Chesapeake Conservancy’s Director of Programs Featured Speaker at National Preservation Conference

Joanna Ogburn will Serve as Panelist at the PastForward 2014 Conference: preservationSTORY Session 

Annapolis, MD – Joanna Ogburn, director of programs for the Chesapeake Conservancy, will be a panelist at the preservationsSTORY session at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference, PastForward, in Savannah, Ga., November 11-14. Held at the Lucas Theatre at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), TrustLive will be live streamed and virtually attended by people from across the nation and around the globe. More than 2,000 attendees are expected to attend in person, including historic preservationists, architects, city planners, developers, and public and private-sector professionals.

TrustLive brings new voices and new ideas together to focus on the intersections between historic preservation and larger issues including entrepreneurship, climate change, evolving technology and how we engage the next generation of preservation activists. Ms. Ogburn will be part of TrustLive: preservationSTORY, Thurs., Nov. 13, 10:15-11:15 a.m.

“I am thrilled to represent the Chesapeake Conservancy at this important national conference. The invitation recognizes the Conservancy’s efforts on the national level,” Ms. Ogburn said. “Specifically, I will be sharing how the Chesapeake Conservancy uses GIS technology to increase the effectiveness of our work. I will be talking about some of our successes with GIS technology on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and the James River project.”

Ms. Ogburn has extensive experience in stakeholder-driven conservation efforts, and has focused her career on the link between public involvement and land protection. She currently leads the Conservancy’s community-based and large-landscape conservation efforts, including the $6 million Nanticoke River Conservation Corridor initiative, which earned the region a REPI Challenge award. Joanna serves on the Steering Committee for Baltimore Wilderness, an urban conservation initiative, and is a member of the Coordinating Council for the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Joanna ran a county-wide land conservation program in Savannah, Georgia, known as the Chatham County Resource Protection Commission. Joanna has a Masters of Environmental Management (Duke University) and a Bachelors of Science (University of Richmond).

For more information on the PastForward 2014, the National Preservation Conference, visit

The 2014 National Preservation Conference, PastForward, is brought to you by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in collaboration with SCAD: The Savannah College of Art and Design and in partnership with the Historic Savannah Foundation.

Photo: Jeff Allenby