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.

Katie Peterson

Endangered Places Program Director

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Katie Peterson was hired as the Endangered Places Program Director in December 2022. Katie received her B.A. in History and Anthropology from Adams State University in 2019. She is currently working on her M.A. in US History.

As a sixth-generation Bent County resident, Katie is dedicated to highlighting and preserving the state’s many cultural and historical resources. She formerly worked for Boggsville Historic Site, Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center, and Metcalf Archaeology/ FactorEarth. As a former social studies educator, Katie is passionate about helping communities recognize the benefits of historic preservation and incorporating this vision into their future.

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.

Amanda Barker

Events and Development Program

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Amanda Barker joined Colorado Preservation, Inc. to run the Events & Development program in 2018. From 2011 to 2018, she worked in land conservation advocacy at Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (CCLT) in various roles, including Executive Director. Amanda is passionate about accessing and telling the story of our state’s beauty and wonder. She was invited to serve on the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission from 2016 to 2021. She is a proud returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Madagascar from 2005 to 2008. Amanda has an M.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. 



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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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