Board

2017 USGBC MA Board of Directors

Please welcome the new Directors of our Board!

Henrietta Davis | Former mayor of Cambridge, MA

Henrietta Davis served as the Mayor of the City of Cambridge for two years, 2012 to Jan 2014. She focused on creating a healthy and livable city, concentrating on energy, the environment, pedestrian and bicycling safety, neighborhood preservation, housing, and children's health and education. She is now a member of the Cambridge Net Zero Task Force, a municipal advisory committee developing a long-term plan for zero carbon emissions by 2050 through energy efficiency and generation of renewable energy. Prior to serving as mayor, Mayor Davis was the Chair of the City Council's Environment Committee and she led the Council to adopt a Green Building policy for all new city buildings.

 

John "JC" Courtney | Siemens, Business Development Manager, Data Analytics

John has a long standing professional history with buildings and technology. At Siemens, John assists clients in developing actionable insights into building operation through application of data analytics to their facilities. Siemens' Navigator with IBM Watson technology, informs building managers and owners about the operations of their campus helping to reduce energy consumption and operating costs, optimize people's comfort and proactively maintain and extend the life of equipment.

 

Rebecca Hatchadorian | Associate at Arup

Rebecca has worked on numerous LEED projects in addition to a broad range of projects ranging from energy and GHG emissions masterplanning, to existing building retrofits to new construction and climate change vulnerability assessments. For the past four years, she has also been involved with Arup’s corporate sustainability at the regional and global levels to continue to drive sustainability and improve how they operate as an organization.

 


Chair

Andrea Love | Payette, Director, Building Science 

Andrea works across projects to integrate performance modeling tools into Payette’s design process to inform and push designs. Additionally, she leads a number of internal research projects, and currently is the Principal Investigator on the 2012 AIA Upjohn Grant on “Thermal Performance of Facades” a research project focused on thermal bridging. She also leads the firm’s efforts on the AIA 2030 Commitment, tracking and benchmarking the performance of projects across the firm. Andrea received her Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies in Building Technology from MIT where she was the recipient of the Tucker-Voss Award, and focused her thesis on the thermal performance of facades. She is also a Lecturer at MIT in the Department of Architecture’s Building Technology group where she teaches a class on building envelope performance. She currently serves on the national USGBC Chapter Steering Committee and Education Steering Committee and is a member of the COTE Advisory Group to the Board.

Vice Chair

John Dalzell | Boston Redevelopment Authority, Senior Architect

John has been deeply involved with USGBC and LEED for many years now, as illustrated by his awarded position as LEED Fellow, Accredited Professional in BD+C and Neighborhood Development, and as a founding member of the USGBC Massachusetts chapter. John is also a senior architect for sustainable development at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and a champion for Green Building and Community Programs.
 

 


Secretary

John Markowitz | Vice President- Infrastructure Finance at MassDevelopmentExperience

John has previously worked as a Vice President of Public Finance at Stifel Financial Corp., an Associate at Stone & Youngberg, and a Credit Analyst at SunTrust Bank. He attended the University of Virginia. John currently works for MassDevelopment, the Commonwealth's Development Agency, financing infrastructure for large scale real estate development projects across the Commonwealth, including from project inception to stabilization and beyond. He works closely with state and local government officials, real estate developers and banks to leverage public and private funds to support economic growth.


Treasurer

Steven Burke | Sustainability Manager, SMMA

Steven is a Sustainability Manager at SMMA, an integrated, multi-disciplinary design, engineering, and commissioning firm. Steven has guided green building certifications on projects of many different types and sizes, including but not limited to: k-12 schools, higher education facilities, mid-rise and high-rise residential, commercial interiors, retail interiors, and commercial office buildings.

Steven has a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and his professional and educational backgrounds blend business development and management, building analysis, weatherization, energy auditing, solar installation, and sustainable design and construction.


Immediate Past Chair

Shawn Hesse | Emersion Design, Architect

Shawn leads the Cambridge office of emersionDESIGN and focuses on integrating sustainability into all of his design, planning, and policy work for clients. He has proudly designed and consulted Net Zero energy projects and LEED Platinum Certified buildings. Furthermore, Shawn has educated and trained hundreds in LEED with support from USGBC. He also serves on the national board of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility. 


