The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has tapped Joshua David, the co-founder and former president of New York’s Friends of the High Line, to be its new president. David will replace its current president, Bonnie Burnham, when she retires on November 2.
David is perhaps best known for his role in helping to renovate an abandoned stretch of the former New York Central Railroad into the modern High Line public park in Chelsea, which has drawn over 6.2 million visitors annually since its opening in June 2009 and is credited with galvanizing the surrounding economy.
“Josh’s ability to marry collaborative restoration with community engagement makes him an excellent choice to lead World Monuments Fund into the 21st century,” Burnham said in a statement. “Based on his experience of working with preservationists and architects for the last 16 years, the Board unanimously agreed that he was the right leader to steward World Monuments Fund as we begin our next 50 years.”
WMF, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, was originally founded to protect and conserve significant global architectural and cultural sites against threats both natural and manmade in upwards of 100 countries. The organization has successfully worked with structures as varied as China’s Forbidden City, America’s Route 66, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
“It’s critical that we continue World Monuments Fund’s vital work to preserve and steward sites of architectural, artistic, and cultural significance around the world,” David commented in a press release. “These sites connect us to our past and inspire us to build a better future. I’m honored to succeed Bonnie in leading World Monuments Fund’s talented team to carry out this essential mission.”