Mike McNally
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The election of the candidates slate opens June 17.

The USGBC Board of Directors candidates slate has been announced for 2019.

USGBC’s members influence the future of our community by volunteering to serve on our Board of Directors and participating in its election process. Members have the opportunity to ratify a slate of individuals to serve on the 2019 Board of Directors. These individuals have been selected by the current Board for their deep expertise and broad experience in business and market development, organizational strategy and innovation, and nonprofit governance, as well as in sustainability and the built environment.

The election of the slate opens June 17. Voting will be open for 30 days, through July 16.

2019 USGBC Board of Directors candidates slate

The Board has approved a slate to fill the four director seats open in 2019:

Dan McQuade, McQuade Consulting

Dan McQuade

Dan McQuade is a recognized expert in the design and construction of buildings and infrastructure across a range of market sectors. McQuade is a managing director at Global Infrastructure Solutions (GIS). GIS is a diversified engineering and construction industry enterprise with eight leading construction, program and project management companies.

From 2012 to 2018, McQuade served as the global president for the $8 billion Construction Services Group of AECOM. Under his leadership, AECOM Construction Services’ gross revenue grew from $1.4 billion in 2012 to $8.24 billion in 2018 through both organic and acquisitive investments.

Prior to joining AECOM in July 2010 as part of the AECOM Tishman acquisition, McQuade served as president of Tishman, where he was appointed in October 2005, and oversaw landmark construction in the United States. He first joined AECOM Tishman in 1984 as an entry-level superintendent. Dan is a board member of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and the Construction Industry Round Table. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from Fordham University.

Karen Weigert, Vice President, Business Strategy and Regional Operations, Slipstream

Karen Weigert

Karen Weigert leads the Chicago office and strategic initiatives for Slipstream, a nonprofit that tests, delivers and scales next-generation energy programs and products. She provides leadership in the areas of strategy development and execution that grows Slipstream’s impacts in decarbonization and resilience.

Weigert has delivered new ideas and strong teams as the first chief sustainability officer for the City of Chicago, as a strategy consultant at McKinsey, as a documentary film writer and producer for Carbon Nation, as a new product steward at ShoreBank, as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and as an expert at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Weigert's writing has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune and Real Clear World, and her media appearances include "CBS This Morning," WBEZ and "Chicago Tonight." She has addressed topics including carbon emissions and cities, cyber threats to energy infrastructure, and climate change in the competitiveness of cities, among others.

Specific examples of her work with the city of Chicago include developing and delivering the Sustainable Chicago 2015 Action Agenda; launching the Greencorps Chicago Youth Program; implementing energy benchmarking legislation; leading Chicago Solar Express and Solar Chicago; launching Retrofit Chicago and creating partnerships to deliver.

At ShoreBank (later Urban Parnership Bank), Weigert served as senior vice president , where she built a national consumer group that generated deposits to support environmental sustainability and community development in low- to moderate-income urban neighborhoods. Before her work in community banking, Weigert was a strategy consultant at McKinsey, where she served clients on topics including transportation, finance, energy and land use. She began her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and later served as an appointee in the Clinton administration, focused on global environmental issues and agriculture.

Doug Woods, Co-founder, DPR Construction

Doug Woods

The "D" of DPR Construction, Doug Woods is one of DPR’s three co-founders. With more than 40 years in the industry, Woods serves on the board of directors for this forward-thinking contractor specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects. He is also part of the advisory board for WND Ventures, an investment company focused on changing the way things are done in the AEC industry.

When Woods co-founded DPR in 1990, he had an audacious vision. With an eye toward the future, Woods looks for ways to continuously get better and for new opportunities that move the company and the industry forward. Today, the privately held, employee-owned organization has grown to $6 billion in annual revenue, making it one of the largest general contractors in the United States and a story of entrepreneurial success.

Lakisha Ann Woods, President and CEO, National Institute of Building Sciences

Lakisha Ann Woods

Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, is the president and CEO of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). Woods is responsible for leading the Institute’s dedicated team of professionals, enhancing its value and visibility and growing relationships with its members, clients, public agencies and partners. She also leads efforts to expand the organization’s programs and markets while growing and strengthening its membership base.

Prior to joining NIBS, she was the senior vice president and chief marketing officer at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), where she oversaw a 27-member team responsible for all marketing and revenue-generating programs, including sponsorship sales and partnerships with major national companies.

Woods currently serves on the board of directors for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), is the past chair of ASAE’s Communications Section Council and has spoken at national and international industry events. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in College Park and lives with her husband and daughter in Howard County, Maryland.

How does voting work?

USGBC’s policy of proportional voting enables every full-time employee of a USGBC member organization in good standing to vote. Voting is open to those with a usgbc.org site user account connected to their organization's membership. Each vote cast under the same membership counts as a percentage of the single, aggregate vote allotted to each member organization.

USGBC’s bylaws require that a minimum of 10 percent of USGBC member organizations participate in the election.

The ballot consists of a Board-nominated slate consisting of the four candidates, whose terms will start at the conclusion of the election. Members may approve the slate as a whole, or select a write-in function, where voters may write in a name of their choosing instead of selecting one of the candidate names.