The Chapter

Board Members

Directors at Large

Amelia Doyle

Building on experience with the Emerging Green Builders (EGB), a committee of the U.S. Green Building Council focused on the sustainable development and education of students and young professionals, Amelia continues to thrive in this green community. In 2003, at Greenbuild, Amelia was introduce to the EGB and was instantly inspired by the notion of a diverse group of young, energetic, motivated people getting together to pursue projects and competitions that rose awareness and creatively addressed issues of social, environmental and economic sustainability.

Amelia was looking for a local EGB group in Los Angeles and upon realizing it did not yet exist she founded the EGB-LA in the beginning of 2004. Once EGB-LA was up and running, as Chairperson Amelia represented the group on the Local Leaders Committee, a nationwide network of leaders representing the ever increasing number of EGB groups in the U.S. Soon after, in 2006, Amelia applied and was elected to hold a position with the National Committee of the Emerging Green Builders and in 2007 Amelia was elected Chairperson of the National Committee.

In 2008, with her two-year national term coming to an end, she represented the EGB on the Chapter Steering Committee with the National USGBC. Now, after contributing her volunteer energy at the national level for the last three years, Amelia is excited to focus on local initiatives as the Co-Chair of the Government Affairs Committee.

Jennifer Berthelot-Jelovic

Jennifer Berthelot-Jelovic, is the President and CEO of A SustainAble Production, LLC (ASAP). ASAP is a woman owned, full-service, sustainability and wellness consulting firm based in Los Angeles, CA. ASAP provides an array of holistic consulting services including sustainable, regenerative, resilient and healthy design & construction for single buildings, communities and entire cities; LEED certification; and WELL certification.

Jennifer has extensive experience with the USGBC’s various LEED rating systems including LEED for Homes, New Construction, Core & Shell, Commercial Interiors, LEED for Schools, Retail, LEED Volume and more. Her portfolio brings with it many firsts in the World, States, and respective Cities.  Jennifer also works in Wellness Real Estate™, implementing the various WELL Building Standard certifications as the first Provisional WELL AP Consultant on the West Coast. She is OSHA 30 certified, a LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP Homes and Provisional WELL AP.

As a Partner with Earth and Associates (E+A), Jennifer works with a unique sustainability consultancy firm providing services ranging from single buildings to entire communities; and includes land and master planning, to architectural design, engineering analysis, and construction.

Previously, Jennifer was the Director of Sustainability at Shangri-La Construction. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio University and a Masters in Applied Social Sciences from Case Western Reserve University.

Founding Member of the San Fernando Valley Branch of the USGBC-LA Chapter.  Previously, Jennifer was the Director of Sustainability at Shangri-La Construction. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio University and a Masters in Applied Social Sciences from Case Western Reserve University.

Anthony Brower

Anthony Brower is the Director of Sustainable Design for Gensler’s 46 offices worldwide and also provides direct oversight to their southwest regional presence. A registered Architect and strategist focused on managing the design performance of Gensler’s vast portfolio of buildings and interiors totaling nearly 1 billion square feet annually. Anthony’s personal drivers are steeped in community, education, and the business & management side of sustainability as drivers for impactful change. Key projects include the recently completed Double-Platinum Certified headquarters for BASF, The Broad Museum currently in construction in downtown Los Angeles, and the highly anticipated Farmers Field project slated to bring NFL charged Sundays back to Los Angeles. His Los Angeles office recently released Capacity as well as Gensler’s point of view on healthful materials.  Anthony has degrees in Architecture from the University of Nebraska, is a LEED Accredited Professional with the USGBC, and a licensed Architect in the state of New York. Prior to his work at Gensler, Anthony was an owner’s representative, contractor, and construction manager, responsible for the construction of numerous projects in the New York City metro area.

John Egan is a Principal of EGAN | SIMON architecture in Los Angeles. Sustainable design has always been a cornerstone of John’s practice. He is driven by the principle that investment in progressive architecture benefits the community, creates diversity, and strengthens the urban fabric. Bringing innovative, green solutions to projects has enabled his firm to develop world-renowned, energy-efficient LEED Certified designs, which are recognized by international leaders like President Clinton’s Global Initiative.

John graduated the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture in Los Angeles. At the time, a grassroots movement seeking a solution to a Southern California Affordable Housing crisis was underway. John responded to the crisis by devoting any spare time to providing Architectural services to Non-Profit Housing Developers. This led him become one of the leading non-profit housing designers in Southern California.