Samira Ahmadi |  Director of Energy Services, AHA Consulting Engineers

Samira Ahmadi has 4 years of sustainability consulting experience and more than six years’ experience in architecture and engineering. Her practice at AHA Consulting Engineers, Inc. focuses on sustainability and energy performance analyses for new construction, pursuing LEED certification and energy-upgrades, and Life Cycle Cost Analyses of existing building retrofits for utility incentives and government founded initiatives.Samira holds a B.S. in Architectural Engineering, an M.Arch. in Architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and M.S. in Building Performance and Diagnostics, with a main focus on sustainability and energy simulation, from Carnegie Mellon University. She is the Director of Energy Services at AHA and has earned the prestigious Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) designation from ASHRAE, which is the highest certification available for energy modelers. 


Barbra Batshalom | Sustainable Performance Institute, Founder

Barbra is the founder and president of the Sustainable Performance Institute a national organization that assists the building industry in institutionalizing sustainability. Additionally, she has founded The Green Roundtable as well as leading the way in forming our own USGBC Massachusetts chapter! Barbra is a trailblazer is transforming businesses and the building industry into a more sustainable field.

 


Darien Crimmin | Vice President of Energy & Sustainability, WinnCompanies

Darien L. Crimmin has worked in the business of sustainability for more than 10 years. At WinnCompanies, he is responsible for managing a range of energy efficiency projects and sustainability programs across Winn’s residential portfolio. Through Darien's leadership, Winn has partnered with numerous local, state and federal agencies to reduce energy costs and promote investments in sustainability. Prior to joining WinnDevelopment in 2009, Darien was responsible for managing Harvard University’s Office for Sustainability Green Building Services. In addition to supporting USGBCMA chapter, Darien actively engages with many Boston-area energy and sustainability organizations, including LEAN (Low-Income Energy Affordability Network) and NESEA (the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association).


Mike Davis | Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), Program Officer

Mike Davis is the Senior Program Officer for LISC’s Green Retrofit Initiative. He joined LISC in 2012 and provides affordable housing owners across the state with technical assistance on energy efficiency, clean energy and healthy housing.  Additionally, Mike also does lending and asset management for LISC on community development projects. Previously, he worked for five years at New York City's Department of Housing Preservation & Development as a Director of Operations for the Division of Architecture + Engineering and as a Senior Planner for the Bronx Planning Unit.  Mike also spent three years as grassroots organizer on drinking water/watershed protection for Clean Water Action in MA and a year in AmeriCorps with MA Community Water Watch. Mike has a Master of Urban Planning from New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a BA in English and a BS in Earth Science from Pennsylvania State University.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction.  Mike currently serves on the Board representing the affordable housing sector and volunteers annually as a Tax Preparer for the Boston Tax Help Coalition.


Michael Fiorello | Director of Sustainable Design at Boston Architectural College

Michael Fiorillo, AIA, ASLA, has been a member of the BAC faculty for over 10 years, overseeing the development of students from their first year through graduation. Micahel has taught in many subject areas at the College, including foundation studios, design theory and inquiry, sustainable material assemblies, advanced studio workshops, site design, and more. He has worked as a graduate thesis advisor and graduate thesis panel member. This interdisciplinary experience has given him a knowledgeable perspective on both the BAC and design pedagogy.Michael has a Master of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Rutgers College. He founded and managed the architecture and landscape architecture firm, Fiorillo Architects, in Cambridge, MA. The firm focuses on connecting people to larger systems through sustainable solutions.


Carrie Havey | The Green Engineer, Project Manager

Carrie joined the USGBC MA chapter within her first few months in Boston and has brought sustainability into all aspects of her work. She currently works as a Project Manager at The Green Engineer. Carrie has over twelve years of experience in planning and landscape architecture from Concord Square Planning & Development, Stantec, Tompkins County Planning Department, and others.

