The Organization

We focus on existing, commercially available technologies, systems and processes, help connect legal requirements and best practices to funding, and identify potential barriers to adoption or implementation.

The Board

Jonathan Flaherty Chair Senior Director of Sustainability, Tishman Speyer

Donna De Costanzo Vice Chair Director, Eastern Region, Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

E. Gail Suchman Secretary Partner, SheppardMullin; Lecturer in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development, Columbia Law School

Emily Dean Treasurer Director, Market Development, NYSERDA

Michael Barry Director Global Head of Sustainable Business Operations, Bloomberg LP

Jan Berman Director President, MechoSystems

Charles Cameron Director Controls Specialist, Stan Deutsch Associates

Mark Chambers Ex-Officio Director Director, Mayor's Office of Sustainability, NYC Office of the Mayor

Rebecca Craft Director Founder & Principal, TurnCraft Advisors

Daniel Egan Director Senior Vice President, Energy & Sustainability, Vornado Realty Trust

John Gilbert Director Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Rudin Management Company

Elizabeth Girardi-Schoen Director Global Environment Leader, Pfizer Inc.

Carl Hum Director Senior Vice President, Management Services & Government Affairs, Real Estate Board of New York

Daniel Kindbergh Executive Vice President, Operations, U.S. Office Division Brookfield Properties

Vicki Kuo Director Vice President, Energy Efficiency and Distributed Resource Planning, Con Edison

Robert Lurie Director Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, New York Power Authority

Sydney Mainster Director Director of Sustainability, The Durst Organization

Louis Rizzo Director Manager, NYS Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

Pat Sapinsley Director Managing Director, Clean Tech Initiatives, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Peter Jacobson Ex-Officio Director IESNYC

Charlie Marino Ex-Officio Director ASHRAE NY

Ashok Gupta Director Emeritus Senior Energy Economist, Natural Resources Defense Council

Laurie Kerr Director Emeritus President, LK Policy Lab

Our Staff

Richard C. Yancey Executive Director

Yetsuh Frank Managing Director, Programs & Strategy

Christian Bergland Associate, Projects

Helen Chananie Manager, Projects

Will DiMaggio Associate, Programs

Rebecca Esau Associate, Projects

Talia Kula Associate, Development & Operations

Ashley Verhines Manager, Programs & Partnerships


NYC Retrofit Accelerator The NYC Retrofit Accelerator offers free, personalized advisory services that streamline the process of making energy efficiency improvements to buildings that reduce operating costs, enhance tenant comfort, and improve the environment.

IESNYC IESNYC is a volunteer professional membership organization dedicated to promoting both the art and science of illumination to members, professional organizations, industries, and the public through events, programs, educational series, and networking opportunities.

New York Passive House New York Passive House (NYPH) works to promote the Passive House standard for a healthy, comfortable and energy-efficient built environment through public outreach, education, and advocacy.

UNECE The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is one of the five United Nations Regional Commissions working to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

ASHRAE New York Chapter ASHRAE is a diverse organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

NYSERDA NYSERDA offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and support to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

NYC DCAS Energy Management The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) Division of Energy Management (DEM) is the hub for energy management in City building, playing a critical role in supporting agency partners' progress towards the City's major emissions reduction and energy objectives.

North American Passive House Network NAPHN is leading the transformation of the building industry to low-energy, high-performance Passive House design and construction. They support the widespread adoption of the international Passive House design and construction standards, building science principles and protocols.

Industry Leadership Council

Mical Anselmo Lucid

Michael Barry* Bloomberg LP

Jan Berman* Mecho

Rachel Berman Mecho

Gene Boniberger Rudin Management Company

Jon Braman Bright Power

Randall Brobson Goldman Sachs

Chuck Cameron* Stan Deutsch Associates

Chris Cayten CodeGreen

Rebecca Craft* TurnCraft Advisors

Tom Damsell Brookfield Properties

Emily Dean* NYSERDA

Adam Early Goldman Sachs

Gregg Fischer Tishman Speyer

Jonathan Flaherty* Tishman Speyer

Nick Giannak Brookfield Properties

John Gilbert* Rudin Management Company

Sarah Gilly Gotham360

Elizabeth Girardi Schoen* Pfizer

Jeffrey Gracer Sive, Paget & Riesel


Carl Hum* REBNY

Peter Jacobson* Con Edison

Carol Jones Axis Lighting

Doug Kafka Lutron

Lloyd Kass Lime Energy

Laurie Kerr* LK Policy Lab

Todd Kimmel ROCKWOOL

Daniel Kindbergh* Brookfield Properties

Christian Kofod ROCKWOOL

Vicki Kuo* Con Edison

Carlos Lopez Vornado Realty Trust

Dominick Luce New York Power Authority

Robert Lurie* New York Power Authority

Sydney Mainster* Durst

Charles Marino* AKF Group

Caleb McKenzie US Lighting Consultants

Dan Piselli FX Collaborative

Cecilia Ramos Lutron

Sangeeta Ranade New York Power Authority

Michael Reed NYSERDA

Louis Rizzo* National Grid

David Robinson Mecho

Pat Sapinsley* Urban Future Lab

Michael Scorrano EN-POWER GROUP

Phil Skalaski The Durst Organization

Zachary Suttile Willdan

David Thurm Lehrer

Jonce Walker Thornton Tomasetti

Steven Winter Steven Winter Associates

Daniel Zarrilli* City of New York

* current or former board member

Want the latest news from Building Energy Exchange?

Sign Up Below For Updates