Boards and committees are important to the work USGBC National Capital Region does in helping advance sustainability in the built environment. They help USGBC National Capital Region's mission to "engage, educate and encourage" the greater Washington, D.C., area to embrace and promote green building practices that give us healthier spaces in which to live, work and play.

Market Leadership Advisory Board: Members

  • Avneet Gujral, Senior Project Manager, Sustainable Design Consulting (Co-chair)
  • Mark Bryan, Director, USGBC National Capital Region (Co-chair)
  • Martin Sharpless, Capital Projects Director - Research and Development, Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals LP (Vice-chair)
  • Christopher Davis, Senior Consultant, Sustainable Design Consulting
  • Eric Tilden, Associate Director of Energy and Sustainability, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Giuliana Kunkel, Account Manager, DC Sustainable Energy Utility
  • Joan Kelsch, Green Building Program Manager, Arlington County
  • Jonathan Bauer, Sustainability Manager, The Tower Companies
  • Lida Lewis, Director, Wingate Hughes Architects, PLLC
  • Lindsey Shaw, Manager of Energy and Sustainability Programs, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
  • Marissa Mitzner, Senior Account Executive, Healthy Buildings
  • Michael Powell, Vice President/Regional Development Services Manager, TD Bank
  • Megan Zanella-Litke, Director of Sustainability Programs, American University
  • Neha Vyas, Sustainability Project Manager, GreenShape LLC
  • Smita Chandra Thomas, Principal, Energy Shrink, LLC
  • Susan Dawson, Marketing and Communications Manager, GHT Limited

Education Committee

The Education Committee plans, coordinates and executes targeted educational programs to provide our membership and the greater Washington, D.C., community with the tools and knowledge to create a more sustainable built environment.

For 2018, the Education Committee comprises three subcommittees, each of which plans one or two events focused on the following topics: 1) commercial office development and construction; 2) multi-family residential; and 3) contractor and subcontractor education.

  • Avneet Gujral, Senior Project Manager, Sustainable Design Consulting (Board Liaison)
  • Beth Giltner, Senior Sustainability Specialist, rand* construction (Board Liaison)
  • Derek Gallardo, Director of Business Development, GHT Limited (Board Liaison)
  • Giuliana Kunkel, Account Manager, DC Sustainable Energy Utility (Board Liaison)
  • Kenley Farmer, Associate Director for the Affordability and Efficiency Division, D.C. Department of Energy and the Environment (Board Liaison)
  • Smita Chandra Thomas, Principal, Energy Shrink, LLC (Board Liaison)
  • Todd Anderson, Senior Real Estate Manager, JBG SMITH (Board Liaison)
  • Tom Mitchell, Architectural Sales Director, Ernest Maier (Board Liaison)
  • Anna Rickert, Little
  • Erika Burns, D+R International
  • Evan Auld, ICF International
  • Myrrh Caplan, Skanska
  • Nan Schramm, Environments for Health Architecture
  • Taiyo Francis, Bozzuto

Emerging Professionals Committee

The Emerging Professionals are the energetic and dynamic leaders of tomorrow's green building movement. This is an opportunity for recent graduates to enhance their career opportunities and their communities through a range of fun volunteer and networking activities. The Emerging Professionals program is open to anyone out of school and under age 30.

This year’s Emerging Professionals Committee comprises the following three subcommittees:

  • Community Service: This subcommittee plans and executes volunteer activities focused on bringing sustainable spaces to all in the District, Maryland and Virginia, including Green Apple Day of Service.
  • Professional Development: This subcommittee plans and executes events to support Emerging Professionals in advancing their careers and making connections within the green building industry.
  • Social Engagement: This subcommittee plans networking events to bring together young professionals and industry leaders who are committed to sustainability.

Emerging Professionals Committee members:

  • Liz Resenic, Gensler (Co-chair)
  • Evan Auld, ICF International (Co-chair)
  • Eric Tilden, Cushman & Wakefield (Board Liaison)
  • Marissa Mitzner, Healthy Buildings International (Board Liaison)
  • Eric Abramson, Arc Skoru Inc.
  • Michael Dillon
  • Ursula Fox-Koor, USGBC

The Emerging Professionals Committee is currently working on the initiatives listed above. Please contact Liz Resenic, Committee Chair, for more information or to get involved.

