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 2013.
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.
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.
SHPO Wayne Donaldson Retires
M. Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, retired from his position as State Historic Preservation Officer as of September 28, 2012.
Donaldson will continue to serve out his term as chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and be involved in historic preservation activities in California.
Mr. Donaldson can be reached through Twila Willis- Hunter at 916-445-7052