Keynote Speakers

Ms. Linda Dishman has served as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Conservancy since 1992, a non-profit preservation organization of over 8,500 members. During her tenure the Conservancy has tripled its budget and doubled its membership to become the largest local preservation organization in the country. With a staff of thirteen, the organization works to save historic buildings and neighborhoods through "action, assistance and awareness". Prior to coming to the Conservancy, she worked at the National Park Service, the City of Pasadena and at the California Office of Historic Preservation. She has served on the on the Board of Advisors for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and on the boards of the California Preservation Foundation and the Southern California Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Dr. Anthea Hartig directs the National Trust's western office, covering the region's eight states and Pacific territories. She holds a Ph.D. and Master's Degree from U. C. Riverside, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA. As a third generation Californian, Anthea's interest in its historic built environment has come to define her professional and advocational life. Prior to coming to the Trust, she was an Assistant Professor of History at La Sierra University in Riverside, and taught graduate preservation classes at U.C. Riverside. She served as a preservation planner for over a decade, most recently at the Senior Planner level for the City of Riverside, and owned a cultural resources consulting firm. She has served on many local, statewide and national history-related non-profit foundations' boards of directors, including the California Preservation Foundation and the California Council for the Promotion of History, and has published in both academic and professional journals. She had the honor of chairing the California State Historical Resources Commission from 2001-2005 and is at work on a book focusing on the historic citrus landscape of Southern California and another on preservation history, practice and law in California. Anthea lives in San Mateo with her husband and two boys.


Presentation on Japantown Research

Dr. Gail Dubrow is the Graduate School Dean and Vice Provost of the University of Minnesota. During the 2003-04 year she served as a fellow of the American Council on Education. She has produced two award-winning books, "Sento at Sixth and Main," (co-authored by Ms. Donna Graves) and "Restoring Women's History Through Historic Preservation."

Ms. Donna Graves is an arts and cultural planning consultant, who has authored the book "Sento at Sixth and Main" with Dr. Gail Dubrow and "Tending the Home Front: Women on the West Coast During World War II". She has served as Director of the Rosie the Riveter Memorial: Honoring American Women's Labor During World War II as well as Executive Director of Power of Place, Los Angeles, an innovative collaboration of projects by historians, designers and artists.