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A founder and past President of CPI, Roxanne Eflin brings 32 years of leadership and experience in historic preservation, downtown revitalization and nonprofit management to the organization. She returned in 2014 to her home state following 17 years of statewide work in Maine. While there she vigorously led and expanded Maine Preservation and the Maine Downtown Center, launched numerous innovative place-based programs including Healthy Maine Streets and Green Downtowns, co-led a successful effort to overhaul and expand the state historic tax credit legislation and helped achieve a National Preservation Award to endow and secure the future of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, a National Historic Landmark.
Inspiration for her life work in this field first came through the National Main Street Program when she served as Main Street Program Manager in Manitou Springs, Colorado – one of the original 30 demonstration cities in the national program. While in Manitou Springs, she served on the local Historic Preservation Commission and Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Citizens Advisory Council. She went on to serve as Historic Preservation Officer in both Aspen and Pitkin County and in Central City, Coloado before launching her consulting business, Preservation Planning Associates.
She holds a BS in Public Administration and a Masters in Urban Planning and Historic Preservation and is a graduate of Leadership Maine, the National Trust’s Preservation Leadership Academy I and II, and is a Certified International Tour Manager. She has held Board positions on the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, Preservation Action, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs (founding board member), Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission, three historical societies and the Aspen Historic Trust, which she co-founded. She is a successful grant writer, securing over $5 million in grants, and has been honored for her nonprofit leadership and preservation advocacy efforts. She is a frequent presenter at national, statewide, regional and local conferences and training workshops and is a published poet and author.
Roxanne grew up in Littleton and is currently residing in Colorado Springs. A passionate preservationist, she and her husband are avid heritage tourists and love exploring historic places – especially vibrant downtowns and village centers!
A favorite quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead