Julianne Polanco was appointed California’s State Historic Preservation Officer in July of 2015. She served as a Commissioner and Chair of the California State Historical Resources Commission from 2005 to 2015.
Ms. Polanco was the Director of Cultural Resources for Lend Lease Americas from 2006 to 2015. Ms. Polanco was the Acting Federal Preservation Officer and Senior Preservation Specialist at the Presidio Trust from 1999 to 2006 and Assistant to the Vice President for programs at the World Monuments Fund from 1998 to 1999.
Her professional work has also included serving as Advisor to the Chairman of California Integrated Waste Management Board and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency. During her tenure at the California Department of Conservation, she held various staff positions in the Director’s Office, Division of Recycling and Division of Mines and Geology. Ms. Polanco was a district staff member for Congressman Robert T. Matsui, specializing in labor, health care, veterans’ affairs and the environment.
Ms. Polanco has a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science/International Relations from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.