After a rigorous search to fill the position of Executive Director of The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, we have selected Seri Worden to lead the Foundation into what promises to be an exciting new period of development. In 2013, under Ms. Wordens leadership, the Foundation will hold a national symposium on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. The event will engage non- traditional preservationists in a conversation about their work.
The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, founded in 1988, was established to recognize the unique contribution of Dr. Fitch to the field of historic preservation in the United States. James Marston Fitch founded the first formal historic preservation program in the United States with Charles Peterson at Columbia Universitys School of Architecture in the 1960s and was a pioneer in the field of historic preservation within the United States. The Foundation honors Dr. Fitchs legacy through a research grant program, as well as publications, seminars and lectures that support and advance the study and practice of preservation in the United States.
Seri Worden is a cultural heritage consultant for non-profit organizations, institutions and foundations. Most recently, Seri served as project manager for Partners in Preservation- New York City, a joint effort by the American Express Foundation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in which 40 NYC historic sites competed for $3 million dollars in funding. Previously, Seri was Executive Director of Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, where she led the largest growth in the organizations history. Seri has collaborated on projects with groups including The New York Landmarks Conservancy, The New York Preservation Archive Project and NJIT Center for Architecture and Building Science Research. Her international work ranges from studies of the ancient past with the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii to working with an international team documenting Modern architecture in Argentina. Seri earned a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and a degree in Art History from Boston University. She has been widely interviewed as a leader and expert on cultural heritage issues by NY1, NPR, The New York Times, The New Yorker, UK Guardian and many more media outlets.
The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation wishes to thank Liz McEnaney who servedas our ExecutiveDirectorsince 2010. We will miss Lizs good help to the Foundation and wish her our very best in her new endeavors.