John’s affinity for improved urban landscapes was validated through some groundbreaking projects, such as Project Angel Food, serving over 2,000 meals daily to the seriously ill; The S. Mark Taper Shelter Resource Bank, providing goods to over 100,000 homeless individuals in Los Angeles annually; and over 50 Affordable Housing developments, such as Step Up on Vine and Villas at Gower – both LEED Platinum projects.

John is a past commissioner for the California Board of Architects, a member of the American Institute of Architects, a licensed Architect in California and Florida, a LEED Accredited Professional, a board member of the US Green Building Council – Los Angeles, a member of the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH), and a Board Member of HY Architects. He is a returning guest speaker at the annual Housing California conference, as well as the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) Annual Conference and other industry events.

Paul McGunnigle

Paul McGunnigle is the Chief Executive Officer of Howard Building Corporation. He has spent the last forty years in the construction and design industries. He attended Cal Poly, Pomona, School of Environmental Design. He spent three years in the United States Army and attained the rank of Brevet Captain. During a tour in Vietnam he commanded a Ranger company and received seven combat decorations including the Silver Star and Bronze Star.

He maintains contractor’s licenses in California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Colorado as a General and Electrical contractor. As an industry author he has contributed articles to Facilities Magazine, BOMA quarterly, and California Construction Review. He has served on educational panels for Urban Land, BOMA, ASID and IIDA. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the International Interior Design Association, the Urban Land Institute and the International Code Council.

Mr. McGunnigle is active in several charitable organizations. He is the Immediate past Chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement of Southern California, and was presented the JA USA National Gold Leadership award for outstanding efforts in governance in Washington DC. He is a Platinum level contributor to Disabled American Veterans and a Gold level contributor to CASA, a guidance group for foster children in the Court system.

During his career, Mr. McGunnigle has participated in over two thousand five hundred construction projects as both a contractor and a construction manager in both the public and private sector with a range that includes Civil projects, hospitals, laboratories, banks, consulates, recording studios, motion picture sound stages, telecommunications infrastructure, seismic retrofit, historical modification, as well as a plethora of commercial construction projects for many of the largest companies in the country.

Howard Building Corporation has successfully completed projects at every level of LEED Certification including the Herman Miller Showroom, which was the first Platinum level Interiors Project in the state of California and the Google YouTube facility, which was the first project in the nation to attain documented 99% diversion. Mr. McGunnigle has spent the last twenty nine years at Howard Building Corporation, a construction firm that has consistently been listed among the top twenty five construction firms in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal and is the largest firm in Southern California with a focus on Interior Construction. HBC has received eleven Calibre Awards presented by the International Interior Design Association for team excellence in support of the design industry.

Richard Ludt

Richard Ludt, a LEED Accredited Professional, is the Director of Environmental and Public Affairs at Interior Removal Specialist, Inc.

Richard is responsible for complying with California’s heavily regulated solid waste ordinances and coordinates the extensive efforts involved for the recycling of the various construction debris obtained from tenant improvement demolition projects, including E-Waste, Acoustic Ceiling Tiles, carpeting, and over 22,000,000 pounds of drywall.

Working with dozens of nonprofit agencies Richard has overseen the donation of more than 10,000 tons of furniture, cabinetry, and other materials from demolition jobs in Southern California that would have otherwise gone to landfill. The acoustic ceiling tile program that Richard spearheaded was a major contributing factor to Interior Removal Specialist, Inc. receiving the Governors Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in 2005, and transitioned into an exclusive contract with Armstrong Ceilings for all recyclable ceiling tile in the Los Angeles area.


Ruby Rose Yepez
Ruby has over 7 years of experience in project management, building energy and LEED. She has been associated with the completion and management of numerous LEED and sustainable projects. Since graduating from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor of Architecture, Ruby has gained experience in Architecture and Construction, where she was exposed to LEED, and eventually worked for an energy management firm as Director of Operations. In order to expand her knowledge and experience with sustainability and energy efficiency, she has pursued several certifications and still continues to educate herself on up and coming industry programs.
Ms. Sanchez’s LEED experience ranges from LEED-NC to LEED for Homes, predominantly managing and rating LEED for Homes affordable housing projects. She has assisted clients with gaining funding for their affordable projects and guiding them through a successful LEED process. She also has expertise with building energy models to help clients meet LEED and other rebate/ funding/green program requirements for their projects.
Ms. Sanchez is very active in pushing sustainability in her local community through organizing Green Apple Day events. She is currently the Chair of the San Gabriel Valley Branch of USGBC LA Chapter and has a goal to educate local municipalities on means of achieving sustainable and efficient neighborhoods. She is also active with Bike SGV, hosting free yoga for bicyclists and community members.

