About Roxanne…

Roxanne Eflin is a multi-passionate advocate and leader in historic preservation with over 35 years’ experience.  She has held leadership positions with numerous national, state, regional and local boards. Consulting work in historic preservation, downtown revitalization and cultural tourism takes her nationwide and on occasion to Canada.

Roxanne’s private and public sector experience includes holding key positions as Executive Director for three statewide organizations and staff positions with municipal planning departments.  She began as Main Street Program Manager in Manitou Springs, Colorado – one of the 30 demonstration cities of the National Trust Main Street Center.  She co-founded Colorado Preservation, Inc., serving as Board President and later as Executive Director.  She co-founded the Aspen Historic Trust and served as Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Aspen/Pitkin County and Central City, Colorado.  She also co-founded the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs and currently serves as that organization’s Board President.

Roxanne was selected through a national search for the Executive Director position of the statewide nonprofit organization, Maine Preservation, serving in that position for nearly 11 years.  She then directed the Maine Downtown Center, serving as State Coordinator to the National Main Street Center.  During her tenure at these statewide organizations, she helped:

  • secure protective easements on historic properties including the award-winning collaboration to protect Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, the last active Shaker community in the world
  • initiate Maine’s Main Street Program for downtown revitalization
  • initiate Green Downtowns and Healthy Main Streets, two programs that have received national recognition.

Roxanne has presented at numerous local, state and national conferences and presented training webinars.  Her consulting projects range from national training seminars and educational webinars to Section 106 compliance projects and Scenic and Historic Byway Nominations. She is a 36CFR61 qualified consultant under the National Preservation Act.  Her “Selected Projects” list includes two collaborative successes of which she is most proud:  Post-World War II Residential Architecture in Maine: A Guide for Surveyors and Tracks Across Borders Scenic and Historic Byway, in southwest Colorado.

Awards achieved by Roxanne include a Preservation Champion award from Maine Preservation, a Maine Downtown Center Visionary Award, a Director’s award from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, a President’s Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a citation by the Maine State Legislature.

Roxanne holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning/Historic Preservation, a Certificate of International Tourism Management and is a graduate of Leadership Maine and the Preservation Leadership Training program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is a published author, poet and successful grant writer with over $3.5 million in grants funds secured or managed in her career.

A proud grandmother of budding preservationists, Roxanne perpetually searches for the perfect locally-sourced, locally-made pie, served inside an impeccably maintained multi-use local landmark located in a historic downtown loaded with happy people, who occasionally break out into song. Roxanne is based in Maine and Colorado, and consults internationally.

Catch the excitement and contact her at roxanne.eflin@gmail.com or online at www.roxanneeflin.net.