 

 


Johanna Jobin | Director, Global EHS & Sustainability at Biogen

Johanna has over 10 years of experience in corporate responsibility and sustainability for both small and large enterprise. From this she has supported and participated in a number of green building projects, including several projects that have achieved LEED Silver or higher, in the U.S. as well as Europe and India. Johanna is active in several sustainability-related organizations.  She has contributed to the City of Cambridge’s CPAC (Climate Protection Action Committee) and has spoken externally regarding a number of green building, climate and energy topics. Johanna was previously Head of Corporate Responsibility & Community Affairs at EMD Millipore and a Management Consultant at CDM Smith.  She attended Wheaton College for her undergraduate studies and Duke for graduate studies.  


 

Jim Jones | Senior Director of Business Development at Skanska

Jim is a member of the leadership team at Skanska and is involved with some of the most sustainable designs in the region. 

 

 

 


Ben Myers | Boston Properties, Sustainability Manager

Ben leads sustainability initiatives at Boston Properties, one of the largest owners, managers, and developers of first-class office and mixed-use properties in the United States. His interests include whole-building approaches to sustainable design, sustainable building operations, energy conservation measure implementation, and renewable energy development. Prior to joining Boston Properties, Ben was a green building coordinator at Harvard University. He is a LEED AP BD+C and a Certified Energy Manager. He holds a M.A. in Urban Environmental Leadership from Lesley University and a B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


 

Ethan Lay-Sleeper  Planner at Sasaki Associates

Ethan brings experience from the fields of architecture and planning in both the public and private sectors. His experience ranges from designing and promoting LEED certified buildings, to incorporating LEED-focused performance standards and renewable energy systems into municipal planning efforts. As a planner for Sasaki Associates, he works in interdisciplinary teams to produce planning, design, and policy solutions focused on place-making and sustainability. 

 

 

 

 

Our organization has had a great group of people serving our mission over the years. You can read more about our former board members here.

 

Past Board of Directors

Stephen Benz

(First Chair- Founding Board)

-Founder & Consultant at SITEGreen Solution, LLC-

As Partner and Director of Green Infrastructure, Steve Benz is responsible for leading sustainable design strategies within OLIN’s projects. With over 30 years of civil engineering and construction experience, he has pioneered new green infrastructure solutions that create resilient and performative sites.

Bob Brook

(First Vice Chair- Founding Board)

 

Chris Schaffner

-Principal at The Green Engineer, Inc. -

Chris Schaffner, PE, LEED Fellow is founder and President of The Green Engineer, Inc. a sustainable design consulting firm located in Concord, MA. Chris has 25 years of experience in the design of building systems with a focus on energy efficiency and sustainability. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T., and is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts, California and Vermont.

Jackie Henke

-Sustainability & Innovation Leadership in Commercial Real Estate-

In her role of Sustainability & Innovations Director, Jackie oversees the environmental strategy of TD Bank from Maine to Florida and across Canada by providing thought leadership to drive TD’s green building strategy higher and institutionalize the Bank’s green building practices to bring meaningful impact to the organization.

Bill Holland

(Chair of Governance Committee that wrote all of the original bylaws)

-Capital Planning Program Developer at Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development-

In his current position as the Mass Dept. of Housing and Community Development, Bill supports local housing authorities in developing capital improvement plans for preserving state-assisted low income housing.

Martine Dion

-Director of Sustainable Design at SMMA-

Martine Dion, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is Principal and Director of Sustainable Design at SMMA with twenty two years of experience. She is the sustainable expert within the firm, providing sustainable design and LEED consulting services to clients.

Iram Farooq

-Assistant City Manager/Community Development-

 

Phoebe Beierle

-Green Schools Fellowship Manager at U.S. Green Building Council-

Phoebe supports the Center for Green School's mission by providing resources,
tools and research to a growing number of sustainability staff at school
districts across the country. She oversees the Green Schools Fellowship and
District Scholarship programs and hosts an annual educational and networking
summit for district sustainability champions.

Jennifer Taranto

-Director of Sustainability, LEED AP, WELL AP at Structure Tone, LLC-

Jennifer brings more than eighteen years of experience in the commercial real estate and construction industry, and joined Structure Tone in 2001. Her previous roles included superintendent and project manager prior to becoming Structure Tone’s Director of Sustainability in 2008.