President & CEO
Bonnie joined Landmarks Illinois (LI) as its executive leader in 2012. She has imparted her vision to focus on people as the purpose for historic preservation, which led to the branding of LI’s work as “People saving places. For people.” Bonnie’s collaborative leadership, engaging the board, staff, volunteers and members, has resulted in LI’s exponential growth and increased impact. Since 2012, LI has opened its first regional office, nearly doubled its staff, initiated a preservation revolving fund and new grant programs, passed needed policies and state legislation, all while engaging in on-the-ground advocacy helping people save places that matter to them. Previously, she served as executive director of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and the Anoka County (MN) Historical Society, as well as working previously with Preservation Action in Washington, D.C., the Preservation League of New York State, the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office and the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission. She serves on the boards of the National Preservation Partners Network, Glessner House Museum, Hegeler Carus Foundation and the Charnley-Perksy House and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago’s Questions Committee, Lambda Alpha International – Ely Chapter and the Arts Club of Chicago. Bonnie has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History (summa cum laude) from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University.