John Durel is a consultant to museums and cultural organizations nationwide, helping leaders with executive coaching, strategic planning, business planning, and board and staff development. He also serves as the Coordinator of the Seminar for Historical Administration, a leadership development program for emerging leaders in history organizations. Dr. Durel is especially interested in the practice of leadership in museums, and each year works closely with more than thirty museum directors as they strive to advance their organizations. His recent published works include Building a Sustainable Nonprofit Organization, (American Association of Museums, 2010), “Entrepreneurship in Historical Organizations,“ (History News, 2009,) “Curiosity and Discipline: Reflections on the Words of Jim Collins, (Hand to Hand, 2008,) and “A Golden Age for Historic Properties,” written with Anita N. Durel, CFRE (History News, 2007.) He received a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in American History from the University of New Hampshire.
Ned Kaufman Ph. D., is an independent practice offering a wide range of professional services in heritage conservation. Based in New York City since 2001, the firm specializes in projects involving innovative interpretation, program design, research, and policy development with an emphasis on community character, social equity, and sense of place. While retaining the advantages of a small practice, Ned Kaufman is able to manage large multidiciplinary projects by forming project-based partnerships and retaining sub-consultants. Clients include government agencies and neighborhood non-profits, advocacy groups and foundations, law firms and corporations, architects and designers, land trusts and community centers. From 1989 through 2000, Ned Kaufman served as director of historic preservation for the Municipal Art Society of New York. In 1998, he founded Place Matters, a non-profit program to discover and protect places that matter to New York's diverse communities. Before coming to the Municipal Art Society, he taught architectural history at the University of Chicago and Columbia University's Historic Preservation program, and served as a guest curator for the inaugural exhibition of Montreal's Canadian Centre for Architecture. He earned his doctorate at Yale University. In addition to his consulting work, Dr. Kaufman serves as Adjunct Associate Professor in Pratt Institute's Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, which he helped establish in 2003, and as Director of Research and Training Programs at Rafael Vinoly Architects. His essays on heritage and place have been widely published, and Dr. Kaufman is a regular lecturer around the country, as well as in Argentina, Canada, and the U.K.