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Feb. 3 - Mark C. McDonald named one of Georgia Trend's 2020 Notable Georgians

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 3, 2020 - Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation President and CEO Mark C. McDonald has been named to Georgia Trend magazine’s 2020 list of Notable Georgians. This is the third time that McDonald has made the list that “represents the best qualities of leadership, power, character and influence the state has to offer." McDonald was recognized along with other Notable Georgians and Most Influential Georgians during a luncheon on Jan. 28.

Mark C. McDonald has served as President and CEO of the Georgia Trust since June 2008. Since that time, the Georgia Trust has undertaken a $2.3 million capital campaign to fund a sustainable rehabilitation of its Atlanta headquarters, Rhodes Hall; created the country's first green building certification program for historic buildings; and established the West Atlanta Preservation Initiative, the sustainable rehabilitation of two historic Beltline properties in West Atlanta that will be sold as affordable housing.

McDonald has over 30 years of professional involvement in historic preservation and a strong business background. He received 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. 

Previously, McDonald served as executive director for three preservation organizations in the Southeast, including the Historic Salisbury Foundation in North Carolina from 1986-1990, the Mobile Historic Development Commission in Mobile, Alabama from 1990-1998, and Historic Savannah Foundation from 1998-2008. During his tenure at Historic Savannah Foundation, the organization became a strong advocate for quality urban design; reinvigorated its revolving fund program by selling nearly 75 endangered properties with preservation easements, building the fund’s capital from $30,000 to approximately $1 million; and helped gain architectural design review in three historic districts.

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