Georgia Trust’s Mark McDonald to take volunteer role with National Trust

By Maria Saporta

Georgia’s own — Mark McDonald — has been elected chair of the National Trust Partners Network, and he will serve as an ex-officio member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s board.

McDonald has been president and CEO of the Georgia Trust since 2008.

According to a release from the Georgia Trust, the Partners Network includes more than 120 state, regional, and local nonprofit organizations, representing the top-tier preservation organizations in the country.

Mark McDonald

These organizations are actively involved in saving and protecting historic places, advocating for preservation-friendly policies, and promoting the economic and social benefits of historic preservation. The network convenes for educational purposes twice a year.

McDonald has more than 25 years of professional involvement in historic preservation and a strong business background. He holds a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in history and English from Emory University and a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. Prior to coming to the Georgia Trust, he served as executive director of three other preservation organizations-Historic Savannah Foundation, the Mobile (Ala.) Historic Development Commission, and Historic Salisbury Foundation (N.C.).

Created in 1973, The Georgia Trust is one of the largest statewide preservation organizations in the country and was a founding member of the National Trust Partners Network when the alliance of nonprofits was formed in 1995.

McDonald will be assisted by vice chair Jennifer Meisner, executive director of the Seattle-based Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.