Introducing PPS’s New Executive Director

Published in Announcements.

A message from Warren Jagger, Board President:

I am excited to share with you the appointment of the Society’s new Executive Director, Marisa Angell Brown. Marisa comes to PPS most recently from Rhode Island School of Design’s Center for Complexity, where she has served as Associate Director since 2022. Prior to her work at RISD, she was at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University, where she taught courses on preservation and heritage practice and led the Center’s academic and public programs. 

Marisa holds a PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from Yale University, an MA in History from the University of Chicago, and a BA from Princeton University. She is an active speaker and writer on preservation history and practice, American architecture, and public art with a longstanding commitment to Providence’s cultural landscapes, histories, and diverse communities. In addition to Brown, she has taught courses on community-centered art and design practices at RISD and on public writing at the Gloria McDonald Women’s Facility (Department of Corrections) through College Unbound.  

Marisa’s outstanding academic background in architectural history and broad understanding of community engaged preservation practice will be invaluable to PPS, and we are fortunate to have a new leader firmly committed to expanding the role of preservation in serving the whole population of Providence.

I want to extend my deepest appreciation to all those who shared their feedback and guidance during our search process. I hope you will join me in welcoming Marisa when she steps into her new role on October 10. 

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