Rita Cofield

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Rita Cofield joined the Conservation Institute in 2022 to lead the Los Angeles African American Historic Places project. She holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture and Planning from Howard University and a Master of Heritage Conservation degree from the University of Southern California. She is a cultural resource manager and public historian and has stage managed theatrical productions throughout the United States. She currently serves on the board of Howard University’s Southern California Alumni Chapter and is a member of the California Preservation Foundation’s Board of Trustees. She was the inaugural executive director of the Los Angeles-based advocacy organization Friends At Mafundi. Current GCI project: African American Historic Places Los Angeles.