Staff

USGBC MA Staff

Grey Lee, Executive Director, MSc., LEED AP BD&C, WELL AP

Grey is the chief facilitator of the US Green Building Council community in Massachusetts, serving as executive director since  2012. He manages the organization's daily activities and leads the Chapter in achieving its mission. He has a keen interest in helping the broader community of stakeholders recognize how green buildings support and resolve many environmental, social justice, and sustainability issues. By connecting more people to the benefits of green buildings, we will be able to see a groundswell of support to change policy and change market preferences toward better buildings and urban planning.

Grey has a background in commercial brokerage and real estate services, and community engagement. He serves on the boards of two other community organizations in the Boston area. His Master's degree is in Real Estate Economics & Finance from the London School of Economics and his B.S. is from the University of Vermont. He lives in Harvard Square, Cambridge. 

Email Grey at greylee@usgbcma.org

 

Celis Brisbin, Director of Operations

It was in the Peace Corps where his commitment to solving the climate issue was galvanized. He witnessed the most vulnerable communities impacted by record droughts and storms. The combination of these events decimated crops, hungered the impoverished and destabilized a nation. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, he knew that the United States has the highest emission per capita while also having the greatest resources and voice to remedy this global issue. Upon his completion of service, he returned to the US driven by my commitment to be the voice for stakeholders affected by climate change and to work towards a solution.

He has spent the past few years in renewable energy and then looking at the greater context of building design, efficiency, and operation, now able to lead a community of stakeholders at the Chapter. His role interfaces with the leaders of the environmental movement and engaging firms and individuals on the impact of buildings on the environment.

He coordinates the organization’s programs around supporting the mission for regenerative communities. He supports the legislative program, curates the educational programming and promotes the cross-collaboration of leaders within our community of practitioners.

Email Celis at celis@usgbcma.org

Alex Landa, Outreach and Communications Manager

Alex leads all communications efforts, including, but not limited to, newsletters and event promotion, media production, website maintenance, blogging, social media, photography, videography, market research, and website analytics. His overall goal as OCM is to promote social engagement within the Chapter, expand the Chapter's reach into other markets such as technology, and manage the public-facing side of the USGBC MA brand. 

Before joining the USGBC MA, Alex was the managing editor at AXS.com, where he worked with over 300 writers to produce high-quality music- and event-related content. Prior to that, he has worked as a copywriter, academic researcher, and event project manager.

He received his B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Psychology from Marist College in Poughkeepsie NY in 2013, and his M.A. in Emerging Media Studies from Boston University in 2016. His other interests include video games and technology, cooking, coffee, and craft beer.

You can contact Alex at amlanda@usgbcma.org

 

Emily Kingston, Corporate Relations Manager

Emily supports fundraising and development by cultivating major sponsors and exhibitors, managing volunteers, and overseeing special events. She is interested in sustainable resources and green buildings, particularly the balance between environmental management and economic growth.

Emily has a background in environmental science, renewable resources, and land management. She has spent the past few years managing special projects focused on sustainable forestry, climate change, and the built environment. She holds an MSc in Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation from Nottingham Trent University and a BA in Environmental Science from Clark University.

You can contact Emily at ekingston@usgbcma.org.

 

Vernette Allen, Grants Programs Manager

Vernette has recently been hired as the Grants Programs Manager, she will be responsible for finding new sources of funding, will be assisting with developing a new workforce training initiative, and supporting educational programs.
  
Throughout out her career, she has focused on improving and building programs. Combined with creativity, relationship-building skills, grant compliance and sound administrative oversight.
Vernette has a background in community engagement and advocacy. She is passionate about the environment and social justice. To that end, she served on the Franklin Park and MIDAS Coalition board. Both organizations strive to improve  Bostonians lives.  She has a Masters in Social Work from Boston University and B.S. from Boston University. 

You can contact Vernette at vallen@usgbcma.org