Our Staff

Frampton Tolbert 
Executive Director
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Frampton is Executive Director of the Historic Districts Council. He is a New York City-based preservationist and non-profit management leader, with extensive experience in historic preservation advocacy and community outreach, fundraising, communications, and a deep knowledge of New York’s architectural and cultural history. He previously served as HDC’s Deputy Director from 2005-2014.

Tolbert graduated with a BA in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington, and has held positions at the Center for Urban Pedagogy, Brooklyn Museum, and the Phillips Collection.

He has received a New York State Council on the Arts grant and a James Marston Fitch Foundation Fellowship for his work examining vernacular modernism in the borough of Queens, and currently serves on several boards including Docomomo New York/Tri-State and the Victorian Society in America. He lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn and serves on the board of the Society for Clinton Hill.


Michelle Arbulu
Director of Communications and Programs
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Michelle Arbulu is the Historic Districts Council’s Director of Communications and Programs, and has been with the organization since 2009, when she began as a volunteer researching historic districts in the Bronx. Ms. Arbulu is responsible for both in-house and outreach communications, and disseminates hard news, action alerts, policy statements, white papers, and programming support.

Ms. Arbulu manages the Historic Districts Council’s online presence, and helps coordinate the organization’s extensive website, e-mail, and social media content. In addition, she oversees the creation and production of printed matter for the Council’s activism and special events.

Ms. Arbulu is also responsible for all of the Historic Districts Council’s free and fundraising events and programs.

Ms. Arbulu attended the University of Mary Washington, where she studied Historic Preservation. She also took classes in Historic Preservation at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen in New York City.

Born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Ms. Arbulu lives near the Jackson Heights Historic District.

Helen Freeman
Director of Development 
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Helen Freeman is the Historic Districts Council’s Director of Development, a position she has held since 2019. She is responsible for HDC’s development efforts for corporate, foundation, public and individual giving, including fundraising campaigns, grant writing and reporting, and events.

Ms. Freeman attended Bryn Mawr College, where she studied Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology and Anthropology. She also holds a Master’s Degree in History of Decorative Art from the Bard Graduate Center on the Upper West Side. Prior to joining HDC, she managed the membership program for The Frick Collection for over ten years.

A long-time New York City resident, Ms. Freeman lives in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan.

Diego Robayo
Public Relations Specialist for Hispanic Communities
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Mr. Robayo is responsible for helping NYC’s Spanish-speaking communities preserve the historic elements of their built environment. He is originally from Colombia.