Shara Castillo


After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in 2005, with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, I was hired by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, an architectural firm in Chicago, joining ZGF in 2007 and subsequently becoming a firmwide leader for ZGF in the area of high-performance and sustainable design practice. Though I am located the firm’s Los Angeles office, I have been responsible for overseeing projects across the country, in cities that have included San Jose, San Diego, Miami, Philadelphia, Dallas, Chicago and Salt Lake City. As project architect, I have been involved in all aspects of the delivery of a diverse portfolio of projects ranging from a 1.25 million-square-foot highrise children’s hospital in the heart of downtown Chicago to a 78,000-square-foot multi-specialty ambulatory clinic in Salt Lake City, and from an urban 234,000-square-foot family justice center courthouse to a 25,000-square-footc corporate interior office. Regardless of project location or scope, each has provided new challenges and the opportunity to collaborate with clients and consultant teams to maximize each project’s potential in terms of exploring unique sustainable strategies and achieving high performance solutions. As a LEED Accredited Professional since 2006, I have been passionate about continuing my education regarding evoking building industry standards and the latest thinking and innovations in building sustainability, and bringing that information to each project with which I am involved. In doing so, I have collaborated with many of the foremost environmental design leaders in the country, who are regarded as industry experts, and as a result of my experience with many design “firsts,” have become an advisor to them on “green” topics, even when we are not working together on a project.

Drew is Founder and Principal at Verdical Group, directly responsible for client satisfaction and oversight on all project management engagements. With experience on more than 75 LEED certification projects nationwide, Verdical Group clients include: General Electric, JLL, Coca Cola, Los Angeles County, Pankow, Ramada Inn, Southern California Gas Company, and Kaiser Permanente. Drew is an experienced green building consultant having worked across a variety of project types including: portfolio programs, new construction, existing buildings, tenant improvements, and core and shell projects. Drew has consulted on a wide range of vertical real estate markets including: commercial office, public sector, healthcare, laboratory, hotel, historic preservation, multi-family residential, museum, restaurant and education buildings.

Prior to founding Verdical Group, Drew was a Project Manager at Fortune 1000 firm, Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL). Drew’s previous experience also includes his role as Project Manager at nationally leading green building consulting firm, and LEED Specialist at Thomas Properties Group (NASDAQ: TPGI). Drew began his career as an Architectural Designer at The Jerde Partnership, a multidisciplinary architecture and urban planning firm.

Drew holds multiple LEED Accredited Professional credentials (LEED AP Legacy, BD+C, and ID+C), is an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects (Assoc. AIA), and a certified Green Globes Professional (GGP). Drew has held leadership positions with the U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA) where he has received numerous awards, and is on the Steering Committee of the Living Building Challenge Los Angeles Collaborative (LBC-LA). He holds a 5-year professional degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame.

Holly is Director of Sustainability at Verdical Group, responsible for senior level project management, strategic sustainability planning, and business development. Holly has worked on hundreds of LEED and sustainability projects for numerous high profile clients throughout her career as a green building consultant and sustainability professional. Such clients include: City of Los Angeles, Starbucks, Southern California Gas, Wells Fargo, FIFA World Cup, UCLA, LADWP, City of Las Vegas, Interface, and Apple. Holly has extensive project experience across the LEED suite (BD+C, ID+C, EBOM, Healthcare, Schools, Volume, and Retail).

Prior to Verdical Group, Holly was Senior Sustainability Consultant at Integral Group where she led all sustainability work for the firm’s Los Angeles office, including master planning, project management, research work and rating system compliance. Additionally, Holly led design teams on high-performance projects achieving LEED Platinum, Living Building Challenge, SITES, and Net Zero Energy. Before Integral Group, Holly worked as Certification Team Lead for the Green Business Certification Institute (GBCI), where she led a team of professional reviewers responsible for LEED project certifications, advised on LEED v2009 and v4 rating system development, and provided technical customer service to international project teams. Holly also served as the subject matter expert in LEED for Healthcare, the technical lead for the Volume program, and advised on sustainability initiatives.

