Celis Brisbin, Acting Executive Director

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. He has a degree in Urban Planning from the University of New Hampshire and is a Environmental Management Masters candidate at the Nicholas School for the Environment at Duke University. 

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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.

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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. 

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