Meredith Elbaum: Executive Director

As a sustainability advocate and educator, I joined the USGBC MA, as Executive Director, in November 2017. Before becoming ED, I was developing climate action plans, master plans, design guidelines and green buildings as President of the Elbaum Group, LLC.  Fueled by an interest in materials transparency I launched the Health Product Declaration as its Interim Executive Director.  For almost a decade I was Director of Sustainable Design at Sasaki. During that time I helped in the USGBC MA Chapter’s creation and served as a founding board member.  I also co-created the Architecture and Design Sustainable Design Leaders Network. I earned a BArch from Rice University and a MSArch from MIT and I currently teach architecture students at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  I’m looking forward to advancing net positive communities in Massachusetts and beyond.


Celis Brisbin: Director of Operations

I am a sustainability professional with a background in business, energy efficiency, and community development. I am excited to continually position myself to work with communities and organizations that are striving to promote sustainable practices and innovation.


Vernette Allen: Grants Programs Manager

My role at USGBC MA Chapter is as Grants Programs Manager. My primary focus is working closely with everyone in the green building community as well be working on new sources of funding, education/training, and workforce development. I hold a B.S. in Business Administration and Master's in Social Work, both from Boston University.


Emily Kingston: Corporate Relations Manager

As the Corporate Relations Manager for USGBC MA, I support fundraising and development by cultivating major sponsors and exhibitors, managing volunteers, and overseeing special events. I'm interested in sustainable resources and green buildings, particularly the balance between environmental management and economic growth. My background is in environmental science, renewable resources, and land management. I hold a MSc in Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation from Nottingham Trent University and a BA in Environmental Science from Clark University.



James Robe: Outreach and Communication Manager

As an Outreach and Communication Manager at USGBC MA, I manage all outgoing communication to our community including email campaigns, social media, website design, and interpersonal communication. My background is largely in graphic design, but I am eager to bring a new technological focus to USGBC MA by focusing on our core technology that we use every day. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a focus on science communication.