CPI Staff

Jennifer Orrigo Charles

Executive Director

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Jennifer Orrigo Charles joined Colorado Preservation, Inc in 2014 as CPI’s Endangered Places Program Director and became the organization’s Executive Director in 2016.  Mrs. Charles received a Masters Degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy with a Historic Preservation Concentration from the University of Delaware and a B.S. in Anthropology with an Archaeology concentration from James Madison University.

Prior to moving to Colorado, Mrs. Charles served as the Director of Preservation for the Historic Annapolis Foundation in Annapolis, Maryland. As Director of Preservation Services she worked closely with local governments, nonprofit preservation agencies, and Section 106 Review for the U.S. Naval Academy. In this role she managed preservation easements and provided review and written recommendations on all Historic Preservation Commission applications. Mrs. Charles devised original public programming, walking tours and school programs for the Historic Annapolis Foundation and public programming for the Aurora History Museum in Colorado. She believes strongly in the power of community and grassroots efforts to ensure the future of place preserved for all generations.

Amanda Barker

Events & Development Director

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Amanda Barker joined Colorado Preservation, Inc. as the Events & Development Director in April of 2018. Previously, Amanda worked for more than six years at the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (CCLT), serving in various programmatic roles to include Grant Manager, Programs Director, and Executive Director.  Amanda was responsible for CCLT’s annual Conservation Excellence Conference for land conservation professionals and directed the membership and public policy programs around Colorado’s conservation easement tax credit program.

Amanda has served on the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission since 2016, representing conservation and open space interests. Amanda received a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Earth and Planetary Science and Modern Dance from Washington University in St. Louis. Amanda believes in the power of community and passionate individuals to drive the preservation movement that will benefit Colorado for generations to come.

Kim Grant

Endangered Places Program Director

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Kim Grant was appointed the Endangered Places Program Director in May 2017. Mr. Grant received a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Wichita State University in 1989 and a B.A. in History from Fort Hays State University in 1980. He has over forty years’ experience in teaching, state and local government service, and non-profit development and management.

Mr. Grant formerly worked for the Kansas Main Street Program, Denver Public Library, Lower Downtown (Lodo) District, Inc., Historic Denver, Inc., City of Arvada and the Arvada Historical Society. He is an accomplished free lance writer and public speaker. He particularly enjoys traveling the state of Colorado and meeting and working with people on their challenging preservation projects. He believes that the key to successful preservation efforts lies in sound planning, strong community support, and the ability to communicate the benefits of project implementation to funders and stakeholders.

Kate McCoy

Preservation Services Director

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Kate McCoy joined Colorado Preservation, Inc. in March 2022 as Preservation Services Director. She received a PhD in Cultural Foundations of Education in 1995, a Masters of Arts in Foreign Language Education in 1991, and a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1985–all from The Ohio State University. For the past five years, she has served as Executive Co-Director of North London Mill Preservation, Inc., a Colorado nonprofit working to rehabilitate the historic North London Mill site in Mosquito Gulch outside Alma, Colorado for backcountry recreation, education, and the arts and sciences. Dr. McCoy was Associate Professor of Educational Foundations at State University of New York at New Paltz for 16 years, teaching courses in US History and research methods.

Dr. McCoy is an avid hiker, skier, and musician, who loves traveling all over Colorado to learn of its historical and community resources. She is dedicated to working closely with individuals and communities to realize their visions of what historic preservation in their settings can mean for the future.



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Featured Project

Preservation for a Changing Colorado

Historic preservation has a direct economic benefit to communities and Colorado! Take a look at the 2017 study, which considered the ways adaption of historic places has a direct financial effect on the state.

This updated, most resent study, was the result of a partnership between Colorado Preservation, Inc and History Colorado, funded by a grant from History Colorado's State Historical Fund. Prepared by Clarion Associates, the new report document the economic benefits of rehabilitation projects, analyzes property values and neighborhood stability in local historic districts, and summarizes the increasing impact of heritage tourism, private preservation development and the success of Colorado’s Main Street program.

In a key finding, researchers determined that for every $1 million spent on historic preservation in Colorado it produced $1.03 million in additional spending, 14 new jobs, and $636,700 in increased household incomes across the state!

The 2017 report also considers the important role preservation plays in helping Coloradans provide new spaces for creative communities and co-working, create and sustain meaningful places, responds to the state’s changing demographics, and addresses climate concerns.

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