Our Staff

Lorna Nowvé
Interim Executive Director
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Lorna worked at the Municipal Art Society (MAS) when the Historic Districts Council was a committee of the organization. Her work at MAS included the fight to save Grand Central and the establishment of  the Upper East Side Historic District. As the Associate Director of the Bryant Park Restoration  Corporation, she was part of the team that developed and won approval for the plan to revitalize  the park. She is an acclaimed member of the New York film and television community, producing  films and documentaries and working on the production staffs of countless projects. Her multi faceted career also includes leadership roles in the Asian American Film Lab, the Nantucket Film Festival, and the New York Preservation Archive Project’s Preservation Film Festival. Lorna is a native New Yorker who grew up in the Bronx and now resides on the Upper West Side.


 

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.


Kathie Brill
Preservation & Advocacy Associate
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Kathie is a Brooklyn native who is passionate about the built environment and public policy. She has an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in City Planning. With a background in architecture, non-profit programming and historic preservation, Kathie is enthusiastic about the power of cultural resources and the role they play in urban development. She currently works at a Business Improvement District in East Williamsburg managing community outreach and neighborhood development. As a Preservationist and Planner, she is excited to get back into the realm of preservation and support HDC in their mission of advocacy and education for the historic built environment, and the communities it is inextricably linked to.


Helen Freeman
Development Manager
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Helen Freeman is the Historic Districts Council’s Development Manager, 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.