Mary Thompson became a partner at Artifacts in 2013, after a 30 year career in historic preservation, community revitalization and cultural resource management. At Artifacts her work focuses on historic preservation planning and public policy. Projects in which she has participated include plans for the American Lake and Walla Walla Veterans hospitals, the Western State Hospital (DSHS), and environmental impact statements for the University District Urban Design proposal and the redevelopment of the historic company town of Port Gamble.
Her public sector and non-profit career includes serving as Washington State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) from 1992 until 1996, as interim director of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, and as Program Director of the Washington Centennial Commission. She arrived in Olympia in 1984 to create the state’s new Downtown Revitalization Program, which brought the successful Main Street Approach to over 40 communities in Washington. She later developed statewide Main Street programs in California, Arizona and Hawaii as a program associate for the National Main Street Center.
Prior to moving to Washington State in 1984, she worked in Indianapolis revitalizing historic neighborhoods as the executive director of a neighborhood development corporation, neighborhood program manager for Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, and planner for the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission.
Mary taught historic preservation public policy courses in the Master’s in Historic Preservation Program at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. She is currently a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a board member of the National Main Street Center. She also serves on the board of the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound (past-president) and as an ex-officio member of the board of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation (past president).