The Milwaukee Preservation Alliance board announced recently that preservationist and architectural design professional Emelia Rudd has joined the organization as its next executive director.

Rudd has a background in architecture, preservation and non-profit work. Over the years she has worked for the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (now Rethos), Historic Ard Godfrey House, the Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office, the City of Milwaukee Historic Preservation Office, and various architectural firms throughout Milwaukee. Rudd earned her bachelor’s degree in history with an emphasis in business studies from University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, and her masters of architecture with a certificate in historic preservation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“As a primarily volunteer-based organization, it makes us proud to be able to employ staff who dedicate themselves to furthering MPA’s mission as we work to ‘make preservation mainstream’ in Milwaukee,” said MPA board president Peter Zanghi. “Ms. Rudd brings with her a contagious optimism and dedication to the community and fabric of Milwaukee, and her passion for the stories and built history of this city is evident upon first meeting her.”

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