Heidi Brown-McCreery was confirmed as Director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency in February 2016. In this role, she serves as the official State Historic Preservation Officer and oversees 56 state historic sites and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. In addition, she is responsible for programmatic functions involving state and federal historic tax credits, regulatory reviews of rehabilitation and construction projects with historic interests, and nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.
Prior to joining IHPA, Brown-McCreery was the Chief of Staff at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. She led numerous successful organizational culture, change management and communication initiatives. Brown-McCreery also served as outreach to special interest groups on economic development, innovation, technology, and talent pipeline development.
Prior to joining Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Brown-McCreery worked for State Farm’s Corporate Office for almost 15 years. She served in a variety of analytical, operational, and leadership roles in IT, financial services, and client services. Most recently, she served as an Ideation Manager for State Farm’s Innovation Team.
Director Brown-McCreery is proud life-long Illinoisan. She grew up in Knox County and earned a bachelor of science in communications from Illinois State University. She currently resides in Springfield.