Green Tie Affair Host Committee

The Green Tie Affair Committee plans and executes our annual Green Tie Affair fundraiser. This yearly event regularly brings out hundreds of sustainability professionals from across the DMV to celebrate and connect with others in the local green building community. Responsibilities include helping identify a venue, assisting with fundraising, planning the event theme and activities, event promotion and on-site support.

The 2018 Green Tie Affair took place on March 15 at the District Winery. The call for this committee is currently closed. Please keep an eye out for a call in our newsletter for Green Tie Affair 2019.

  • Angi Rivera, GreenShape (Board Liaison)
  • Justin Baker, Lilker EMO (Co-chair)
  • Melissa Morancy, AIA (Co-chair)
  • Gail Young, Sustainable Building Partners
  • Helaine Cooper, Tellabs
  • Kaitlin O'Connor, GHT Ltd.
  • Randi Davis, Streetsense
  • Suzi Warren, Water Alliance

A Midsummer Night’s Green Host Committee

A Midsummer Night’s Green is USGBC National Capital Region’s biggest networking event and fundraiser. It has historically brought together an average of more than 350 sustainability leaders for a night of socializing, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. It’s where we honor our best and brightest projects and local community members with our annual Community Leader Awards. Members of this host committee help identify a venue, assist with fundraising, plan the event theme and activities, promote the event and support the event on-site. The 2018 event took place on July 19 at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.

The call for this committee is currently closed. Please keep an eye out for a call in our newsletter for A Midsummer Night's Green in 2019.

Montgomery County Committee

The Montgomery County Branch Committee offers locally relevant education events, networking and social gatherings and tours of LEED-certified buildings in the county. It also tracks local advocacy issues, including the implementation of the IgCC and upcoming energy data regulations. Its premier event of the year is the Montgomery County Energy Summit, which is co-hosted by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The 2018 event took place on April 4 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

  • Bala Srini, DVA Architects (Co-chair)
  • Jonathan Bauer, Tower Companies (Co-chair)
  • Angi Rivera, GreenShape (Board Liaison)
  • Lindsey Shaw, MCDEP (Board Liaison)
  • Alok Kumar, NIKA
  • Erica Shingara, DEPW, Rockville
  • Karen Anderson
  • Molly Medlin
  • Rene Holder, GPI
  • Sarah Rentfro, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
  • Srini Vanga, Michael Baker International
  • Steve Beatrice, Boland

The call for this committee is currently closed. Please keep an eye out for a call in our newsletter for the Montgomery County Energy Summit in 2019.

Women in Green Host Committee

The Women in Green Host Committee plans two events celebrating women in the local green building movement who are at the top of their game. Committee member responsibilities include helping identify panelists and activities, assisting with fundraising, promoting events and on-site event support.

  • Gautami Palanki, Arc Skoru Inc. (Co-chair)
  • Myrrh Caplan, Skanska (Co-chair)
  • Beth Giltner, *rand Construction (Board Liaison)
  • Joan Kelsch, Arlington County (Board Liaison)
  • Lida Lewis, HKS Architects (Board Liaison)
  • Abby Camacho, Preston Drake Architects
  • Aine Doyle, Page
  • Anne Crawley, RSN Consulting
  • Hsiao-Wei Yeh, PH Design
  • Megan Litke, American University
  • Melissa Morancy, AIA
  • Rashi Gupta, Robinson Nature Center
  • Rose Hutson, Skanska
  • Susan Dawson, GHT Limited
  • Suzi Warren, US Water Alliance

The call for this committee is currently closed. Please keep an eye out for a call in our newsletter for Women in Green in 2019.

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee celebrates and inspires exceptional LEED projects and sustainability initiatives across the DMV region. Communications Committee members author articles and case studies for the USGBC website, plan and execute social media campaigns, and assist USGC National Capital Region with developing long term communications strategies.

The Call for Communications Committee members is forthcoming. Please watch our newsletter for an announcement.