For the past 15 years, Marni’s been on a mission to inspire and connect
leaders to ignite their green building passion into sustainability action.
Since 2014, her role with the Technical Customer Service Team at USGBC allows
her to work directly with visionary architects, engineers, facilities
managers and building and land owners from around the world, whom are
transforming the development industry using LEED, SITES and WELL.
Trained as an architect - turned green building consultant and educator -
Marni’s LEED project experience spans over 40 projects, of all types and
sizes. Past projects include Mexico City’s iconic LEED EBOM Gold Torre
Mayor (the second tallest skyscraper in Latin America), GreenFab’s LEED for
Homes Platinum affordable modular home series and Starbucks first LEED CI
retail store (while employed at Paladino and Company), to name just
Also while at Paladino, Marni supported growth of the LEED Rating System and
USGBC, as one of the first ten LEED Reviewers in the US. She was also the
first LEED Reviewer on behalf of the Canada Green Building Council.
At the chapter level, Marni became the Washington State Director of the
Cascadia Green Building Council, based in Seattle, Washington, to roll out
over 40 regional educational programs and launch two conferences, Engineering
Green and the Living Future UnConference (the first international conference
celebrating Living Buildings).
Now residing in Austin, Texas, she actively supports the USGBC Central Texas
Balcones chapter as a volunteer and she is currently putting the finishing
touches on the 2015 City of Dallas Sustainable Operations and Maintenance
plan for their portfolio of over 500 buildings.
Other past stints include Sustainability Writer for the New York Times
About.com website and developing the certification process for the
Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) in collaboration with GBCI.
With a love of public speaking, Marni promotes LEED and green building as a
springboard for personal transformation - always pushing the edge, as we know
it. Check out her latest TEDx talk at
A graduate of the Montana State University – Bozeman School of Architecture
(M Arch and BA In Environmental Design), Marni also holds the Sustainable
Building Advisor Certificate, LEED AP BD + C and became a LEED AP in 2003.
For fun, Marni loves vegan cooking with fresh produce from the farmers
market, yoga, camping and bike riding, alongside voracious reading and
alt-country two-stepping in the live music capital of the world.