Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Executive Director to Step Down in June

Will O’Keefe
Communication and Programs Coordinator
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May 9, 2012


Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Executive Director to Step Down in June
Bonnie McDonald resigns position to accept Illinois opportunity

(St. Paul, MN – May 9, 2012) – The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (“PAM”) announced today that Executive Director, Bonnie McDonald, has resigned and will transition from her leadership role with PAM in June of 2012 when she will join Landmarks Illinois as its President. Bonnie was hired as Executive Director in November of 2005, then the organization’s only paid staff member, where she has since grown PAM to four staff and five times the budget.

Bonnie’s leadership has been fundamental to the growth of PAM. Her knowledge, dedication, and unwavering commitment to preservation advocacy have been inspirational to the staff, the Board of Directors and the community. Bonnie’s energy and focus on growing the programs at PAM were critical to its emergence as the statewide leader in preservation initiatives. Under her tenure, PAM successfully led the effort to pass the state’s historic rehabilitation tax credit, hired staff dedicated to preservation outreach and technical services, re-established the state’s Main Street program, and raised the profile of the state’s historic preservation movement through engaging collaborations, publications, tours, and events.

PAM’s board is taking the next step to develop a transition strategy that will continue the organization’s core administrative and programmatic work through an interim leadership period. A board task force has been formed to develop and implement a hiring plan to find an equally strong candidate for PAM’s next Executive Director who will support its strategic vision. This vision includes continuing its legislative advocacy and growing Main Street Programs as local economic engines, while launching our new Sites Worth Saving and real estate programs. Position information will be forthcoming in late summer.

The PAM Board of Directors and staff wish Bonnie great success in her new position. Preservationists statewide are encouraged to attend PAM’s (Anti)Wrecking Ball on Friday, May 18, at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis to join us in toasting Bonnie’s leadership and accomplishments. The event is free, but attendees are encouraged to pre-register online at

About the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is the only statewide, private, non-profit organization advocating for the preservation of Minnesota’s historic resources. PAM was established in 1981 by citizens concerned about the loss of irreplaceable segments of our state’s heritage: structures, neighborhoods, community fabric.


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