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Napa County Landmarks (NCL) is excited to announce the appointment of Christine Madrid French as new Executive Director.

Christine brings a wealth of experience and a deep passion for historic preservation. A graduate of the University of Utah and the University of Virginia, she worked as an architectural historian with the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., and at western national parks such as Zion, Mesa Verde, and Arches. She led the Modernism + Recent Past Program for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, headquartered on Market Street in San Francisco. At the California Preservation Foundation, she worked as Director of Development and Marketing and assisted with the creation of the “Doors Open California,” statewide tours event. Most recently, she served as the Director of Advocacy, Programs & Communications at San Francisco Heritage, where she significantly contributed to the advocacy effort for the Castro Theatre and promoted the city’s cultural and architectural heritage through new programming. She is also an author, recently featured as a contributing writer in Vanity Fair

“We are delighted to welcome Christine to the NCL family,” said NCL Board President, Terry Wunderlich. “Her extensive experience, leadership skills, and passion for preservation make her the perfect choice to guide our organization into the future.”

In her new role, Christine will focus on expanding NCL’s programs, enhancing fundraising efforts, and building capacity to protect and celebrate Napa’s rich history and diverse cultural heritage. She will work in collaboration with the Board of Directors and the community to ensure the implementation of the organization’s mission and strategic goals.

“Joining Napa County Landmarks as Executive Director is an exciting new chapter for me,” said Christine Madrid French. “Napa County is a treasure trove of historic structures and cultural heritage, and I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with our team, partners, and the community at large to preserve, promote, and celebrate it. I am inspired by the commitment of NCL to advocate for historic preservation, and I am ready to roll up my sleeves to enhance our efforts to keep Napa’s history alive for generations to come.”

Christine can be reached at

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