Rebecca Miller is the Executive Director of the DC Preservation League. She holds a B.A. in History and a Master’s in Business Administration and has been with DCPL since 2003. In addition to supervising the day-to-day operations of DCPL, Rebecca represents the organization as a consulting party on Section 106 issues such as the consolidation of the Department of Homeland Security at the National Historic Landmark St. Elizabeths Hospital West Campus, Union Station, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She has also successfully advocated for funding for the restoration of the DC World War I Memorial on the National Mall, and led the organization in pursuing the protection of dozens of individual landmarks and historic districts throughout Washington. Rebecca frequently provides testimony on behalf of DCPL on historic preservation issues before the DC Council, the DC Historic Preservation Review Board, the Commission on Fine Arts, and the National Capital Planning Commission. She also serves as a juror for the annual District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation.
Kelli Knox, DC Preservation League’s Director of Development oversees partnerships with individual donors and foundations, and helps promote membership at all levels. Prior to joining DCPL in August 2016, Kelli worked for eight years as Deputy Director of Development at the Center for Science in the Public Interest—a public health organization that works to promote a safe, healthy food supply. She’s also worked at the National Endowment for the Arts and The Choral Arts Society of Washington. Kelli holds a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) from James Madison University and a Master of Arts (Arts Administration) from The Florida State University.
Melyssa Laureano is the DC Preservation League’s Programs Manager. She administers the bulk of the organization’s educational programming and serves as staff lead for DCPL’s Education Committee, where she collaborates with committee volunteers to organize educational activities about historic preservation in DC. She also manages DCPL’s social media presence. Previously, Melyssa was DCPL’s 2018-2019 Graduate Fellow. Before her time with DCPL, she worked as a Public Programs Facilitator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and lead tours as a Museum Program Associate at President Lincoln’s Cottage. She holds an M.A. in Public History from American University, B.A.’s in History and Secondary Education from Wilkes University, and an A.S. in Social Science from Luzerne County Community College.
Zachary Burt is the Community Outreach and Grants Manager for the DC Preservation League. He is the staff liaison for the Landmarks Committee and the Government Affairs Committee, and works with the Historic Districts Coalition. In addition to his work on historic landmark nominations, Zach manages DCPL’s Preservation Initiatives Grant Program and the DC Historic Sites website and cellular phone app. Prior to DCPL, Zach worked in government relations at a professional association. He holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Utah and an M.A. in Historic Preservation from Goucher College. Zach is passionate about DC’s rich history, culture, and architecture, and loves exploring the city’s many neighborhoods.
Fontana Micucci is the 2022-23 Public History Fellow for the DC Preservation League. Her work includes content creation and continued maintenance of the DC Historic Sites app/website, as well as assisting with DCPL events and programs. While Fontana is still relatively new to the historic preservation community, she has previous experience working in the Education department at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, as well as in the Digital Media department for WETA’s Boundary Stones website. She currently attends American University as a second-year Public History Master’s student with a research interest in cultural history, specifically fashion history and media culture. Prior to her studies at American University, Fontana completed her Bachelor’s degrees in English and History from Washington & Jefferson College.