Green Building United Members are invited to vote on this year's slate of candidates for the Board of Directors!

Voting closes Friday, November 23rd at 11:59 pm. 

This incoming class of Board members will serve for a three-year term from December 2018 until November 2021. Members will receive a separate voting form via email. If you have any questions, please contact Leah Wirgau, Education & Engagement Manager. 


Meet the candidates

Scott Compton 

Managing Principle, Klein & Hoffman 

Scott serves as the Managing Principal of Chicago-based Klein and Hoffman's Philadelphia Office, where his responsibilities include general financial oversight, serving as Principal Architect, and representing the firm within the professional community while expanding business development opportunities in the region.

Scott holds a 5-Year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) Degree from Temple University's School of Architecture. He is an NCARB Certificate Holder, a LEED Accredited Professional, and is registered in Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He has presented on Facilities Management topics for Higher Education and Governmental market sectors at ERAPPA, DVAPPA, AICUP, CAI and SCUP conferences, and has addressed legislative issues related to procurement, licensure, and professional practice at the several States Government Network (SGN) conferences nationwide.

Scott is currently serving as AIA Pennsylvania’s 2018 President and served three years as chair of AIA Pennsylvania’s Government Affairs Committee. In these roles, Scott has offered testimony supporting Pennsylvania House and Senate panels on PlanCon School Funding legislation, and on extending Historic Preservation Tax Credits.


What value would you bring as a Board member?

Having been involved in advocacy with the design community since 2007, I have come to understand the power and potential of groups to band together in coalitions to advance common agendas and issues. As past Chair of AIA Pennsylvania’s Government Affairs Committee, I worked to bring together groups focused on design; health, safety & welfare, sustainability, and professional practice issues. Working with Green Building United’s Policy and Advocacy committee has allowed me to bridge the interests of several like-minded groups throughout the commonwealth and into Delaware.

Previous to my work with Klein & Hoffman in Philadelphia, I was a Principal with Entech Engineering where I managed their Facilities Condition Group and was the client manager for the Architect of the Capitol in Washington, DC.. There, I managed the development of the FCA and energy audits of their 17.4 million SF portfolio. I provided similar services to Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania, where I helped develop UPenn’s initial Energy Reduction Fund. Each was an opportunity to advance sustainability efforts within portfolios constrained by preservation, occupant, and budget concerns.

It is my hope that my background in managing large campus portfolios, energy management policy, and legislative advocacy will help Green Building United attain many of their strategic goals. Likewise, my involvement in AIA Pennsylvania, and AIA National, and the Philadelphia Preservation community will help to bring a diverse perspective on the work GBU is trying to achieve in the mid-Atlantic region.

Ariella Maron 

Founder & Principal, Lion Advisors

Ariella started Lion Advisors in 2017 to apply her experience in the development and implementation of energy, sustainability, and land use programs to accelerate climate action progress. Prior to starting Lion, she led strategic consulting services for BuroHappold Engineering’s Cities group, where she managed a number of ambitious and innovative plans related to energy management, deep decarbonization, community resilience, and district-scale planning.

Before consulting, Ariella worked for the City of New York in a few capacities: a planner at the Department of City Planning, an energy policy advisor for the NYC Economic Development Corporation, the Deputy Director of the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, and the Deputy Commissioner for Energy Management. In that role, she created and led the effort to reshape the energy performance of the City's 3,000+ existing buildings and helped establish a non-profit financial corporation that assists in implementing clean energy projects. 


What value would you bring as a Board member?

Over my almost twenty-year career in the private and public sectors, I have led the development and implementation of far reaching solutions to a broad set of urban challenges across the disciples of urban planning, local government policy, infrastructure, and economic development.

I have always been interested in the intersection of policy, design, and technology, and the impact they collectively have on the natural and built environment and on people’s lives. It’s in this space where I have focused my career, bringing together designers, planners, policy makers, and other stakeholders to enhance the sustainability of urban communities.

I plan to bring this experience to my role as a director and help to guide Green Building United’s policy work and partnerships across the city and region.

James M. McNamara II

Senior Procurement Agent, Turner Construction Company

James is currently a member of the Green Building United Development Committee and Former Sustainability Manager for the Philadelphia Branch of Turner Construction Company.

James is a LEED AP and currently the Sr. Procurement Agent for Turner Construction with frequent outreach and contact with construction outfits looking to improve their sustainable efforts.


What value would you bring as a Board member?

I am passionate about the role of sustainability in the need for sustainable development. I believe that sustainable design and planning is key for Philadelphia and the city's advancement as a cultural center and business market.

I understand the role of construction in driving innovation in sustainability and consistently work with colleagues and trade partners to ensure sustainable practices are identified and utilized.

Lisa Shulock

Sustainable Energy Program Manager, The Pennsylvania State University  

Lisa is an accredited LEED AP O+M. She has been leading sustainable energy education and workforce development initiatives at Penn State at the Navy Yard for 5 years. Prior to that she was a consultant at two design and consulting firms: Kitchen & Associates, focused on increasing K&A’s energy efficiency services and Re:Vision where she gained her LEED EBOM capabilities and was the inaugural Re:Vision Fellow.

