The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is pleased to announce that Paul Steinke has accepted the position of Executive Director, effective in June. He replaces Caroline Boyce, who plans to establish a consultancy for nonprofit organizations.
“Paul has served on the Alliance Board of Directors for nearly two decades,” said architect Mary Werner DeNadai, FAIA, Alliance Board Chair. “He has been greatly instrumental in cultivating the public’s interest in saving historic structures. His leadership is a natural succession from Caroline, who made extraordinary strides in her tenure.”
In addition to his service on the Alliance Board, Steinke was General Manager of Reading Terminal Market for many years, propelling its growth as one of the nation’s most successful markets; Finance Director for the Center City District; and the first Executive Director of the University City District. Committed to improving the quality of life for Philadelphians, he ran unsuccessfully for City Council in 2015, but succeeded in focusing attention on strategies for economic development and job growth. He holds a degree in Business and Economics from Penn State.
“As one of the nation’s top two or three most historic cities, Philadelphia needs a strong voice for the preservation and re-use of our many important buildings, neighborhoods and streetscapes,” said Steinke. “Renovating and preserving historic buildings strengthens Philadelphia’s distinctive character, revitalizes communities, retains current residents, and attracts new energy into the city. As Executive Director, I look forward to working with community leaders and public officials to raise awareness and appreciation of our historic resources and advocate for their preservation. I’m grateful to Caroline for her economic fearlessness and bold initiatives.”
Boyce leaves the Alliance with a balanced budget; a new, active Young Friends group; a new preservation magazine in Extant; an active preservation easement program; a strong collaborative relationship with Hidden City; and a successful annual Preservation Achievement Awards gala, which will be held this year on June 8th at the Union League. With a career of nonprofit work behind her, she intends to provide interim executive director services, develop strategic alliances, and manage operations for nonprofit organizations in transition.