Holly holds a LEED AP BD+C credential and is an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects (Assoc. AIA). She was a past Board Member of the U.S. Green Building Council Inland Empire Chapter (USGBC-IE), and is a current Board Member of the U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA) and member of the Greenbuild LA 2016 Host Committee

Executive Committee Board Members

Russell Fortmeyer


Russell Fortmeyer is a design journalist, electrical engineer, and sustainability consultant with the Los Angeles office of the global engineering firm, Arup, which he fir st joined in 1999. In this capacity, he is involved in master planning, building projects and advanced digital modeling analysis, sustainability framework development, and built environment research.

He is a contributing editor for GreenSource magazine, a technology columnist for Architectural Review Asia Pacific, and frequent contributor to Architectural Record. Russell serves on the boards of the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design and the LA chapter of the US Green Building Council.

He is a member of the applied studies faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and has lectured at numerous architecture schools, including the University of Southern California, University of Sydney, and the University of New South Wales. His key projects have included the LEED Silver-rated Seattle Public Library, LEED Platinum-rated TreePeople Center for Community Forestry in Los Angeles, Kinghorn Cancer Center in Sydney, Australia, and Banner Estrella Medical Center in Phoenix, among many others.

He holds a BS in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University and MA in Architecture from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Edmund Novy


Edmund Novy is a Senior Associate, Portfolio Management at American Realty Advisors (PMRG contractor).  At American, he heads up their sustainability efforts.  His sustainability efforts include the implementation of energy efficiency and water conservation projects, Energy Star benchmarking, LEED certifications, energy procurement and corporate sustainability strategies.  Edmund has presented at conferences hosted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, USGBC Green Build DC and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers.  He recently served as the Treasurer for the McGroarty Arts Center and as a City of Los Angeles Budget Advocate, where he chaired the Pension Plan and Health Care Committee, which provided proposals to the Mayor and City Council concerning budget issues.  Prior to working for American, Edmund worked as a commercial real estate appraiser and served as a civilian contractor in Iraq.  He is also a proud US Navy veteran.  After military service, he graduated from UCLA with a BA in Political Science.  He is currently a LEED Green Associate and is pursuing his graduate degree at Harvard University.

Heidi Creighton


Heidi Creighton is a registered architect and a LEED AP with BD+C and O+M specialties. At BuroHappold, an international engineering firm, she provides sustainability consulting services including master planning, 3rd party certification management, post occupancy evaluation, and social equity design. Heidi works on a range of high-profile, cutting-edge projects within the academic, healthcare, commercial, and residential sectors.

Heidi holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. She has been a member of USGBC-LA since moving to Los Angeles in late 2005 and has been engaged in the community ever since. In 2007, Heidi was the chair of the Tours subcommittee for Greenbuild LA. She was also involved with the USGBC-LA Green Gala Planning Committee in 2006 and 2007.

She is excited to be on the USGBC-LA Board to help shape the future of the LA Chapter and to advance the city’s place at the leading edge of sustainability.

Sara Neff


Sara Neff oversees sustainability initiatives at Kilroy Realty Corporation such as the implementation of energy and water efficiency projects throughout the portfolio, the recycling and green cleaning program, all LEED development certifications, electric vehicle charging station installations, and the greening of building and construction standards. Prior to joining Kilroy, Sara worked at Google and in solar at Idealab, participated in irrigation and soil erosion work in India, and led green consulting projects in Brazil and Argentina. Sara was awarded BOMA’s Generation BOMA Professional of the Year in 2011, USGBC-LA’s Greenspeak Award in 2012, and a Northern California Women of Real Estate Rising Star Award in 2013. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from Stanford University.


Chapter Advisors

Chapter Advisors

Julie Du Brow

Public Relations / Marketing Advisor

dubroWORKS is a Public Relations / Marketing, and Project Management consultancy.  Since 2002, after 15 years as an entertainment executive in marketing, operations, artist management, production and distribution, Julie Du Brow built a Communications firm with a nimble “quarterback” approach that integrates traditional and ever-emerging communications methods to deliver each client’s story uniquely.  Julie has created and led successful media and public awareness campaigns on behalf of environmental and sustainability initiatives, architecture and design, the visual arts, books, independent film, food, trade shows, and non-profits.  From message development and social media, to personal appearances and company launches, dubroWORKS has created millions of impressions for clients that they are truly proud and honored to represent. (

Dominique Hargreaves

Executive Director

Dominique Hargreaves joined the U.S. Green Building Council- LA Chapter (USGBC-LA) in 2008 as the Events Chair while working for a real estate development company in Downtown Los Angeles, and she has served as USGBC-LA’s Education & Program Manager, and now as Executive Director. During her tenure she has doubled its membership, broadened its influence, and cemented its role as a leadership voice in the global sustainability movement.

