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Steven McClain Bio


Steve McClain is the co-founder and president of the Trust for Architectural Easements. His duties include working with the Trust’s Board of Directors to develop policy and programs. He reviews work of independent contractors to implement the Trust’s initiatives. He is responsible for government relations and the stewardship fund.

Steve received a B.A. in philosophy with general honors from the University of Georgia. He received an M.A. in political science and completed the course work for a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Massachusetts.

Steve is the author of Federal Tax Incentives for Historic Preservation and has written articles about preservation and related topics for the Washington Business Journal, the Journal of Financial Planning and other publications. He has also given numerous speeches, seminars and workshops in different cities about tax-advantaged preservation of historic buildings.

Prior to coming to the Trust, Steve was Senior Partner at McClain-Dewey Real Estate, Inc. He managed real estate brokers and agents. The company provided real estate marketing, management, and development services to private clients, foreign governments and the U.S. government. Steve was responsible for directing the firm’s rehabilitation and restoration of historic properties in the Washington area.

Steve’s professional affiliations include memberships in the Society of Architectural Historians, The Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the National Association of Realtors.

Steve’s involvement in community service organizations include the following: Member of the Corporate Committee of the Lab School of Washington; Member of the National Eagle Scout Association; Member of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation; Founder of the Triangle Park Association, a neighborhood beautification organization; Founding sponsor of the Washington National Cathedral Center for Pilgrimage and Prayer; Volunteer for Martha’s Table, providing food and shelter for homeless children; Volunteer for March of Dimes National Campaign; and Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scouts of America.

The Trust for Architectural Easements is not a chartered bank or trust company, or depository institution. It is not authorized to accept deposits or trust accounts and is not licensed or regulated by any state or federal banking authority.

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