Jeffrey L. Nichols, Executive Director
Jeffrey L. Nichols is the Executive Director of Georgetown Heritage. Prior to joining Georgetown Heritage, he was the President & CEO of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s retreat house and plantation located near Lynchburg, Virginia from 2012 to 2019. Before that he worked at The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut for eleven years, the last five as Executive Director. He holds a B.A. degree from Southern Connecticut State University with a major in American History. He also has an M.S. in Museum Education from the Bank Street College of Education, and an M.B.A. from the University of New Haven. Jeffrey serves on the board of directors of the Virginia Association of Museums.
Maggie Downing, Director of Public Programs & Partnerships
Maggie Downing manages the organization’s relationship with the National Park Service, and led the establishment of Georgetown Heritage as an official NPS Friends Group. She leads the development of interpretive, educational, and cultural programs for Georgetown Heritage, and is overseeing the canal boat project, which is expected to launch in the fall of 2020.
Maggie previously worked at Cultural Tourism DC, where she served as the Heritage and Community Programs Manager, managing the DC Neighborhood Heritage Trail projects. She holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from The George Washington University, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.)
Scott Walzak, Georgetown Canal Plan Project Manager
Scott Walzak (AIA, LEED AP, SEED) leverages multidisciplinary collaboration strategies, knowledge sharing, and research to make Georgetown Heritage's vision of the canal a reality. An expert in the design and construction processes, and a strong believer in the power of human-centered design, Scott has spoken in academic and professional settings nationwide, including Univ. of Michigan's Power Conference and Build-Boston.
Previously, Scott served as Executive Director of MakeDC, as well as Strategic Director of Engenium Group. His roles included directing, establishing, and maintaining the overall policies for business development and strategic growth. He's received multiple national and international design awards, and served of several design juries.