USGBC-LA’s LEED green building program has been the cornerstone of Dominique’s efforts. Since its national launch more than 2,000 local commercial and residential projects participate in LEED. Nearly 3,000 LEED professional credential holders are engaged in advancing this global movement.

The scope of work at USGBC-LA reaches beyond LEED to include a robust network, participation in the Center for Green Schools, the Center for Green Building and Human Health, and the development and deployment of a variety of technology platforms.

Erica Farr

Community Outreach & Marketing Director

Erica joins the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter in 2016 as the Community Outreach and Marketing Director.  For the past seven years, she has served the USGBC Inland Empire Chapter in the same capacity of providing organization, communication and coordination support.  She brings with her over 10 years of project management experience with electrical construction organizations, as well as LEED projects.  She resides in the Inland Empire with her husband, daughter and dog, Scout.

Fernanda Zuin

Sustainability Program Specialist

Fernanda Zuin joins the U.S. Green Building Council – Los Angeles Chapter in 2016 as the Sustainability Program Specialist. During the last semester, she has served the USGBC-LA as a volunteer providing organizational support for the Annual Green Gala and Sustainable Innovation Awards. As a professional in the sustainability field for over 10 years in Brazil, working for mining and automotive industries, she brings her experience with communities and environmental issues related to the core business of different organizations. She earned her diploma with distinction from UCLA in Sustainability and, as a LEED Green Associate, has been involved with projects related to the promotion of energy and building efficiency.

Heather Rosenberg

Director, LA Resilience Initiative

Heather Rosenberg is a USGBC Ginsberg Fellow and is currently spearheading USGBC-LA’s Building Resilience-LA, a process-based framework for operationalizing social, physical and economic resilience for existing buildings. She has worked on the leading edge of sustainability for more than a 15 years. She is co-author of the USGBC report “Social Equity in the Built Environment,” co-authored the core curriculum for USGBC’s Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide, and writes and blogs extensively on issues of social equity and resilience. She formerly served as a principal at CTG Energetics, where she worked on sustainability and resilience projects at the building, community and city scale. She serves on the City of LA’s Innovation and Performance Commission and the USGBC Task Force on Social Equity


The United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.


The Green Business Certification Institute (GBCI) is an independent, third-party organization committed to ensuring precision in the design, development, and implementation of the processes used to increase and measure green building performance (certification) and green building practice (credentialing). Established in 2008 to administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED ®) Green Building Rating Systems™, GBCI offers the marketplace the highest-level validation that LEED building certifications and LEED professional credentials have met specific, rigorous criteria.



The Green Business Certification Institute (GBCI)
is an independent, third-party organization committed to ensuring precision in the design, development, and implementation of the processes used to increase and measure green building performance (certification) and green building practice (credentialing). Established in 2008 to administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED ®) Green Building Rating Systems™, GBCI offers the marketplace the highest-level validation that LEED building certifications and LEED professional credentials have met specific, rigorous criteria.






Destination: LA

A look at 2015’s best in sustainable design in California’s capital of all things green

Introduction by Dominique Hargreaves: executive director of the USGBC’s LA Chapter

As a world-class destination for shopping, beaches, and celebrity sightings, your LA story depends on where you look. Sustainability in the built environment is all around.Gaze upward, and you’ll find the skyline dotted with cranes. Mixed-use neighborhoods and the soon-to-be tallest hotel on the West Coast are shooting skyward, providing thousands of construction jobs. Along with the newest architectural darling, the Broad Museum, you’ll find historic gems that serve our local government. Don’t miss the LA Department of Water & Power’s John Ferraro Building, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a LEED for Existing Building Certification this year.You can expect to see gridlock traffic, but you can also find yourself with thousands of Angelenos biking or walking down Sunset Boulevard (closed to cars during ciLAvia). At the end of the day, how about becoming carbon neutral by sipping an organic cocktail from the city’s only distillery? Very LA. We welcome you to visit LA in October 2016 when we host the International Greenbuild Conference & Expo for the first time. Until then, read on to see what we’ve been up to in the City of Angels.

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