USGBC-NCC Board of Directors 2011


Panama Bartholomy
Deputy Director for the Efficiency and Renewables Division
California Energy Commission

Panama Bartholomy

Panama Bartholomy is Deputy Director for the Efficiency and Renewables Division California Energy Commission, where he works on climate change, land use, renewable energy, transmission, green building, and biofuels policy. He is a board member for the Humboldt Bay Center for Sustainable Living. He serves on the City of Sacramento's Planning Commission and General Plan Advisory Committee and is a Commissioner on the County of Sacramento's Environmental Commission. He previously worked for the California Conservation Corps on vocational environmental education and the Division of the State Architect where he ran the Sustainable Schools program.

Vice President

Brandon Tinianov, LEED AP ID+C
Chief Technology Officer
Serious Materials

Brandon Tinianov

Dr. Tinianov is a recognized expert in building science and in the creation and patenting of novel construction materials to support global sustainability initiatives.  A registered Professional Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional, and consistent Bay Area bike commuter, Dr. Tinianov is devoted to implementing globally sustainable practices in both his professional and personal life.  Brandon is an experienced leader of volunteer organizations, serving for two years as the founding chairman of the USGBC-NCC Silicon Valley Branch and also serving as an Executive Officer of American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee E60 on Sustainability. He often serves as an adviser and a “designated expert” on various ISO and ANSI working groups on the topics building and environmental design.

Prior to joining Serious Materials in 2004, Dr. Tinianov provided eight years of leadership to the Building Sciences and Engineering Applications Center of Excellence at Johns Manville Corporation in Denver, CO, where his areas of focus included noise and vibration control and energy management.  As an inventor, Dr. Tinianov has 12 issued patents and holds more than twenty pending applications.


Meade Boutwell
Senior Vice President
CB Richard Ellis, Inc.


Meade N. Boutwell has been involved in commercial real estate in San Francisco for the past 23 years. He specializes in office leasing and investment sales, with extensive experience in tenant and property representation. Mr. Boutwell consistently ranks as one of the top leasing agents in San Francisco. In total, he has sold, leased, or subleased over 7 million square feet of commercial space in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Prior to joining CB Richard Ellis in March 2005, Meade was a Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield, where he was consistently a top producer. He was awarded Cushman & Wakefield’s Northern California Region Deal of the Year in 1998 and 1999, and received Top Producer qualification at their National Achievement Conference in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.

Mr. Boutwell was born in Portland, Oregon, and is a graduate of Oregon State University. He is an active member of CoreNet Global, NAIOP and ULI, and serves on the Board of Trustees of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.


Thomas Tewksbury, LEED AP
Vice President
SKS Investments

Thomas Tewksbury

Tom has over ten years of experience in financial modeling and forecasting. He currently works for SKS Investments, which is a developer and operator of transit oriented projects in the Bay area.  In his role as a Vice President at SKS, he is responsible for capital markets and the underwriting and analysis of all SKS’s projects.  

Prior to joining SKS, Mr. Tewskbury was with Johnson & Johnson, LifeScan, where he was responsible for analyzing and forecasting all contract, channel, and mix effects for US sales. Tom was also an analyst for the International Monetary Fund where he forecasted and established commodity benchmark prices in order to support economic bailout programs. Tom holds a BA degree in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is also a LEED Accredited Professional, and a member of both ULI and SPUR.

Directors at Large

Jim Coyle, LEED AP
Senior Project Manager
Pankow Builders

jim_coyle_photo Jim Coyle is a leader in green building services at Pankow Builders. His professional career has spanned 15 years at Pankow, constructing projects in Los Angeles, New York, Oregon and throughout the Bay Area. These have spanned from large scale civic projects, to urban infill/mixed-use, to interior improvements. Mr. Coyle is a past board member of CSI San Francisco, and a past chair of its Green Committee. He is a member of the BOMA Environment Committee, the Sierra Club, and active in many other sustainable minded organizations. Mr. Coyle is also a member of the Pankow Green Strategic Planning Committee, implementing best practices in Pankow’s internal and external operations.

