Lindsey Derrington Named Preservation Austin’s Newest Executive Director

Upon completing a nationwide search, Lindsey Derrington has been named as the newest Preservation Austin Executive Director.

Derrington has provided leadership to Preservation Austin in her role as Programs Director for the past four years and brings a wealth of knowledge from her past preservation work in St. Louis, Missouri, and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Vanessa McElwrath, President of the Board of Directors, praised Derrington for her dedication, energy, and innovative vision, guiding the organization through a major property purchase, legislative issues, and a multitude of educational programming.

Derrington earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis before earning a Master of Preservation Studies degree from Tulane’s School of Architecture. 

“Over my past four years with this organization I’ve been blown away by all the passionate, dedicated people who are committed to the same ideal – that preserving Austin’s heritage makes this city a more interesting, equitable, and fulfilling place to call home,” said Derrington. “Preservation Austin was founded 66 years ago and I believe, more than anything, that our voice is more important now than ever as we help shape the city we want to be.”

Derrington will be responsible for the professional management of Preservation Austin, providing overall leadership for strategic plan implementation, organizational development, financial oversight and operations, fundraising, event and volunteer management, advocacy, educational programs, and marketing and communications.

Preservation Austin, founded in 1953, is Austin’s leading nonprofit organization for historic preservation. The organization is comprised of more than 800 members and a network of partnerships with other like-minded non-profits working to enhance our quality of life through the built environment.

Preservation Austin’s advocacy and financial support have helped save hundreds of properties citywide, from modest homes that make up the fabric of our historic neighborhoods to iconic landmarks such as the Driskill Hotel, Paramount Theatre, Governor’s Mansion, and Laguna Gloria. Its mission is to promote Austin’s diverse cultural heritage through the preservation of historic places.