She was thrilled to assist with a new task force that included members from all the various federal agencies for preservation, including the National Park Service, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the United Council of State Historic Preservation Officers, and the United States office of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Here were her heroes – leaders and scholars of the historical preservation world that she’d been reading about and quoting in papers the previous term – now joining together to influence national policy on historical preservations. Tori explains, “"it was an interesting experience to learn about the intricacies of legislation; it is an ever-evolving and very involved process which a dedicated group of people pay close attention to in order to maintain the preservation resources that benefit the needs of many communities across the country."
Preservation Action’s headquarters were inside the inspiring National Building Museum with its 75-foot marble columns. As the host location of numerous Presidential Inaugural Balls in the past, it has played a very important role in Washington, D.C.’s social and political spheres.
The internship included coordinating a national fundraising campaign that culminated in a silent and live auction at the National Trust for Historic Preservation annual conference. Through her untiring efforts, Tori managed to gather truly unique and interesting items from historical organizations across the country. The auction was a great success and raised an amount much larger than initially expected.