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Denise Gilmore

Manager of the Historic Properties Redevelopment Program
National Trust for Historic Preservation


Washington, D.C.

Denise E. Gilmore is Manager of the Historic Properties Redevelopment Program at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Trust is a privately funded nonprofit working to save America’s historic places and a leading voice for preservation. In this capacity, she leads the National Trust’s efforts to expand the use of redevelopment tools including revolving funds and other financing tools that increase historic property redevelopment. Denise is truly passionate about saving historic properties in a manner that celebrates the people and the place while creating economic activity.  

Prior to joining the National Trust, Denise provided cultural heritage and historic preservation consulting services to urban communities to redevelop and revitalize cultural assets while maintaining cultural authenticity. For thirteen years, she championed the commercial redevelopment effort for the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District located in Kansas City, Missouri, a mixed-use urban district. Prior to becoming President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jazz District Redevelopment Corporation, she served as Chief Financial Officer. As President, Denise ensured that the redevelopment preserved the cultural heritage of the historic district. The Apartments at Highland Place, completed under her leadership in 2013, created 20 units of affordable housing using federal and state historic tax credits. Originally built between 1880 and 1920, these structures represented the last extant cluster of residential housing from the turn of the 20th century. The Apartments at Highland Place received four awards of outstanding recognition, local and state-wide, for historic preservation and adaptive reuse.

Denise speaks, presents workshops, and provides technical assistance at conferences and forums throughout the nation on successful community economic redevelopment practices. She is recognized as an authority on redevelopment in urban communities, with a particular focus on equitable development and heritage preservation.

Denise has served on numerous community boards and civic committees; including the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City Board of Directors, which serves to collect and preserve the history of African-Americans in the Midwest. Denise was instrumental in providing financial leadership as Board Treasurer to the $10 million historic rehabilitation tax credit project to renovate the historic building as a permanent home for the Archives.

Denise has a M.B.A. in Finance and Business Administration from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, and a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas. She has a Certificate in Community Economic Development from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Bloch School of Business.