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Nancy Finegood to retire from Michigan Historic Preservation Network after 17 years as Executive Director

Lansing, MI September 10, 2018  
For Immediate Release 

Nancy Finegood, the Executive Director of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) will retire from the organization in March of 2019. The MHPN Board of Directors is seeking a new Executive Director to fill the position upon Finegood’s retirement.

Finegood has served in the role since 2002. During her time as Executive Director, the organization has grown to a staff of 8 full and part time employees. She has spearheaded several initiatives now fundamental to the organization’s programming. Most notably, she has been instrumental in the development of MHPN’s partnership in historic tax credits for rehabilitation projects, a statewide preservation easement program, the hiring of preservation field staff support to communities statewide, and numerous local community revitalization initiatives throughout the state. During her tenure, the organization has grown to be recognized nationally as a leader in advocating for historic places through innovative programming and partnerships.

More recently, Finegood positioned MHPN to invest in property redevelopment through the renovation of a historic train station in Lansing’s Old Town district as the organization’s office, as well as the renovation of a home in Detroit’s Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood. After many years of organizing skilled trades workshops statewide, she led the development of the Living Trades Academy, an intensive skilled trades program that taught unemployed and underemployed Detroiters traditional building trades in Detroit’s North End neighborhood. In addition, Finegood has been a leader in numerous successful advocacy campaigns for historic properties at the federal and state level, including the organization’s current support of the Michigan Historic Preservation Tax Credit to reinstate the low-cost, high-return program that assisted owners of Michigan’s historic properties from 1999 – 2011.

“I am honored to have served an organization with such commitment to Michigan communities. I want to thank my staff, board, and MHPN’s valued partners and members for their tireless hard work and support,” said Finegood. “They have each made the last 17 years rewarding in so many ways. I look forward to working with my successor to ensure a smooth and successful transition.”

“We celebrate Nancy’s accomplishments while leading MHPN,” said Denise McGeen, board President of MHPN. “She has not only grown the organization, but solidified its reputation in communities and on the national stage as a leader in providing advocacy, expertise, and support to owners and lovers of historic places. The organization has benefited in countless ways from having such a strong leader for so many years. Nancy has been a joy to work with and a mentor to many. On behalf of the board, I wish her all the best in her retirement.”

Finegood is a Michigan native who, prior to joining MHPN, was the executive director of the St. Croix Landmarks Society in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She was also a partner in a Caribbean kayaking tour company. She graduated from Wayne State University with a BA in secondary education, where she also earned an MBA with an accounting concentration.

The MHPN Board of Directors has formed a search committee to identify a new Executive Director. Individuals interested in the position can find the job posting here.

Founded in 1981, MHPN is Michigan’s largest membership organization in the state dedicated to recognizing and preserving Michigan’s rich cultural and architectural heritage. The organization advocates for Michigan’s historic places to contribute to our economic vitality, sense of place, and connection to the past. This is accomplished through education, outreach, and advocacy assistance to local residents and business owners, preservation organizations, policymakers, and elected officials throughout the state.