USGBC-LA is about people – Passionate, practical, and informed professionals and advocates who work together to transform Southern California into a more sustainable region. USGBC-LA is the best place for anyone to learn the “why”, “who” and “how” of living sustainably, because business as usual is not a good option. Volunteers and members believe in a sustainable built environment, gaining education, being exposed to innovation, and taking impactful action.
Chair, Executive Committee
Kilroy Realty Corporation
Senior Vice President, Sustainability
Sara Neff / Chair, Executive Committee
Sara Neff is Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation. In four years, she took Kilroy from having no sustainability program to being named the #1 real estate company on sustainability in North America by GRESB; they have now won three times in a row.
Vice-Chair, Executive Committee
American Realty Advisors
Senior Associate, Portfolio Management
Edmund Novy / Vice-Chair, Executive Committee
At American Realty Advisors, Edmond heads up their sustainability efforts including the implementation of energy efficiency and water conservation projects, Energy Star benchmarking, LEED certifications, energy procurement and corporate sustainability strategies.
Secretary, Executive Committee
FormLA Landscaping, Inc.
Cassy Aoyagi / Secretary, Executive Committee
Cassy Aoyagi, president of FormLA® Landscaping, is an accredited designer in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program and former board president of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants. Aoyagi aims to transform even L.A.’s urban spaces into vibrantly beautiful, optimally sustainable, places to connect with nature.
Treasurer, Executive Committee
Howard Building Corporation
Paul McGunnigle / Treasurer, Executive Committee
Mr. McGunnigle has spent the last thirty-four 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.
Director of Sustainable Design
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.
ZGF Architects, LLP
Shara Castillo received a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin and has 12 years of experience concentrated in technical design and project management. As an associate partner at ZGF, her passion for sustainable design is reflected in her leadership on many LEED-certified projects for higher education and corporate clients.
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.
City of West Hollywood
Senior Sustainability Planner
Robyn is a fun-loving, challenge-seeking professional who strives for excellence in the profession, while enjoying the diversity of people, places, and things that makes the built environment so fascinating and unique. She had advised, facilitated, and supported the creation of district-scale communities of choice that demonstrate excellence in sustainability, resilience, and social equity.
EGAN | SIMON architecture
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.
Southern California Edison
Senior Sustainability Program Manager
Holly has 15 years’ experience in the environmental and sustainability arena and is a LEED and WELL Accredited Professional. Holly is currently the Senior Sustainability Program Manager at Southern California Edison, where she is responsible for their sustainability programs.
Southern California Edison
Manager, Engineering & Design Solutions
Dave is a California Licensed Architect, and manages the Savings By Design and Field Engineering groups for Southern California Edison’s northern territory. His previous design and project management experience includes a broad range of commercial, residential, and institutional buildings.
Senior Project Engineer
Jasmine A. Lomax
Jasmine graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2016 with her degree in Construction Management, and dual minors in Real Property Development, and City & Regional Planning. She serves on the Cal PolyCAED Dean’s Leadership Council, and is also a Cal Poly Alumni Ambassador focused on diversity and inclusion at college fairs in the Los Angeles area. Jasmine is passionate about sustainability, renewable energy, environmental stewardship and green building, contributing extensively on LinkedIn.
Interior Removal Specialist, Inc.
Director of Environmental and Public Affairs
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.
Founder & Principal
Drew Shula is Founder & Principal at Verdical Group, a leading LA-based green building consulting firm. Verdical Group is a 1% for the Planet member company, donating 1% of revenue (not just profit) to environmental nonprofit organizations. The company’s services include: certification project management, Commissioning, Energy Modeling, and Program Management.
Senior Sustainability Consultant
As a Senior Sustainability Consultant for Arup, Seth brings together a broad range of design, operations, planning and public policy expertise to deliver high performance buildings and city-scale sustainability projects. He partners with a diversity of municipal, commercial, hospitality, multifamily, institutional and healthcare clients to develop goals, assessments and implementation strategies around sustainability in the built environment. Always at the forefront of the industry, Seth has extensive experience managing green building certification projects, including LEED, WELL, Living Building Challenge, ENERGY STAR, and others, as well as providing Project Management for MEP engineering projects.
He believes that effective communication is critical to achieving successful project delivery. Seth takes an interdisciplinary approach to facilitating collaboration between all project stakeholders to optimize the environmental performance of building projects. He is an active participant in the local, national and international green building communities, including serving as Chair of the Existing Buildings Committee of USGBC-LA. He has written and presented extensively about sustainability, public policy, social and environmental justice and public health.
Vanir Construction Management, Inc.
