As a Technical Project Manager on the Research team, Rawad splits his time between data analysis on indoor air quality for the Building America project and doing energy-efficiency assessments for the GoodUse and NEWE programs.
Mike Barcik is a Technical Principal at Southface and has been with the organization since 1995. With B.S and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, Mike is the author of numerous technical resources and has developed and led thousands of trainings for RESNET, BPI, LEED, DOE, EPA and other programs. He’s active in energy code development and often leads workshops on the latest code changes. Since 1999, Mike has trained over 1,500 individuals in RESNET’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS) program, and in 2010 he helped create the Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Verifier program to certify over a thousand individuals for blower door and duct leakage testing, as required by the 2009 and later energy codes. Mike served as LEED Faculty for BD+C, EB O&M and Homes, as well as helped develop and teach the EarthCraft family of sustainable programs.
Mike co-authored Decatur Georgia’s High Performance Building Ordinance which requires third-party certification for new and substantially renovated single-family, multi-family and commercial projects. During the second week of January, he loves leading MLK Volunteers to weatherize homes for low-income seniors. Mike lives with his much-smarter architect wife and two daughters in a 1920 Craftsmen bungalow that they are lovingly restoring and making more efficient. Thanks to efficiency improvements and a 4kW photovoltaic array, they’ve offset 95% of their electricity consumption and use only a third of the gas originally consumed.
Paul project manages green building certifications, such as EarthCraft, and provides technical assistance to builders and developers looking to implement sustainable construction techniques. Paul loves all things woodworking and is an avid remodeler of his family home.
As a Senior Project Manager on the Technical Services team, Nathan oversees Southface Energy Rated Homes (SERH), Southface’s RESNET-accredited HERS QA providership. In addition to overall program management and field support, Nathan assists SERH’s HERS raters in growing their organizations through new product/service development, marketing and communications. Nathan also applies his Mechanical Engineering and MBA degrees to support Southface on a multitude of strategy and innovation initiatives. In his free time, Nathan enjoys traveling, hiking, boardgames and spending time with family and friends.
Founder & CEO
2KB Energy Services
George has been working in the energy efficiency field for over 20 years and has been directly involved with over $200M of energy and environmental solutions projects in the built environment. As the Founder and CEO of 2KB Energy Services, an energy management and sustainability consulting firm, he has had direct responsibility for coordinating and supporting diverse teams to ensure project results at all levels. He is active in the energy services community, serving as the private sector co-chair for the Energy Services Coalition-Georgia Chapter. George holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida A&M University and an MBA from Georgia State University.
LEED AP BD+C, LEED FELLOW
As Director of Technical Services, Laura provides leadership and technical expertise for the programs she manages, including organizational sustainability planning; commercial, residential and community building consulting; and building certification programs including LEED and EarthCraft Light Commercial. Her experience prior to Southface includes commercial construction project management, campus planning and developing design standards for clients including the State of Georgia and Emory University. Over the past ten years, Laura has focused on Sustainability Consulting for retail, commercial and government buildings, volume retail and school campuses.
As the Chief Executive, Finance + Operations, Barry helps coordinate campus and project operations, as well as oversees the accounting and finance functions for Southface.
As a Senior Project Manager on the Technical Services team, Nathan provides leadership and technical assistance to multifamily residential projects. The projects include market rate, affordable housing, new construction and renovations that are pursuing green building certifications and rebate programs, such as EarthCraft Multifamily, NGBS Green, LEED for Homes, Georgia Power Rebate Programs and Energy Star Statement of Energy Design.
Stephen specializes in commercial building sustainability. His primary role is to consult on LEED and EarthCraft Light Commercial projects. When he isn’t geeking out on sustainability, he is planning his next international trip—23 countries and counting!
As a Principal Consultant, Jeff is providing strategic resource efficiency and sustainability support to several of the brands housed within the Global Ventures Division of The Coca-Cola Company. Responsibilities include: providing energy, water, recycling and sustainable agriculture guidance to the Costa Coffee brand.
As Curriculum Developer, Mike works with subject matter experts and partner organizations to develop curriculum materials for a wide range of trainings. He also manages the editorial and production process for Southface technical publications and other resources. Mike has the world’s largest collection of Devil’s Dice, aka limonite.
Jennifer works on outreach initiatives as a joint liaison for the EarthCraft and Southface Energy Rated Homes (SERH) programs. She earned her degree in Environmental Sciences and International Studies from Emory University.
Jacob Geerlings, a database admin at Southface since 2016, loves working with new teams and learning their processes. He primarily does implementations, training, data cleanup and reporting. When not at work, he trains his child about mass transit by singing “Wheels on the Bus.”
