Sherry Frear, RLA

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Sherry A. Frear, RLA, is Chief of the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program, a role she assumed in May 2020.  Supported by credentials in historic preservation, landscape architecture, project management, and sustainable practices, her experience ranges from programming and planning to design and construction management to interpretation and outreach. Sherry spent her formative professional years working for a large Washington, D.C., law firm, where she specialized in construction litigation support. Through volunteer work at the National Building Museum, she discovered the range of career options in the A/E/C profession, which lead her to Cornell University, where she earned both a Master’s in Historic Preservation Planning and a Master’s in Landscape Architecture. She has worked at the city, county, and federal levels, including a previous stint with NPS in 2010-2012 at Lowell National Historical Park. Sherry is a licensed landscape architect (MD).