Ramona Bartos

Director, Historical Resources

Ramona Murphy Bartos is Director of the Division of Historical Resources, comprised of the State Historic Preservation Office (HPO), Office of State Archaeology (OSA), Office of Historical Research (OHR), which include the Highway Historical Marker program and Historical Publications Branch, and DNCR’s Western Region Office in Asheville. 

Her duties also include her role as Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and direct day-to-day administration of the State Historic Preservation Office, which carries out state preservation programs and federal responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act, including the statewide comprehensive historic architectural survey, the National Register of Historic Places, federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits, a competitive local government preservation grant program, project reviews, and a technical preservation extension service for constituents.

She earned her joint Juris Doctor (cum laude) and Master of Historic Preservation degrees from the University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia, and her Bachelor of Arts in History and International Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Prior to entering state public service, Ramona was a private practice attorney and civil mediator for a decade in Georgia, serving a variety of private and local government clients, and has been a legal trainer for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. She currently serves on the executive board of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, representing North Carolina.