Meet the director
Executive Director Daniel Ronan
Daniel joined Flower Hill in May 2022. A creative thinker, policy wonk, and historic preservation, transit, and housing activist with experience in museums, tourism, and cultural diplomacy, Daniel brings over a decade of arts and culture expertise to his new role.
A native of Portland, Oregon, Daniel attended the University of Oregon where he received his two BAs in Planning and Romance Languages. Most recently Daniel relocated from Chicago where he lived for eight years upon arriving in Austin in December 2021. In Chicago, Daniel served as the Manager of Public Engagement at the National Public Housing Museum for over three years. He founded and led Moxie, an interdisciplinary group of LGBTQ+ identified urban planners and policymakers in Chicago. Daniel prides himself on his ability to connect, collaborate, and create community change, skill sets that are highly valued by Flower Hill's Board of Directors.
In his most recent position as the Principal of Resilient Heritage, a cultural consultancy that works with nonprofit organizations in the arts, culture, and heritage sectors, included fundraising and strategic planning clients as diverse as the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, CA, and the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area in Niagara Falls, NY. He also has a penchant for politics, having served as the Manager of Operations of Lightfoot for Chicago, the mayoral campaign of Chicago's current mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Daniel also appreciates Flower Hill's legacy of public service, having recently been admitted to the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, where he plans to begin his graduate studies in 2023.
Daniel looks forward to meeting the many supporters of Flower Hill in the coming months. Please be sure to say hello if you see him on the grounds or on the streets around Austin; he may ask you for your favorite brewery or park, all while riding his bike.
The Staff and Board of Trustees include subject matter experts in the fields of historic preservation, museum curation, fundraising, education, strategic planning, infrastructure assessment, nonprofit management, ecology, and research planning and development.
After hosting several historic house museum directors; preservationists; and preservation student groups, teachers, and historians at the home; the governing body was able to determine exactly what makes Flower Hill a vital and viable part of Austin’s historic and nonprofit tapestry.
To rise above convention, and offer a new championing voice for preservation, Flower Hill aims to contextualize local, state, and national history through the guise of recognizable community figures—religious leaders, teachers, and citizen historians who offer a comforting (rather than intimidating) connection to the past, and exemplify a pathway to how visitors can contribute to their local, state, and national communities today.
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