New Executive Director, Kate Singleton
Singleton brings 30 years of historic preservation and downtown revitalization to her new post.
We have ended our months-long, nationwide search for a new executive director with the announcement today of new hire, Kate Singleton. Singleton replaces Jacqui Schraad, who held the position for ten years and moved on to her new position as Executive Director of the Texas State History Museum Foundation this past May.
Singleton joins the organization with over 30 years of experience in historic preservation, downtown revitalization and economic and community development. She has served as Chief Preservation Planner for the City of Dallas, Planning Manager for Downtown Dallas, Inc. and State Coordinator of the Arizona Main Street program as well as Main Street Manager in Waxahachie and Grapevine.
“I am excited to begin in my new position at Preservation Austin,” says Kate Singleton. “Austin has a rich history and I look forward to working with the board, community, neighborhoods, members of Preservation Austin, elected officials, and city staff in this new role.”
In addition to her extensive roles in leadership, Singleton has written design guidelines for several of the historic districts both commercial and residential in Dallas and Plano. She has also written preservation ordinances for cities as well as revisions for the Dallas and Plano preservation ordinances. Singleton was instrumental in the development of the highly successful City of Dallas Historic Tax Incentive Program and wrote amendments to the Dallas building code, some of which were codified into the International Existing Building Code. Kate has also completed over $150 million in Federal Historic Tax Credit projects.
"With the addition of Kate Singleton as our new Executive Director, we will continue the ever important work of ‘Saving the Good Stuff’ of Austin,” says Board President Shelly Hemingson. “With Austin's explosive growth, now is the time for Preservation Austin to be a resource to the community, City of Austin officials and homeowners to assist them in restoring and keeping Austin's historical fabric that makes the city so special."