How It All Works

We invite you to nominate yourself or a community member to become a USGBC MA Board Member.


Board members are elected by active members of USGBC MA. Nominations open December 23rd, 2019 and end on January 9th, 2020. The elections open on January 13th, 2020 and close on January 28th, 2020 at the Annual General Meeting.

Board Election Categories

To align with our strategic plan, we are seeking the representation of experts from a variety of sectors involved in the design, construction, and operation of our built environment. One person per category will be elected.

Positions Available:

  • Architect Representative | Current Incumbent: Jana Silsby
  • Developer Representative | Current Incumbent: Brad Mahoney
  • Clean Tech Representative | Current Incumbent: Galen Nelson
  • Engineer Representative | Open Seat
  • Contractor Representative | Open Seat
  • Open Seat*

*For the unspecified open seat, we are seeking someone who best fits one of these sought out sectors: manufacturing, waste management, and interior designer. While it isn’t mandatory that the next board member fit these requirements perfectly, we will prefer applicants who do fall into one of those three sectors. 

    Job Description

    USGBC MA is seeking leaders from our community to join our Board of Directors. Serving on our Board of Directors is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual to serve our community and advance the sustainability of the built environment. The ideal candidate is passionate about strengthening leadership and governance in the nonprofit sector.

    The USGBC MA Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from the nonprofit and for-profits across the built environment industry who are dedicated to the organization’s mission. Our board members champion the importance of leadership and believe that every organization needs an effective board to fully realize its potential for good. In addition to the standard roles and responsibilities of a board member, our board members are active advocates and ambassadors for the organization, and are fully engaged in securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for USGBC MA to advance its mission.

    US Green Building Council Massachusetts Chapter is a 501(c)(3) member-based organization. Our mission is to drive sustainable and regenerative design, construction and operations of the built environment. The Chapter’s strengths are its power to convene a wide variety of stakeholders in the industry and beyond, and its ability to provide a wide variety of programming such as green building education, networking events, advocacy, and leadership opportunities. Our activities are supported and enhanced by the volunteer efforts of our community members and are directed to inform the public on green building practices and transform the market.

    Title: Director, USGBC MA Board of Directors

    Term: Directors are currently elected for a term of two years, and may serve for a maximum of three consecutive terms. The Board of Directors is considering changing the term of service from two to three years, and changing the maximum number of consecutive terms from three to two. The Board of Directors will notify the Members of any such changes.

    Board members are elected by the membership at the USGBC MA Annual General Meeting in January 2020. The board term begins in February 2020.

    A USGBC MA Board Member…

    • Has knowledge of USGBC MA mission, goals, and objectives and is able to promote them effectively;
    • Has the experience and influence needed by USGBC MA and/or can also represent one or more districts that can help balance the Board’s membership;
    • Has showcased leadership skills in their community and can use their experience to successfully work with the rest of the Board and its committees;
    • Is capable of being an active public representative of the organization and can successfully include others in the work of USGBC MA;
    • Is a member in good standing of USGBC MA. Double-check your membership status by clicking the green MEMBERSHIP button in the upper right-hand corner of our website’s menu.

    The Board as a whole cannot have more than two directors from the same company or organization at a time.

    Board members are expected to…

    • review financial statements and the budget and to otherwise help the board fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities;
    • familiarize themselves with Chapter bylaws and other organizational documents;
    • attend at minimum fifty percent of board meetings per year either in person or virtually. They are expected to read board materials in advance of board meetings and to come prepared to ask questions and participate in discussions. Currently the board meets once per month at the USGBC MA office;
    • serve on one or more committees of the board and to actively participate in committee work.  Current committees include; Branding, Strategic Planning, Development, Board Evolution, and Membership;
    • play an active role in securing the financial resources necessary for USGBC MA to achieve its mission. Board members are expected to leverage personal relationships and connections to help the staff identify and solicit potential funders, as well as making a personal contribution each year;
    • responsibly represent the organization to their respective communities and to advocate for USGBC MA’s mission, programs, and services as appropriate.

    Each board member is required to vote and have an informed decision after a thorough assessment of an issue. Specific tasks which will need groundwork and a vote by Board members include:

    • Decisions on policies, goals, objectives, and priorities;
    • Collaboration with other Board members and staff in the process, updates, and approval of specific strategies and objectives;
    • Nominate and vote officers for the USGBC MA Board;
    • Oversee and evaluate the strength and success of the projects and programs and make sure that these projects and programs are reaching the appropriate goals needed by the organization;
    • Approve and oversee operation, property, and equipment budgets;
    • Facilitate selection, employment, and evaluation of the Executive Director;
    • Support the Executive Director in fulfilling their job duties;
    • Review and update Strategic Plan as required.

    USGBC MA seeks an experienced green industry professional who has connections and the ability to bring new members/sponsors to the organization. We seek a board leader to help cultivate the board’s leadership role in support of staff as part of a broader commitment to increase awareness about the importance of our mission, influence public policy, and expand our reach. Preference for candidates who have prior board member experience.

    2019 Board of Directors

    Barbra Batshalom, Chair
    Sustainable Performance Institute, Founder

    John Dalzell, Vice-Chair
    Boston Redevelopment Authority, Senior Architect

    Carrie Havey, Secretary
    The Green Engineer, Project Manager

    John “JC” Courtney, Treasurer
    Business Development Manager, Data Analytics, Siemens

    Kimberly Cullinane, At Large Member
    Senior Energy Efficiency Consultant, Eversource

    Brad Mahoney, Director
    Senior Project Manager, MP Boston

    Jim Stanislaski, Director
    Senior Associate, Gensler

    Jana Silsby, Director
    Principal, Perkins Eastman

    Rebecca Hatchadorian, Director
    Associate, Arup

    Jenna Dancewicz, Director
    Project Manager, Suffolk

    Henrietta Davis, Director
    Former Mayor, City of Cambridge

    Samira Ahmadi, Director
    Founding Principal, enviENERGY Studio

    Michael Fiorillo, Director
    Director of Sustainable Design, Boston Architectural College

    Johanna Jobin, Director
    Corporate Affairs, PO&T, Biogen

    Galen Nelson, Director
    Senior Director of Innovation and Industry Support, MassCEC

    Learn more about the current and past Board of Directors at our Board of Directors website.

    View this Year’s Candidates