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Published on August 31st, 2016 |

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Buckhead Heritage names Carmie McDonald its new executive director

Following a thorough interview process of a strong pool of candidates, the board of Buckhead Heritage Society has named Carmie McDonald as the nonprofit organization’s new executive director, replacing Erica Danylchak, who left the post recently to pursue a career in publishing.

Carmie McDonald

Carmie McDonald

“McDonald brings a strong academic background in history and in preservation, having earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Georgia State University and dual master’s degrees in Historic Preservation and Architectural History from the Savannah College of Art and Design,” said Buckhead Heritage President James Ottley.

After graduating from both schools with high honors, she subsequently added a certificate of Non Profit Fund Development from The University of Richmond, he added.

McDonald launched her professional career with the Historic Savannah Foundation, which is Georgia’s oldest non-profit preservation organization.  While there, she raised the funds for and led the efforts to publish Historic Savannah, a survey book of Savannah’s historic districts.

In 2008, McDonald joined the Fox Theatre Institute, where she served various roles in sharing the preservation story of the Fox with the community and in raising funds to ensure that the landmark remains one of Atlanta’s notable gems.

Her roles at the Fox included program manager, community engagement manage and, most recently, Fox Theatre Institute director.  One of her achievements was growing the Friends of the Fox membership program’s revenues from $13,000 a year to over $100,000 in three years.

“McDonald  will lead and grow Buckhead Heritage’s ability to identify, preserve, and promote the community’s historic resources through such efforts as educational events, the oral history program, preservation efforts, Holiday House celebrations, as well as the long term implementation of the award winning Buckhead Storylines interpretive program,” Ottley explained.

McDonald’s first day at Buckhead Heritage will be Sept. 26.

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