Carla Bruni

Carla Bruni is the Associate for Engagement at Heritage Strategies International, specializing in community outreach and assessing the qualitative contributions of cultural heritage. Bruni has published numerous articles, led workshops, and created blogs focused on the changing face of historic preservation, the need for increased diversity across the movement, and the ways in which cultural resources are crucial to our environmental and social wellbeing. Her work with housing organizations and community groups has culminated in the creation of local history and home maintenance publications, hands-on workshops, and several historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Bruni has extensive experience working on environmental initiatives with a variety of organizations in and around Chicago, and has worked with the U.S. EPA to create Environmental Justice reports and Community Involvement plans. For over a decade, she has also been a part of hands-on disaster relief projects, most frequently in New Orleans, which she would continue to rebuild even if the water was up to her neck. Bruni holds an MS in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Loyola University Chicago in English. For fun, she sits on development corporation boards, forges medieval tools, and runs free repair clinics.