordinator, OH

State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin 

State Historic Preservation Office, Tennessee 

Staff Position, Virgin Islands Preservation Office

Historic Construction Manager, Forbes Development Co, Detroit

Assistant Site Manager, Historic Fort Snelling, Minnesota Historical Society

Historic Preservation Program Assistant, New York SHPO, Albany, NY

Henry Ford Estate, Fair Lane, Dearborn, Michigan; multiple placements including:
Program Coordinator, Conservator and Special Projects Coordinator

Executive Director, Detroit Historical Society, Detroit

Program Coordinator, Chicago Architectural Foundation

Executive Director, Historic Wilmington Foundation, Wilmington, NC

Director, Plymouth Historical Museum, Plymouth, MI

Environmental Review Coordinator, Michigan Bureau of History (SHPO Office)

State Register Coordinator, Michigan Bureau of History (SHPO Office)

National Register Manager, Ohio SHPO Office

Acting Director, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI

Supervisor, Jewish Archives, Reuther Library, Detroit

Executive Director, Downriver Arts Council, Wyandotte, MI

Executive Assistant, New York Landmarks Conservancy

Director, Rochester Historical Society, Rochester, MN

Executive Director, Ontario County Historical Society, Canandaigua, NY

Design Reviewer, Memphis Landmarks Commission

Director of Finance, American Dance Festival, Inc. Durham, NC

Executive Director, Eight Mile Boulevard Association, MI

Director, Belleville Historical Museum, Belleville, MI

Main Street Manager, Central City Neighborhood, Lansing, MI

Executive Director, Historic Hawaii Foundation, Honolulu

Main Street Manager, South Carolina

Director, Washtenaw County Council for the Arts, Ann Arbor

Historic Preservation Officer, Neighborhood Designations, Phoenix, AZ

Indianapolis Office, Historic Landmarks of Indiana

Community Services Director, Utah Heritage Foundation, Salt Lake City 

Environmental Reviewer, Midwest Environmental Consultants, Inc., Detroit

Historical and Environmental Review, Michael Baker, Jr., Inc., Pittsburgh

State Historic Preservation Office, Oklahoma 

Manager of Education and History Departments, Historic Roscoe Village, OH 

Executive Administrator, Stained Glass Association of America

Community Services Director, Utah Heritage Foundation

Director, Historic District Commission, Ann Arbor

Director, Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum, Clarinda, IA

Director of Programs, Historic Madison, Inc., IN

Executive Director, Belleville Area Museum

Exhibition Assistant, Detroit Institute of Arts

Facilities Manager, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami

Farm Manager, Sauder Historic Village, Archbold, OH

Interpreter, Western Maryland Interpretive Association, Sharpsburg, MD

Museum Director, Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire, WI

Manager of Digital Collections, Detroit Historical Museum

Prints Curator, Toledo Museum of Art

Project Director, John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Art, Washington, D.C.

Chrysler Museum, Auburn Hills, MI


Preservation Planning

Architectural Historian, Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Inc., Jackson, MI

Architectural Historian, Texas Department of Transportation

Architectural Historian, Mead & Hunt, Inc., Madison, WI

Architectural Historian, Michigan Department of Transportation

Architectural Historian, Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office, Oklahoma City

Architectural Historian, CCRG (Commonwealth Heritage Group), Jackson, MI: multiple placements

Architectural Historian, KCI Technologies, Mechanicsburg, PA

Agency IT Project Manager, MSHDA

Assistant Director, City of Jackson, MI, Downtown Development Authority

Assistant Director, Grand Traverse Lighthouse, Northport, MI

Associate Director of Development, University of Michigan School of Information

Associate Director of External Relations at California State University, Northridge

Assistant Director for Material Culture, Kalamazoo (MI) Valley Museum

Assistant Project Manager, Wattle & Daub Contractors, Fort Collins, CO

Development Program Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, Ann Arbor

Planner, Bi-State Regional Commission, Rock Island, IL

Historic Preservation Officer, City of Columbus, OH

Program Coordinator, Building Preservation and Restoration Program, Hartford Community College, Bel Air, MD

