Join Us In Bidding Farewell to Kate Singleton, Executive Director

Dear Preservation Austin Supporter -

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Kate Singleton’s departure as Executive Director of Preservation Austin, effective March 8, 2019. Over the last four and a half years, Kate was instrumental in shaping Preservation Austin’s emphasis on education, outreach and advocacy. During her tenure, Preservation Austin has also made immense strides in support of preservation efforts in Austin: securing additional funding and staff for the City of Austin’s preservation program; Hotel Occupancy Tax fund allocation for preservation and establishment of an Office of Heritage Tourism; strong relationships with the Mayor and City Council; outreach to neighborhoods; and building relationships with a broad constituency across the community.

While we will miss her and her leadership, we wish Kate the best of luck in her new role as the Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Mesa, Arizona. Please join me in thanking Kate for the great contributions she has made to Preservation Austin. We are certainly a better organization as a result of her efforts to advance advocacy, outreach and education, but also because of her friendship. The City of Mesa is lucky to have her.

Over the next few months, we will be conducting a search to find a new Executive Director. During this transition period, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead our organization. We will share the job announcement soon and ask for your help in identifying candidates who can help Preservation Austin continue along this successful trajectory. 

In the interim, the Executive Committee has developed a transition plan to ensure these positive trends and overall operations and programming of the organization continue. In fact, Lindsey Derrington, Preservation Austin’s Programs Director, and our volunteers are already gearing up for the 27th Annual Homes Tour, “Art of the Craftsman Style,” taking place on April 27, 2019. 

On behalf of Preservation Austin, please let us all wish Kate good luck for the future. She will be missed by the staff, Board, members, and partners alike. If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at vmcelwrath@mlrpc.com.


Vanessa McElwrath
President, Board of Directors, Preservation Austin