Sustainability Project Manager
Jenny Whitson is a Sustainability Project Manager at Vanir, a minority- owned and women-owned construction management firm located in Downtown Los Angeles. She has 11 years of sustainability experience focused on the built environment for over 3.3 million square feet for projects in the private sector commercial, transportation, aviation, mission critical, themed entertainment, municipal buildings, water treatment facilities, and K-12 market sectors. She is responsible for sustainability program and project management across Vanir’s 18 U.S. areas.
Southern CA Edison
Zero Net Energy and Building Energy Code Technical Specialist
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.
Argento / Graham
Annie is a co-founder and principal at Argento / Graham where she brings over 13 years of experience in the green building industry leading project teams to develop high performance buildings. Annie founded the Los Angeles Women in Green speaker series, a quarterly event that bring together leaders in the field of sustainability to network, mentor and inspire.
ForStrategy Consulting Inc.
Robert Fortunato is President of ForStrategy Consulting Inc. As a trusted business advisor, Robert assists clients in empowering themselves with the tools of leadership, strategy and innovation. Robert is the Owner/Builder of Green Idea House as well as the Executive in Residence at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. In this role he coaches a portfolio of cleantech startups and helps build the incubator ecosystem.
The City of Los Angeles
Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer
Dominique is former Executive Director of USGBC-LA with credentials in LEED, WELL, EcoDistricts, Envision, GPRO, and a Real Estate Salesperson License. She’s interested in the intersection of wellness, net zero design, and workforce development.
Founder and President
Daniele Horton is an AIA, LEED Fellow & CEM. She brings over 19 years of experience in sustainable real estate. She is the Founder and President of Verdani Partners where her and the Verdani team manage sustainability programs for large real estate portfolios. Daniele served on our board for 7 years and chaired our Existing Buildings committee for 9 years.
Zero Waste Company
Sofia Ratcovich is a sustainability expert focused on helping clients create socially responsible events. She founded Zero Waste Company (Zero Waste Co) a small woman-owned consulting firm in 2012 and is an official endorser of the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge which promotes the sustainable management of food.
Building Resilience Network
Stacy Sinclair is an environmental scientist with LA Metro, partnering with USGBC-LA to explore perspectives that drive decision-making on issues related to sustainability and resilience.
Okapi Architecture Inc.
A trailblazer, she was actively involved and responsible for the impressive market growth of LEED and CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools). Believing energy efficiency is the solution to energy crisis and climate changes; she has implemented Savings By Design program, from 2003, for all her projects as as architects, later on as owner’s representative.
Principal and Founder
John founded Zinner Consultants in 1990. For his contributions to the field of green building, he was recognized by the USGBC as a LEED Fellow in 2012 and is a member of various industry Boards and Advisory committees. Prior to founding ZC, John served as both Energy Coordinator and Planning Advisor for the City of Los Angeles Office of the Mayor.
“Green buildings are the foundation of what we need to create a truly sustainable society, and it is time for us to not only embrace but envision the future of the green building movement”
A native Angeleno, Ben Stapleton is a recognized sustainability leader, who brings to this position extensive experience and connections across real estate, technology and innovation. He launched and managed the La Kretz Innovation Campus in Downtown Los Angeles, most recently serving as SVP, Operations & Finance for the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI). The Campus has become an epicenter for sustainability in the region featuring events with prominent local, national and international leaders, while being home to a community of cutting-edge businesses and nonprofits. At LACI, Stapleton led major operational growth, program development, and partnerships to triple revenue for the non-profit. Simultaneously, he helped lead efforts that resulted in the La Kretz Innovation Campus becoming an iconic green building for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the City of Los Angeles, with multiple certifications, as well as pilot projects targeting waste, water, and energy efficiency. Stapleton has also held the positions of Managing Director of the LA Better Buildings Challenge and Vice President & Cleantech Practice Group Lead at JLL. He has served on the boards of LA Bioscience Hub and USGBC-LA. Representing competing schools in Los Angeles, Stapleton holds a MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Sustainability Program Manager
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 outreach and environmental issues related to the core business of different type of organizations. Fernanda holds a Bachelor degree in Environmental Engineer and earned her diploma with distinction from UCLA-Extension in Sustainability.
Julie Du Brow
Julie serves as Communications Director for the Chapter and recently served as Interim Executive Director. She is dedicated to addressing climate change through a sustainable and resilient built environment by sharing stories of impactful education and community programs, policy, and partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders. She has also been a longtime volunteer with the Westside Branch.
Community Outreach and Marketing Director
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.
katy robinson consulting
Marketing and Operations
I provide support for small businesses with a conscience and nonprofits that offer social and cultural resources to the community. I choose clients carefully and see their work as an extension of my own character. I work with LEED and green building consultants, environmental and social justice advocates, and pioneering art institutions.
Sharing knowledge with 3,000 people.
Mentoring high school students.
Training janitorial workers.
Building a legacy.
Green Apple Day projects.
Green workforce development.
Green workforce development.