USGBC Elects New Members and Officers to its 2021 Board of Directors

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has newly elected members to its Board of Directors for 2021. Members bring leadership and expertise in areas such as community development, the connection between human health and the environment, equity and sustainable real estate development. The members were selected to further align the activities with the new vision of the USGBC. Healthy people in healthy places are synonymous with a healthy economy. The board also announced its 2021 officers.

“The USGBC Board of Directors brings a variety of leadership, experience and insight to advance our green building mission for all,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC. “The overlapping environmental, social and economic challenges facing our communities and businesses require that we harness the full power of the green building community to create a healthier, more sustainable world. We welcome our newly elected members and thank the entire Board of Directors for continuing to guide our strategic plan. ”

The elected members include Dr. Aaron Bernstein, interim director of the Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment at Harvard TH School of Public Health (Harvard C-CHANGE). His work at Harvard C-CHANGE examines the effects of global environmental change on human health with the aim of promoting a deeper understanding of these issues among students, educators, policymakers, and the general public. He is also a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bernstein was re-elected for two years.

Anyeley Hallová is the founder of Adre and brings 17 years of experience from mixed-use developments to the office headquarters. She founded Adre, a real estate development firm focused on real estate projects aimed at creating wealth for the Black Community and underrepresented groups traditionally lacking access to real estate ownership and investment. Her civic work includes an appointment as Governor of the Land Conservation and Development Commission of Oregon, where she serves as Vice-Chair, and an appointment as Mayor of the Portland Adaptation Committee, the Community Involvement Committee for the Portland Plan and the Policy Expert Group on Housing and Development Compatibility for the comp plan. Mrs. Hallová was elected for two years.

Dr. Ruth Thomas-Squance is the director of field building at Build Healthy Places Network, where she leads the organization’s national field building strategy and positions cross-sector partnerships in community development, public health and healthcare to guide and leverage community-centric investments in the across the country to address social determinants of health and promote racial justice. She brings 15 years of experience in cross-sectoral cooperation with various partners. Dr. Thomas-Squance’s passion for promoting health and social justice has led her from a successful career in biomedical research to management in the nonprofit and public sectors.

Lakisha Ann Woods is President and CEO of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), where she leads the organization that promotes building science and technology. Prior to NIBS, Woods was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at the National Association of Home Builders, where she oversaw all marketing, revenue generating programs and national partnerships. Woods currently serves on the American Society of Association Executives’ board of directors and Crosswalk’s Advisory Board. She was re-elected for three years.

Dr. Marwa Zaatari is a partner at Dzine Partners and co-chair of the enVerid Systems Advisory Board. She heads the research and development of “Air as a Service” for all aspects of heat exchanger coils, ventilation, filtration and IAQ measurements. Her work advances building science methods in the evaluation of performance-based processes for planning and operating buildings to optimize energy and people efficiency. Dr. Zaatari has extensive experience in identifying and quantifying the sources, fate and transport of indoor air pollutants, as well as evaluating performance in terms of energy efficiency, exposure and economic impacts of indoor pollution. Dr. Zaatari was elected for three years.

These elected board members will join the USGBC CEO and two other members: Daniel McQuade, general manager at Global Infrastructure Solutions, and Karen Weigert, executive vice president of business strategy, finance and regional operations at Slipstream.

The board of directors elected Dr. Aaron Bernstein as chairman; Lakisha Ann Woods as vice chairman; and Karen Weigert as secretary and treasurer.

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