Amy Elliott Bragg
DETROIT — Preservation Detroit, the city’s largest historic preservation organization, welcomes new Executive Director Claire Nowak-Boyd. She reported to her first day of work on Thursday, Feb. 13.
As executive director of Preservation Detroit, Nowak-Boyd will build the organization’s administrative capacity, strengthen its partnerships in the community, and develop philanthropic support.
“We are thrilled to bring Claire on board to help us grow Preservation Detroit,” said Amy Elliott Bragg, president of the Board of Directors. “Her talent, experience, and vision will be a tremendous resource for our membership and for the greater community, and we’re very eager for the challenges we will tackle together.”
Nowak-Boyd brings a deep interest in urban issues and historic preservation to the role. In her hometown of St. Louis, she was a founding member of the North Side Community Benefits Alliance, where she organized with neighbors to preserve the built and social fabric of the threatened Near North Side. She served as Co-Chair of the Mullanphy Emigrant Home Committee of the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, working to stabilize an 1860s building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Claire was also a volunteer with the Building Arts Foundation and a regular voice at Preservation Review Board hearings. For two years, she hosted Drinks & Mortar, a casual networking event for preservationists and architects.
Since moving to Detroit four years ago, Claire has been active and outspoken in favor of alternatives to the widening of I-94 as part of the MOSES Transportation Task Force. She recently graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts urban studies from Wayne State University.
“I’m interested in the ways that the preservation of historic buildings can dovetail with keeping longtime residents and businesses in place as Detroit rebuilds,” Nowak-Boyd said of her angle of interest in the city’s unique preservation challenges. “I am honored for the opportunity to take a leadership role in protecting and advocating for Detroit’s architectural and cultural heritage.”
Nowak-Boyd will report to Preservation Detroit’s Board of Directors. A complete and current list of Preservation Detroit’s board as of February 2014 is included with this release.