Lisa founded and was executive director of NPower PA (now Tech Impact), a nonprofit dedicated to empowering communities and nonprofits to use technology to better serve our world. Lisa was operations director at Project HOME and executive director at CHOICE prior to starting NPower. Her earlier career work was managing IT for a large computer manufacturer and working for a Member of Congress responsible for his energy and environment portfolio.

Lisa has her MBA from Yale University and B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont. She has lived in Philadelphia since 1992.


What value would you bring as a Board member?

I have led Penn State’s Navy Yard sustainable energy education and workforce development efforts for five years. I have extensive experience in nonprofit leadership, as executive director of two organizations and board member of multiple local and national nonprofits. I became active in DVGBC in 2013, serving on the Green Build Legacy Committee which was a highly collaborative project with Smith Playground. I then parlayed that experience to co-create Green Building United’s Community Impact Project, a volunteer-led effort which raised more than $10,000 and brought 60 volunteers together to transform a section of Kensington. I am now helping with the latest Community Impact Project at the Vare Washington school in south Philadelphia.

I have been engaged with the Living Building Challenge Community and serve on its steering committee and share leadership of the LBC education committee. I also serve on the Sustainability Symposium planning committee. I am passionate about sustainability and the power of community to transform the world. I believe that Green Building United – now more than ever – with the combined communities of the former DVGBC, GPPHA, LBC-PC,  and its very capable staff and strong programming– is poised to increase its impact. As a board member, I  will bring my nonprofit management acumen, fundraising experience, and commitment to Green Building United’s mission to foster transformative impact in our communities through green building education and advocacy.

Howard Ways

Program Director/Associate Professor, Jefferson University's MS in Real Estate Development Program

Professor Ways has over 20 years of urban planning and real estate development experience and has managed over $900 million of real estate and public facilities projects. Currently he is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the MS in Real Estate Development, a new program launched in 2017.

Previously, Professor Ways served as the Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority of Prince George's County, Maryland, the principal development agency for a metropolitan county of 900,000 residents with a specific focus on mixed income, public private partnership development projects. During his ten years in District of Columbia government, Howard worked on various policy initiatives, including housing policy, helping to rewrite the city’s condemnation law, targeted public investments and workforce development. He also served as the director of Planning and Sustainability for the University of the District of Columbia where he completed the university's first Strategic Sustainability Plan.

Howard has extensive higher education experience and international experience. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association.


What value would you bring as a Board member?

I possess over 20 years of real estate and urban planning experience working in Baltimore, Washington, DC and Prince George’s County, MD. I have successfully managed over $900M in mixed use and public facilities development. I also worked on progressive public policies, including streamlining the implementation of eminent domain, effective property disposition and expanding the green collar job economy.

My policy accomplishments included drafting legislation, program development and implementation. I have over 10 years of experience as an educator, most recently serving as the Associate Professor and Program Director for the new M.S. in Real Estate Development program at Jefferson University.

The primary focus of my career is to help facilitate the physical revitalization of disinvested communities to improve the quality of life for the residents who reside there and to do it an environmentally sustainable way. One project in particular highlights how my career focus can make a difference. In my previous job as Executive Director of the PG County Redevelopment Authority, I provided the vision to acquire a vacant, dilapidated foreclosed home in an economically disinvested part of the County. Instead of doing a standard rehabilitation, I decided to use the opportunity to create a net zero energy, LEED Platinum home that would be affordable to a low-income homebuyer. The project did achieve its targeted goals of net zero and LEED certification and was showcased as a mobile workshop during the Green Build Conference in 2015.

2018 Board Candidate Criteria

The Green Building United Governance Committee will use criteria below to evaluate all nominees. Based on these criteria a ballot will be established with the slate of candidates for the open board seats. During voting, members may vote for or against the entire slate, or for or against individual candidates. 


Nominees should:

  • Bring substantive knowledge and experience related to the organization's mission. 
  • Bring an ability and willingness to help secure funding for the organization's programs through sponsorships, corporate and charitable sources, and other significant sources of funding.
  • Bring an ability and willingness to influence key players and sectors in the industry, including high priority sectors of real estate, corporate, energy/utility, finance, residential and product manufacturers.
  • Have the ability and willingness to abide by the Board of Directors Responsibilities and Expectations.
  • Contribute to the Board’s diversity in geography, skills, and overall perspective.
  • Exhibit a passion for sustainability with the ability to advocate for and support the mission of Green Building United.


The submission of this application constitutes your agreement to the terms listed in the Green Building United Board Responsibilities and Expectations. Please sign your name and date in the form after you have read and agree to the document. If you wish you may send a headshot, which will be posted on the election portion of the Green Building United website if you are selected as a candidate by the Committee; please email headshot to Leah Wirgau


The Nominations Form for the 2018 Green Building United Board of Directors Election has closed.

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