Mark Wolfe


Mark Wolfe practiced law in Oregon for several years before moving to Vermont to get a master's degree in Historic Preservation. He worked for the City of Deadwood, South Dakota as City Planner and Historic Preservation Officer for six years, and then moved to Colorado where he spent twelve years managing the State Historical Fund, the nation’s largest state-based general grants program for historic preservation. For nine of those years, he also served as Colorado’s Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer.

He relocated to Austin in August of 2008 to work for the Texas Historical Commission and became the agency’s Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer in September of 2009. He retired from that position after 15 years of service to the people of Texas. He formerly served as President of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO), the professional association of State government officials who carry out the national historic preservation program as delegates of the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.  As President of NCSHPO he served on the board of directors of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the federal agency that advises the President and Congress on matters related to historic preservation.


  • BA University of Oregon, English Lit.
  • JD University of Oregon School of Law
  • MS University of Vermont, Historic Preservation
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  • Preservation Administration
  • Architectural History

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