Brenda Barrett, Adjunct Faculty
Brenda Barrett is the founding editor of the Living Landscape Observer an online web site and blog that provides information and commentary on the emerging field of landscape scale conservation, historic preservation, and sustainable communities. For the past five years, the Living Landscape Observer has published a monthly newsletter with over 2000 subscribers from around the globe. She writes and lectures nationally and internationally on collaborative conservation, heritage development, and cultural landscapes.
She has over thirty years of experience leading governmental conservation and historic preservation programs. Her career began in the U.S. National Park Service in the National Register of Historic Places. For the next twenty years, she directed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Historic Preservation. Returning to the National Park Service in 2000, she was named the National Coordinator for Heritage Areas based in Washington DC. From 2007 to 2011 she served as the Bureau Director for Recreation and Conservation at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Currently, she is a board member of US/ICOMOS and an expert member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes. She leads initiatives such as the Cultural Landscape Knowledge Exchange and provides assistance world heritage listings and inscriptions. Her other volunteer service is on the Executive Council of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks with a focus on policy issues related to partnership and landscape scale conservation.
A graduate of the University of Colorado in Anthropology, she received her Master’s Degree in Archaeology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her law degree from the Dickinson School of Law.