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Executive Director & C.E.O.
Funi Burdick assumed responsibility as Executive Director and C.E.O. of the Preservation Trust in 2017. Prior to joining the Trust, Ms. Burdick led the National Historic Landmark of Canterbury Shaker Village as Executive Director and CEO where for eight years she envisioned and successfully implemented a series of new programs and strategic partnerships to carry the organization forward into a new era of visionary potential, public interest, and lasting stewardship. Her experience and knowledge of leading heritage organizations is extensive and includes cultural landscape and building preservation, innovative programming, business and community partnerships, finance and operations management, grant writing and philanthropy. Her leadership spans over two decades, and includes work as Executive Director of the American Independence Museum in Exeter, New Hampshire and as Director of Education at Strawberry Banke Museum, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She is well known among museum professionals in the Northeast as an effective leader, an inspiring speaker, and a proven asset to any organization she gets behind. Funi is passionate about the preservation and legacy of historic buildings and landscapes, and connecting the value each holds to both their community and American culture.
An architect by training, specializing in historic buildings and restoration, Funi’s professional education has given her a leading edge in managing complex collections of historic properties. Her background in design, architecture and art/architecture history has provided her with the knowledge and training to lead building restorations, site development, public programming and collections initiatives with the highest ethical and professional best practices as advocated by the museum community.
Funi’s mission is clear – it is not enough to simply maintain these invaluable collections – she is committed to exploring how to leverage these assets to generate new vitality for the organization, reprogramming these spaces and structures to build new relationships with inside and outside constituencies and to deepen the mission statement through an advanced expression of its core values in the most tangible terms.
Funi Burdick was awarded a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Architectural History from Hampshire College.