The U.S. Senate voted by unanimous consent on December 22, 2022, to confirm Professor Sara C. Bronin as chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), following her nomination by President Joe Biden. Once sworn in, Bronin will lead the ACHP, which advises the president and Congress on decisions and policies that promote the preservation and enhancement of national historic resources.
A leading voice on historic preservation law and related land-use practices, Bronin is an associate member of the Cornell Law School faculty; a professor at Cornell’s School of Art, Architecture, and Planning; a faculty fellow of the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, and the Director of the Legal Constructs Lab. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on how law and policy can foster more equitable, sustainable, well-designed, and connected places.
“I am grateful to President Biden and the Senate for the incredible opportunity to lead the ACHP,” Bronin said. “Historic, tribal, and cultural resources connect us with our past, while offering a chance to shape our future. That is why preservationists must engage in current debates about energy policy, climate resilience, housing development, transportation infrastructure, tribal sovereignty, and the tax system.
“As chair, I hope I hope to work with the agency’s experienced and knowledgeable staff to continue the ACHP’s involvement in these key issues, bringing a spirit of innovation, a commitment to inclusion, and a sense of deep responsibility to generations to come.”
Bronin is a Mexican American architect, attorney, and policymaker specializing in historic preservation, property, land use, and climate change. Among her scholarly projects, she founded and directs the National Zoning Atlas, a multi-institutional effort to unlock research on the approximately 30,000 zoning codes that shape the American economy and society. Active in public service, Bronin chaired Preservation Connecticut, served on the board of Latinos in Heritage Conservation, and served as an advisor for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She also founded Desegregate Connecticut, led an award-winning overhaul of Hartford’s zoning code, and served as an advisor for the Sustainable Development Code.