Grant French
Corporate Sustainability Manager
Swinerton Builders
Grant French

As Corporate Sustainability Manager at Swinerton Builders, Grant French provides data and intelligence to each office of the Swinerton family of companies, to stimulate and support the successful pursuit and execution of Green and LEED projects. He provides input in the RFQ and Proposal Process for Green/LEED Projects and also serves as a Green resource throughout project delivery. Grant initiates and manages job-specific and LEED Accreditation Green Training Programs. On an ongoing basis, he works with various teams to evaluate and strive towards continual improvement in jobsite and office sustainable practices. Mr. French’s project experience includes: Orchard Garden Hotel, San Francisco, CA; Orchard Hotel, San Francisco, CA; Jane D’Anza Convent, San Rafael, CA; Golden Gate Park Music Concourse and Underground Parking Facility, San Francisco, CA; and River Rock Casino, Geyserville, CA. His professional experience prior to joining Swinerton Builders includes work with William McDonough+Partners, Institute for the Built Environment, The Hoffman Corporation and McRaven Restorations.

Lisa Galley
Founder and Principal
Galley Eco Capital, LLC

Lisa Michelle Galley is the Founder and Principal of Galley Eco Capital, a green building financial consulting firm. Formerly, Ms. Galley was a senior real estate banker representing HSH Nordbank.  Ms. Galley’s background gives her an extensive reach within the institutional real estate and financial services communities to benefit the USGBC.

In her work as a banker,  Ms. Galley has helped build real estate finance businesses out of Germany, New York and San Francisco. Her expertise also extends to sustainable real estate, where she has arranged finance transactions for green real estate as well as participated actively in sustainable real estate thought leadership. She is a sought after speaker and adviser on commercial real estate finance, underwriting and lending on green real estate, urban sustainability, and innovating financial services. She is also the author of Our Green Journey, which contains articles on the emerging issues and trends in financing and investing in green real estate.

Kevin Hydes
Integral Group
Kevin Hydes

Kevin Hydes has spent the past 15 years focusing on green design and advancing its cause. Mr. Hydes is a long-time leader in the field of sustainability in North America and abroad and widely recognized for his contributions to the building industry. Over the past decade he has gained a reputation as an innovator and a pioneer as a green business leader, creating transformative strategies as President of Keen Engineering and Vice President of Stantec.

His project at York University was awarded “Green Building of the Year” from World Architecture. He is Former Chair of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), past Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council and a co-founder of its Canadian counterpart, the Canada Green Building Council. Kevin serves as a faculty member to the USGBC and CaGBC. Mr. Hydes is also an Honorary Member of both the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Architectural Institute of British Columbia. He is a Professional Engineer in 6 states in North America and in the UK. Mr. Hydes is fundamentally an optimist and believes that every building can be green and should be greener, combining both innovation with replication to deliver high value solutions.

Ian Kim
Director, Green-Collar Jobs Campaign
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights 
Ian Kim

Ian Kim is Director of the Green-Collar Jobs Campaign at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. He is a coalition builder and policy advocate. The Green-Collar Jobs Campaign advocates for policy solutions that can build a strong, equitable and green economy. Statewide, the Campaign convenes the California Green Recovery Network, a multi-sector alliance for a green economic recovery. In 2010, the Campaign successfully led a coalition (Communities United Against Proposition 23) mobilizing voters of color against a major polluter ballot proposition. In Oakland, the Campaign is building a movement for the boldest, most equitable, and most creative climate plan of any city in the U.S. 

In previous years, the Green-Collar Jobs Campaign championed a local demonstration project called the Oakland Green Jobs Corps to showcase job training that can provide green pathways out of poverty; and the Campaign played a central role in winning pathways out of poverty as part of the federal Green Jobs Act of 2007, which authorizes 5 million annually for green job training (and was funded at 0 million in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act).

