Staff & Board

Chapter Staff

 

Executive Director

Grey Lee greylee@usgbcma.org 

 

Grey Lee (LEED AP BD&C) is the chief facilitator of the US Green Buidling Council community in Massachusetts, serving as our executive director since October 2012. He manages the organization's daily activities and leads the Chapter in achieving our 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, real estate finance, and community engagement. He serves on the boards of two other community organizations in the Boston area and is very active with the Green Catamount alumni network of the University of Vermont. He lives in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Read the 2012 press release here.

 

Grey remarks: “I have been working in the green real estate field for over ten years – as a broker, consultant, trainer and project manager. It is amazing how far the industry has come in this past decade. I'm excited to help facilitate the transition to a sustainable and equitable society into the next decade, leveraging the resources of the powerful community of green building pros in Massachusetts. Every green building that we put together, every sustainability-oriented policy we enact, every environmental advocate we enable, means our future will be more prosperous, more healthful, and more vibrant for all.”

 

Green Schools Program Manager

Stephen Muzzy smuzzy@usgbcma.org

 

Steve was hired in April 2013 to manage the Chapter's growing work in the greening of schools and campuses across Massachusetts. Read the press release here.

 

Steve remarks: "My work the past 5 ½ years has focused on transforming institutions of higher learning into models of sustainability, not just by eliminating their operational greenhouse gas emissions but in how they plan, manage, invest, and most importantly prepare graduates to transition society to just, healthy and sustainable future. Because educational institutions are established and long-standing they have great incentive to invest in their built infrastructure. Beyond the standard benefits of reducing operational costs, improving the health of the occupants, and reducing environmental impact, educational institutions have the unique opportunity to use buildings as part of the educational experience. Allowing students the ability to monitor how their behavior affects the performance of the building – connecting behavior to impact is a powerful teaching tool. I am excited to witness these learning experiences and to expand green building awareness to individuals and institutions that do not believe green buildings are possible for them."

 

Outreach & Communications Manager

Julia Mejia julia@usgbcma.org

Julia Mejia is the new Outreach & Communications Manager for the USGBC MA Chapter. She is responsible for coordinating our outward messaging to prospective members and sponsors. Julia obtained a Bachelors degree from Mount Ida College and developed an expertise in community engagement, marketing and communications. Julia’s previous employment includes Communication/Engagement Strategist at the Center for Social Policy at UMass Boston where she designed and implemented messaging strategies to promote their efforts. Prior to that Julia served as the Campaign Manager for MTV Networks where she successfully launched a national multi-media grassroots effort for political engagement. Julia also wrote, produced and developed creative content for MTV’s hit series True Life, My Super Sweet 16, MADE as well as various award-winning news and documentary specials. 

 

Julia’s remarks: “I bring my experience both in the private sector and in community based work to this endeavor. This results in new thinking about how to engage others, and how to effectively identify and build on their interests and needs.  In addition, marketing and public relations naturally involves community outreach and engagement; these are skills I have honed over the past fifteen years.  I look forward to working closely with our membership to inform, influence and inspire others to be innovative with intent."

 

Board of Directors

The USGBC MA Chapter is governed by a 15 member Board of Directors who represent the breadth of the green building industry. 

 

Executive Committee (2014-2015)

Chair – Jim Newman

Vice Chair – Neil Angus

Treasurer – Carolyn Day

Secretary – Sandy Brock

Past-Chair – Greg Sampson

 

Regional Committee Representatives (Upper Northeast Regional Committee)

Jennifer Taranto (2013-2015)

Conor McGuire (2014-2016)

 
The following is a list of the 2014 Board members broken down by the industry which they represent. 
 
Non-Profit Organization
Mark Dunn, UMass Amherst - Campus Planning
David Straus, A Better City
Phoebe Beierle, USGBC - Boston Public Schools Green Schools Fellow
 
Government
Neil Angus, Devens Enterprise Commission    
 
Architect or Interior Designer
Carolyn Day, DBA-W
Andrea Love, Payette
 
Commercial Real Estate
Chris Liston, CBRE
 
Engineer
Sandra Brock, Nitsch Engineering
Chris Schaffner, The Green Engineer
Erik Ruoff, The Green Engineer
 
Construction or Trades
Conor McGuire, Columbia Construction

Jennifer Taranto, Structuretone

 
Finance, Insurance & Law
Gregory Sampson, Robinson & Cole LLP
 
Other – Sustainability Consulting
Jim Newman, Linnean Solutions