by Deb Del Valle
Cincinnati Preservation Association is pleased to welcome Diana Tisue as CPA’s new Outreach Manager. As Outreach Manager, Diana will be working to connect CPA members and the Cincinnati community to the important preservation work CPA is engaged in.
“I’m excited to work on local projects that make a big impact on our city,” says Diana. “The preservation movement in Cincinnati has so much potential to impact this city over the next 50 years and I look forward to shaping that future.”
Diana is no stranger to Cincinnati or preservation in the Queen City. She grew up in Mt. Auburn in the Prospect Hill Historic District. Her parents lived in and restored homes on the hill starting in the early 1970s.
“Following my dad from one project to the next, I grew up learning the craft and sustainability of preserving old buildings,” Diana notes.
She attended the University of Cincinnati where she studied History and Historic Preservation. “It was at UC where I found my place in the preservation world. I fell in love with advocacy.”
During her time at UC she searched for a community of young preservationists.
“I actually met my husband, Charles Marxen, while starting a student group called the Preservation Action Network,” she says.
“That student led initiative lead to the Cincinnati Preservation Collective which exists today as a place for younger preservationists to get involved in preservation.”
Executive Director Paul Muller is looking forward to the new approaches to outreach that Diana brings to CPA. “ Diana Tisue’s enthusiasm for connecting people to meaningful history of historic places will be a wonderful addition to CPA, especially now, as we commit to expanding diversity of the stories we tell.”
In 2016, Diana left Cincinnati for Washington, D.C. to work for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As part of the community outreach team, she implemented campaigns for places like Nina Simone’s Childhood Home, Route 66, and the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. She notes working with the National Trust was an incredible opportunity to see how preservation happens around the country and is excited to bring that energy to Cincinnati.
Diana and Charles are now back in Ohio closer to family and living in Cincinnati’s Mt.Auburn. She says they are excited to be in a diverse, walkable neighborhood in a city they can’t live without.