Mr. Kim serves on the Oakland Workforce Investment Board and was Vice-Chair of the Oakland Oil Independence Task Force. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the California Apollo Alliance and the Executive Committee of the California EDGE Campaign. Ian holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Bridgit Koller, LEED AP BD+C
Project Manager
Northern California Division
Warmington Residential California

Bridgit Koller

Bridgit Koller offers the perspective of large scale production homebuilding from experience as a regional board member of the local branch of the HBA (Homebuilders Association), as a past senior manager and corporate officer of a public homebuilder, and as a consultant to the production builders.  At the same time she has a deep personal and professional commitment to climate change and green building.  She is a founding member of the Diablo East Bay Branch of USGBC-NCC where she remains on the branch steering committee and has actively worked to advance education and outreach in that area. She possesses the unique ability to pragmatically balance potentially competing elements and has the desire to advance green building and education in a way that is tangible and non-threatening to all.

Ms. Koller, is currently Principal of Koller: Real Estate Development, specializing in entitlements and project management.  She has 25 years of residential, commercial and public development experience, including Vice President of Forward Planning for DR Horton, 12 years in land use planning, entitlements, and project management, 10 of those with large public homebuilders, and 13 years in civil engineering design/survey.  She has worked on LEED-ND and LEED for Home projects. She is a LEED AP.

Matt Macko, LEED AP O+M
Environmental Building Strategies  
Matt Macko

Through hands-on experience in the construction and development fields, Matt Macko came to appreciate firsthand the need for progress in green building. From the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, Mr. Macko received degrees in both economics and finance as well as an Entrepreneurial Certification. Meanwhile, he was the President of the University of Colorado's Real Estate Club and the owner of two successful businesses. During schooling and as a post-graduate, Mr. Macko successfully built and managed one of the greenest residential projects in Connecticut. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, RESNET Energy Rater, Certified Green Building Professional, and Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, as well as Chair of the Bay Area LEED Users Group (BAyLUG), board member of the California Deconstruction and Reuse Network, active member of the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC, and member of the Emerging Professionals committee. Mr. Macko  co-wrote the LEED 2009 exam. As a result, he regularly presents on the changes to LEED throughout Northern California.

Dennis Murphy
Seasonal Energy, Inc.

Dennis Murphy

Dennis Murphy is on a mission to cool and heat buildings at scale utilizing the vast thermal battery potential of the ground below our feet. As part of the founding team at Seasonal Energy, Inc., he is commercializing Smart Thermosiphon Array thermal storage technology for a variety of large-scale applications. With a career arc spanning design to demolition and data to heat networks, Dennis filled business development and executive roles at Potter Drilling and GroundSource Geo. At GroundSource, he led a team that won a Clean Tech Open Sustainability Award and produced the “Project Negatherm ” research report for the California Energy Commission. Dennis is active in clean tech and energy efficiency policy, has been deeply involved in NCC Advocacy and is the founding and current chair of USGBC California.

Remi Tan, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Architect
Manager & Founder

S.A.A. Equities, LLC


Remi Tan

Remi Tan is a licensed senior architect, sustainability consultant, and real estate broker with 21 years of experience in a broad range of domestic and international commercial and residential projects.   He is an expert in all aspects of sustainable design – siting, energy conservation, sustainable materials, and smart growth. Mr. Tan is currently working on the new LEED-NC Platinum SFPUC building with KMD|Stevens.  Previously, Mr. Tan was the sustainability manager at Heller Manus Architects, where he lead the design and LEED submittal for the Emeryville Marketplace project, the first LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot Platinum Stage-1 project in the country. He oversaw sustainability of all projects, including the first LEED-CS-Gold office tower in SF, and sustainability concepts for several large urban master-plans in China.

Mr. Tan is co-vice-chair of Pacifica’s Green Building Taskforce developing Pacifica’s green building ordinance, and was a former planning commissioner there.  He serves on the Greenbelt Alliance’s review team for endorsing smart-growth projects, the Pacifica School District’s Green Committee, and SPUR’s Sustainable Development committee. Mr. Tan graduated with high-honors from UC Berkeley’s CED with a BA Architecture and a minor in City and Regional Planning in 1988, where he studied sustainability early on with the Building Science and the Conservation Resource Studies Departments.

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Wendel Rosen Black & Dean, LLP


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