Meet Our New Trustees

ICOMOS-USA and World Heritage USA would like to thank our outgoing trustees and introduce 4 new trustees to our Board of Directors.

We extend heartfelt thanks to the following trustees for their years of service to ICOMOS-USA: Emily (Yoon Sung) Choi, J.D.; Stephen J. Farneth, FAIA, LEED AP; and Professor Archer St. Clair Harvey, Ph.D. We will miss your guidance and collegiality.

We are proud to introduce the following trustees, newly elected at our annual meeting on December 11, 2023, or joining us late in 2023 to fill vacant terms:

Sylvia Y. Cyrus

Sylvia is the Executive Director of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), a 105-year old organization that leads the vital discussion, dissemination and preservation of Black history and culture. The recipient of numerous awards, Sylvia has formed lasting strategic partnerships with corporate and community leaders who share her vision and dream to preserve black history.


Cynthia MacLeod, MA

Cynthia MacLeod is an architectural historian who retired in 2023 as Superintendent of Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. As Superintendent for 15 years, she cared for the Independence Hall World Heritage Site and associated museum collections. Cindy has also been a member of numerous task forces for projects throughout the National Park Service and internationally, including missions to Poland, France, and Italy, and her experience with partner organizations is deep.


Lynn Meskell, Ph.D.

Lynn Meskell is Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also Richard D. Green Professor of Anthropology in the School of Arts and Sciences, Professor in Historic Preservation at the Weitzman School of Design, and curator in the Middle East and Asia sections at the Penn Museum.  Since 2011, Lynn has conducted an institutional ethnography of UNESCO World Heritage, tracing the politics of governance and sovereignty and the subsequent implications for multilateral diplomacy, international conservation, and heritage rights.

Amber N. Wiley, Ph.D.

Amber N. WileyAmber N. Wiley is a Presidential Associate Professor in Historic Preservation and the inaugural Matt and Erika Nord Director of the Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites (CPCRS) at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design. Her research interests center on the social aspects of design and how it affects urban communities – architecture as a literal and figural structure of power. She focuses on the ways local and national bodies have made the claim for the dominating narrative and collective memory of cities and examines how preservation and public history contribute to the creation and maintenance of the identity and sense of place of a city. Her publications cover African American and African diasporic cultural heritage, urbanism in New Orleans, school design, urban renewal, and preservation.

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