The very places that convey great achievements, the passage of time, and the stability of culture are frequently proving fragile against the backdrop of natural disaster, warfare, and civil and religious conflict. Join WMF for an evening of discovery about these struggles and efforts to protect and conserve these magnificent records of cultural history.
Lisa Ackerman was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of World Monuments Fund in 2007. Previously Ms. Ackerman served as Executive Vice President of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Ms. Ackerman holds a B.A. from Middlebury College, an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute, and an M.B.A. from New York University. Ms. Ackerman serves on the boards of Historic House Trust of New York City, New York Preservation Archive Project, and US/ICOMOS. In 2007 she received the Historic District Council's Landmarks Lion award and in 2008, Ms. Ackerman was named the first recipient of the US/ICOMOS Ann Webster Smith Award for International Heritage Achievement.
Lisa Ackerman, Executive Vice President of The World Monuments Fund, recalls how the current Syrian civil crisis has caused catastrophic destruction to the old city Aleppo and left its antiquities in the hands of looters.