Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) has announced its 2019 class of LEED Fellows, an annual recognition of outstanding LEED professionals and the most prestigious credential awarded by GBCI. This year’s 29 LEED Fellows are exceptional practitioners and leaders within the green building community and have demonstrated mastery of the technical application of LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating system.

“People have always been at the heart of green buildings and this year’s LEED Fellows represent an important group of professionals who play a vital role in shaping the future of our work,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO GBCI and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). “These Fellows have used LEED to deliver on key sustainability goals that have the power to improve lives and create healthier buildings and communities for us all to enjoy. Their work has contributed to the continued growth of LEED and green buildings around the world and we’re stronger because of their dedication and commitment to a better future.”


The 2019 LEED Fellows include:

Adriana Petrella Hansen, CTE

Allison Cunningham, Ecoworks Studio

Amanda Atkinson, Holder Construction

Avneet Gujral, Sustainable Design Consulting Caroline Havey, The Green Engineer Dario Ibarguengoitia, IBALCA SA de CV Diego Ibarra, EA Buildings Eden Brukman, San Francisco Department of the Environment Emre Ilicali, Altensis Jeremy Knoll, BNIM Architects Joel Stout, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

Jonathan Weiss, Jacobs

Joseph Marfi, Turner Construction

Kim Lombard, AECOM

Kwok May Han Grace, Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited Lauren Wallace, Epsten Group, Inc.

Lindsey Perez, DLR Group

Lourdes Salinas, THREE Environmental Consulting Michelle DeLora, SchenkelShultz Noreen Richards, Verdacity Paul Hutton, Cuningham Group Architecture Qiang Zhang, KKECO Ramana Koti, Lord Aeck Sargent, A Katerra Company Sandy Mendler, Mithun Sarah Talkington, Austin Energy Green Building Sue Clark, Tengbom Tim Murray, EYP Architecture and Engineers Wenmin Zhu, Das Daring Energy Technology Co., Ltd.

Yan Mei LV, CBRE

LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers and must have made at least 10 years worth of exceptional impact on LEED and hold an active LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process includes extensive portfolio review and is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by GBCI. The LEED Fellow program was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding LEED APs who have demonstrated exceptional impacts with LEED in key mastery elements related to technical knowledge and skill; a history of exemplary leadership in LEED; significant contributions in teaching, mentoring, or research with proven outcomes; and a history of highly impactful commitment, service, and advocacy for LEED.

The 2019 LEED Fellows will be recognized at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo during the USGBC Leadership Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at the LEED-certified Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit the USGBC and GBCI websites for more information about the LEED Fellow program and LEED credentialing.