State Historical Architect, Alabama

State Historical Architect, Pennsylvania 

Landscape Preservationist, New York City Landmarks Commission

Main Street Manager, Ypsilanti, MI

Main Street Manager, Tuscumbia, AL

Main Street Manager, Howell, MI

Staff Position, Historic American Buildings Survey

Historic Preservation Planner, Trumbull County Planning Commission, Warren, OH

Regional Planner, Region V, Flint, MI

Preservation Planner, City Planning Office, Fort Wayne, IN

Director of Community Development, Shelby County, KY

Historic Preservation Planner, King County Planning Commission, Seattle, WA

Urban Planner, King County Planning Commission, Seattle, WA

Historic Preservation Officer, Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission, MI

State Historic Preservation Office, Washington

Deputy Planning Director, Canton Township, Wayne County, MI

Urban Conservation Planner, City of Pasadena, CA

Preservation Planner, Commonwealth Group, Jackson, MI

Growth Management Planner, Pasadena, CA

Assistant Planner, Wade-Trim Impact Planning Consultants, Taylor, MI

Planner, St. Louis County Parks, St. Louis, MO

Executive Director, Downtown Development Authority, Rochester, MI

Partner, Mellon & Associates, historic preservation consultancy firm, Santa Monica, CA

City Planning Commission, Santa Monica, CA

Mayor and councilwoman, Santa Monica, CA

Preservation Planner, Mississauga, Ontario

Cultural Resource Reviewer and Consultant, MSI, Inc., Toledo, OH

Zachary & Associates, Detroit

Preservation Planner, Deschutes County, OR

Director, Downtown Development, Youngstown, OH

Rochester Downtown Development Authority, Rochester, MI

Preservation Planner, Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Jackson, MI

Cultural Resource Group Manager, Midwest Environmental Consultants, Inc., Toledo, OH

Director, Downtown Development Authority, Baker, OR

Planning Coordinator, Crosswinds Communities, Novi, MI

Enterprise Community Coordinator, Community & Economic Development Office, Burlington, VT

Commercial Development Coordinator, Corktown, Detroit

Housing Specialist, Neighborhoods in Partnership, Toledo, OH

Site Development and Restoration Planner, Taliesen East, Spring Green, WI

Preservation Planner, City of Rochester Hills, MI

Preservation Planner, The Michigan Historical Center (SHPO Office)

Neighborhood/Community Development, University of Illinois, Chicago

Planning and Development Specialist, Scott County, IA

Historic Preservation Planner for Historic District Commission, Washtenaw County, MI

Director, Main Street Program, Franklin, MI

Director, Main Street Program, Oxford, MI

Director, Main Street Program, Wayne, MI

Director, Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society, Douglas, MI

Executive Secretary, Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

Executive Director, Detroit Land Bank Authority

Executive Director, Franklin Main Street Program, Franklin, MI

Executive Director, Main Street Charlevoix

Executive Director, Sault Ste. Marie (MI) Economic Development Corporation

Grants and Partnerships Manager, National Recreation and Park Association, Ashburn, VA

Grants Officer, Detroit Institute of Arts

Grants Officer, Ohio State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

Historian, State Historic Preservation Division, Honolulu, HI

Historic Site Manager for Hilt’s Landing Site, Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon, MI

Planner, Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials, Quincy, IL

Principal, Preservation Forward, LLC

Principal Planner, City of Norfolk, VA

Regional Planner, Department of Transportation, New York City 


Archaeology, Building Technology, and Conservation

Research and Construction Director, Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board, St. Augustine, FL

Architecture and Archeological Supervisor, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, OH

Field Representative, Flood Salvage Program, Midwest Office, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Chicago

Construction Manager, University of Michigan Observatory, Quinn-Evans Architects, Ann Arbor

Project Manager, Ohio Building Restorations, Detroit

Estimator and Project Manager, Ohio Builder Restoration, Detroit

Michigan Director of Marketing, Development, and Technical Services, The International Masonry Institute, Ann Arbor

Site Manager, Christman Co., Lansing, MI

Architectural Conservator, Mount Vernon, VA

Furniture Restoration, Custom Cottage, Grand Rapids, MI

Senior Architect, Progressive AE, Grand Rapids, MI

Senior Project Architect, Soils and Materials Engineers, Grand Rapids, MI

Project Engineer, Christman Company, Lansing/Washington, D.C.

Project Manager, NEPA-Environmental Planning Office, Southeast States Division

Project Manager, Packard Plant Project, Arte Express Detroit, LLC.

Project Supervisor, 2nd Bank of the United States Restoration, Philadelphia, PA

Project Analyst, Brailsford & Dunlavey, Chicago