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

Voting closes Wednesday, December 15th at 11:59 pm or when 10 percent of members have voted.

This incoming class of Board members will serve for a three-year term from January 2022 until December 2024. If you have any questions, please contact Marjorie Alexander, Education & Engagement Director. 

See board candidate criteria and election timeline.

Members can vote for the entire slate, withhold from voting for the slate, or vote only for certain individuals. See the bottom of the page for the voting form.


Meet the candidates

Candidate 1

Uma Pattarkine (new-elect)

Global ESG Lead & Investment Strategy Senior Analyst, CenterSquare Investment Management

Uma Pattarkine is the Global ESG Lead & Investment Strategy Senior Analyst leading the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy to incorporate ESG into investment decision-making and management of global listed and direct real estate investments across CenterSquare's $15b assets under management. Through that experience, Uma brings the investor’s perspective associated with the environmental and social considerations associated with real estate investments. Major sources of capital for real estate - pension funds, global asset managers, even high net worth families - are starting to pay attention to environmental and social risks and opportunities while assessing real estate investments. Uma’s work is built around bridging the real estate investment world with the green building world – understanding and explaining how and why more sustainable, healthy, and resilient buildings result in superior cash flows and therefore are financially and economically superior long-term investments compared to those that are not. As Green Building United works to promote the development of buildings that are sustainable, healthy, and resilient across the region, Uma’s insights into how private investment can play a role in this mission will be valuable. Uma also focuses on sustainability of a real estate investment past just the environmental aspects and also includes the social aspects – the health and wellness of its occupants and communities as well as impacts of the built environment on the diversity, equity, and inclusion across the community.

Candidate 2

Sangeetha Sambandam (new-elect)

Associate/Designer, WRT, LLC

Sangeetha is a Project Architect and Certified Passive House Consultant at WRT, LLC. She is a leader at WRT’s housing and neighborhoods practice. She has extensively worked on affordable housing projects designed to meet high performance building standards including the Passive House standards. She advocates for thoughtful, implementable, sustainable design solutions. She is continually advancing the firm’s discourse surrounding embodied carbon. As a certified Passive House consultant (CPHC), LEED AP BD+C, WELL accredited professional, and Living Future accredited professional (LFA), many peers seek her out as a resource, where she is incredibly generous with her time and energy. Through this leadership, she encourages an active exchange of ideas expanding the knowledgebase within the practice and contributing to long-term sustainability goals

Candidate 3

Ariella Maron (re-elect)

Founder and Principal, Lion Advisors for Community and Environment

Ariella has 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. Working in both the public and private sectors, she has had the opportunity to lead the development and implementation of far-reaching solutions to a broad set of urban challenges across the disciplines of urban planning, infrastructure, and economic and community development. In 2017, Ariella started Lion Advisors for Community and Environment to apply her experience to help communities tackle the twin challenges of inequality and climate change. Her clients and collaborators include community organizations, local governments, regional authorities, national environmental organizations, and philanthropy. Ariella is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and an active member of the GBU Board, participating in the Governance, Policy and Advocacy, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committees.

Candidate 4

James McNamara (re-elect)

Manager of Business Development, Turner Construction Company
LEED AP, DBIA Professional

Jim is the Manager of Business Development for the Philadelphia Business Unit of Turner Construction Company, the largest Green Building contractor in the World. Along with his current role, Jim was previously the Sustainability Manager for Turner’s Philadelphia Business Unit, overseeing the office’s Green initiatives while helping with projects and their Green pursuits. In his time at Turner, Jim has worked on both LEED and Green Globes certified projects, and previously was active within the trade & subcontractor market providing ample opportunity to review sustainable building and business practices. Jim is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Candidate 5

Lisa Shulock (re-elect)

Consultant, Twice Green Consulting

Lisa is an independent consultant working with organizations contributing to a clean energy future. 2021 clients include the Philadelphia Energy Authority and Indigenized Energy Initiative. She led sustainable energy education and workforce development initiatives at Penn State at the Navy Yard from 2014-2018. Prior to that she was a consultant at two design and consulting firms, Re:Vision and Kitchen & Associates. Lisa has her MBA from Yale University and B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont. Lisa is passionate about sustainability and the power of community to transform the world. Lisa has been an active volunteer with Green Building United since 2012 and currently serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Governance Committee.   

Candidate 6

Lindsey Walaski (re-elect)

Project Mechanical Engineer, Spotts, Stevens and McCoy

Lindsey is a mechanical engineer at Practical Energy Solutions, a Division of Spotts, Stevens, and McCoy. Her career experience and personal commitment to sustainability can bring valuable experience to the Board of Directors at Green Building United and further the mission to generate positive impacts in communities through the advancement of sustainable buildings. Her current role provides multi-faceted and on-the-ground experience working in buildings through surveying building systems, discussing maintenance and capital planning priorities with management staff, and analyzing operational and energy procurement data. This understanding of building management priorities and opportunities can be applied to create realistic, valuable, and sustainable solutions to support the mission of GBU. 


Her advocacy and communication experience will also be valuable in engaging with key partners and sectors. She has strong communication skills to work with a variety of audiences to convey complex technical concepts, highlight the benefits of reducing their energy and carbon footprint, and encourage adoption of energy savings projects and behaviors. Through volunteering with the GBU Policy Committee and as an EDF Action Ambassador, she has successfully advocated in favor of green building and environmental stewardship legislation through concise and accurate messaging, tailored towards the priorities of the audience.  


She also serves on the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy Board of the Philadelphia Chapter. Lindsey has her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Union College, and her M.S. in Sustainable Engineering from Villanova University.

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