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State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO)

On September 20, 2012, Governor Brown appointed Carol Roland-Nawi to serve as California's State Historic Preservation Officer. She assumed her new duties in November 2012.

The SHPO is responsible for the operation and management of the Office of Historic Preservation, as well as long range preservation planning. The Governor appoints the SHPO, in consultation with the State Historical Resources Commission and the Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

The SHPO assists the Commission in accomplishing its goals and duties by developing and administering a program of public information, education, training, and technical assistance. The SHPO also serves as Executive Secretary to the Commission and is responsible for developing an administrative framework for the Commission and implementing the Commission's preservation programs and priorities.

From the SHPO

Carol Roland-Nawi, SHPO

My thirty-five years of work in historic preservation have given me a deep appreciation of the importance of the state's past and its tangible manifestations in the current cultural landscape. As the most diverse state (demographically, naturally, and culturally) in an increasingly diverse country, we have not only a rich architectural heritage, but a wide array of buildings and sites that speak to the many strands of our history and the people who make California what it is today. National and California Register nominations such as Chicano Park in San Diego, and Frank Gehry's Aerospace Museum in Los Angeles exemplify California's pioneering efforts in recognizing Chicano culture, the recent past, and taking leadership in architectural Modernism. Nominations like these place California in the forefront of preservation.

Also moving California forward on the preservation front is the Statewide Preservation Plan, Sustainable Preservation: California's Statewide Historic Preservation Plan 2013-2017. The OHP is taking the lead on implementing this bold vision for the future of preservation as we reaffirm our core mission, explore new initiatives and fields of endeavor, and strengthen our relationships with non-profit, tribal, archaeological, and government partners. I am delighted to be working with knowledgeable and highly skilled staff, the type of team most agency heads only dream about.

I personally invite you to join us in dialogue and in action as our goals and initiatives move forward. To the extent that we all work together to enhance preservation throughout California, I feel confident that the coming years will be exciting, challenging, and successful!

Professional Background

Prior to assuming her duties as SHPO, Dr. Roland-Nawi held the position of senior historian and project manager at the environmental consulting firm of Mead & Hunt Inc. Before that she was the principal of Roland-Nawi Associates from 2003 to 2009.

She served as senior environmental planner at the California Department of Transportation from 2001 to 2003 and state historian II at the State Office of Historic Preservation from 1983 to 2001. 

 A member of the California Preservation Foundation (CPF) since 1991, Dr. Roland-Nawi  served as CPF president from 2005 to 2007. She also holds membership in the National Trust for Historic Preservation (since 1995) and was a board member of Sacramento Heritage Inc. from 1995 to 1999.