Following a six-month national search, the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans has selected Danielle Del Sol to lead the historic preservation and economic development organization.
Del Sol is an alumna of the Tulane School of Architecture Master of Preservation Studies program and currently teaches as an adjunct lecturer.
Before her selection, Del Sol was editor of the PRC’s acclaimed and award-winning Preservation in Print magazine. She joined the publication as an intern in 2010 while pursuing her master’s degree at Tulane School of Architecture.
She assumes her new duties now as only the fourth executive director in the nonprofit’s 44-year history, succeeding Patricia Gay, who retired last summer after nearly four decades leading the organization.
PRC Board President Graham M. Ralston said the PRC’s reputation attracted the interest of many strong candidates nationally, but “Del Sol’s ‘vision and passion’ for both the PRC and New Orleans were ultimately key deciding factors in her selection.”
Del Sol said she recognizes that her new duties begin at an auspicious time. “As we celebrate the city’s 300th anniversary, we have the opportunity to explain the changing roles in which historic preservation will help address vital community needs such as affordable housing, quality of life and disaster resilience – and we will work hard to encourage and sponsor dialogue amongst diverse groups of the city’s residents.
“Preservation offers distinctive approaches to these problems that can help our city leaders find the best, most well-rounded and holistic answers,” said Del Sol. “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to lead PRC at this milestone juncture in the city’s history.”