By Grey Lee

Updating our Staff Roster: we have a new full-time staffer at USGBC MA.

Vernette Allen will be managing our grants programs related to workforce development, professional trainings, and other grants to help grow our organization. She comes to us from having participated in the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center's Successful Women in Clean Energy program, and we are really excited to have her on board. She recently managed a multi-year training program for Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) and grants administration at Jewish Vocational Services and Northeastern University. She has an extensive network in the community development realm in Greater Boston.

Welcome, Vernette!

My name is Vernette Allen, my role at USGBC MA Chapter is as Grants Programs Manager. I’m looking forward to working closely with everyone in the green building community. 

My primary focus will be working on new sources of funding, education/training, and workforce development. As well, the Existing Buildings Committee. I hold a B.S. in Business Administration and Master's in Social Work, both from Boston University.

I was born in Jamaica, West Indies and was brought up in Brooklyn, NY.  I was fortunate to learn from an early age the importance of the environment and the need to be a steward. 

I am still passionate about the environment. In the past, I had the opportunity to work with the Franklin Park Coalition. My work included advocacy, stewardship and workforce development. I have worked in the non-profit world for several years in various leadership roles. In these roles, I have planned and developed programs. 

I look forward to meeting and working with everyone, on the USGBC MA mission. 

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