In July 2020, Thomasville Landmarks named Nancy Tinker as Landmarks’ new executive director, returning her to the organization after an absence of 26 years. In 1986 Nancy served as Landmarks’ executive director, leaving the organization in 1994 to work for the Nashville-based historic preservation consulting firm, Thomason and Associates where she worked as an architectural historian. She was later employed by DuVall and Associates – a Cultural Resources Management firm based in Middle Tennessee.
Nancy joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the spring of 1998, providing advisory and field services throughout the 15 states of the Trust’s southern region. Specific responsibilities included coordinating the Trust’s chain drug store initiative, leading preservation organizations through the strategic planning process, and collaborating with a range of partnering organizations which included the National Park Service, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
Accomplishments included assistance in creating the Manhattan Project National Historical Park and leading a team of partners focused on preserving Memphis, Tennessee’s Clayborn Temple, site of the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike. In the summer of 2017, at the request of the National Trust, Nancy opened the National Trust’s Atlanta, Georgia Field Office.
Nancy received her B.S. in English from Middle Tennessee State University in 1978. Her M.S. in History (Historic Preservation emphasis) was also earned at Middle Tennessee State University where she graduated in 1983.