Marcia Mayo is the Executive Director of The Fund to Conserve U.S. Diplomatic Treasures Abroad, as well as an advisor to the Cultural Heritage division of the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. An art historian and appraiser, she curated thematic exhibitions of American art for residences of U.S. ambassadors worldwide through the Department of State’s Art in Embassies program in addition to writing and editing exhibition publications before assuming her current position. Prior to her 27 years of government service, Ms. Mayo was the director of Sotheby’s Mid-Atlantic office, specializing in American fine and decorative arts and working as a liaison with Sotheby’s Valuations, Trusts and Estates, and Museum Services departments.
An avid preservationist, Ms. Mayo is a Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), co-chairing the 2008 NTHP National Conference and chairing the 2007 and 2008 NTHP/HGTV fundraising events. She currently serves on the Collections and Executive committees of Tudor Place Historic House and Garden in Washington, D.C., chairing the 2016 bicentennial fundraising event. Ms. Mayo served as a member of the Wadsworth-Sulgrave Historic Preservation Foundation’s Operating Committee, as well as the Preservation and Facilities committees of the Washington National Cathedral, where she is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee.
Ms. Mayo is a member of the Gilcrease Museum National Advisory Board and the Washington Antiques Show Board of Advisors. She has served on the Board and Executive committees of both the Washington National Opera and the DC Jazz Festival. Her professional affiliations include ArtTable, the Council on Foundations, the American Alliance of Museums, and the Decorative Arts Trust. She holds the rank of Dame of Grace in the U.S. Priory of the Order of St. John, and is a member of the Priory’s governing board.