Gretchen Gigley serves as Program Manager for Nonprofit Solutions, where she leads the expansion of Southface’s successful resource-efficiency grant programs, GoodUse and the Nonprofit Energy and Water Efficiency initative (NEWE). This expansion includes developing regional and national portfolio partnerships, fundraising and implementing strategic marketing strategies. To date, the Nonprofit Solutions programs have positively impacted over 250 nonprofits around the nation, minimizing their environmental impact, increasing water- and energy-efficiency in their facilities, and ultimately saving these organizations mission-critical dollars. In her spare time, Gretchen loves to bake, sing and explore the world with her 7-year old son, husband and hound dog!
As Senior Project Manager for Policy, Catherine works on a variety of projects related to green building, affordable housing, climate and energy policies. Catherine comes to Southface with a Masters in City and Regional Planning and a background in politics and real estate consulting.
John specializes in commercial litigation and works a broad range of disputes that businesses commonly encounter, such as contract disputes with customers and vendors, claims that a business has committed fraud or other business torts, disputes among owners of a business and insurance coverage disputes. John received his law degree from the University of Georgia and his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America® in Construction Litigation, 2015 – 2017 and is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association and Lawyers Club of Atlanta, among others.
As Office Manager, Ingrid organizes and streamlines administrative processes for Southface. Located at the front desk, Ingrid also manages the reception activity. When not at Southface, Ingrid enjoys quality time with her family.
As a technical project manager on the Technical Services team, Elizabeth encourages progress through research and educational professional partnerships that underscore the link between energy-efficient housing and resident health in low-income communities. She also assists with thoughtful planning solutions to balance the benefits of natural and built environments. Elizabeth loves macaroni and cheese, gardening and her cat Pickles!
As a Policy Advisor, Kevin promotes energy and water efficiency and renewable energy in state regulatory proceedings, utility operations and local government policy.
Ray C. Anderson Foundation
Previously, John was an Associate Attorney with the Atlanta office of Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan, LLP, specializing in U.S. Federal taxation. During his time with Sutherland, Lanier represented the interests of various Atlanta-based nonprofits, including the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. He has experience with nonprofit formations, compliance and applications for recognition of tax-exempt status. John is an active member in the Marist School Alumni Association, serving as Vice President for Service and Spirituality. John earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and holds bachelor’s degrees in history and economics from the University of Virginia.
Stu is responsible for all things Information Technology related—networking, servers and security, oh my! He helps on other projects as well, whether doing blower door testing or building green infrastructure and getting to drive the Bobcat. He’s happy to help on any project. At the end of the day, he knows that Han shot first.
As the Research Technical Principal at Southface, Hugh provides vital leadership and technical direction to various programs within the organization. His specific responsibilities focus mainly on collaborating with senior leadership to define and implement research priorities. Hugh is fervent about living, regenerative and adaptive building design methods.
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
Laura Marlow is the VP of Strategic Partnerships at ConstructConnect, a design/construction data provider. She is responsible for managing relationships with the AIA, AGC, USGBC and other industry partners. Laura also leads her company’s corporate sustainability strategy. Additionally, she is the Executive Director of AEC Cares, a non-profit that coordinates renovation projects in low-income communities throughout the United States. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Design Futures Council and is active with Hands on Atlanta and the Tanzanian Children’s Fund.
As the Human Resources Manager on the Finance + Operations team, Rachel assists with the staffing plan and other human resources-related projects for the organization. She is also the liaison to the Board of Directors and co-manages the Dennis Creech Emerging Leaders Program. When she’s not at Southface, Rachel enjoys spending time with her precious pup Gingerbread and two cats, Darby and Auri.
Perkins + Will
As Co-director of Perkins+Will’s firmwide Sustainable Design Initiative (SDI), Paula assures that sustainable ideas are an integral part of the firm’s projects and practices. She coordinates sustainability efforts across the international firm’s offices, teaches sustainable design workshops and speaks frequently on sustainable construction, business practices and visioning. Paula is a Fellow of The American Institute of Architects, is the 2016 Chair of the AIA National Committee on the Environment (COTE) and immediate past co-chair of the AIA National Materials Knowledge Group. She is also a LEED Fellow and USGBC LEED Faculty member.
Kelsey is a project manager for the development team at Southface. Kelsey spends her days fundraising, coordinating logistics for Southface’s events, renting out the facility and consulting on zero-waste initiatives.
As the Education Project Manager, Ali handles all administrative tasks and logistical needs for internal and external trainings. Ali also manages all training equipment, including rentals, calibrations and internal project support. Ali has great appreciation for street art and studies graffiti styles in his spare time.
As Communications Project Manager, Sarah coordinates the content of Southface’s outward-facing written media presence, from blog posts to press releases to email campaigns and more. She also coordinates the speakers for Southface’s monthly Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable. If you see Sarah hiking, on the soccer field, with a guitar in hand or chatting with friends and family, you know she’s in her happy place.
Gaea handles all things related to accounting for Southface. She takes care of closing the books, cash management, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll. While not at the office, Gaea co-leads her daughter’s girl scout troop, runs her kids to their various extracurricular activities and helps her husband with his basketball organization, atlantanets.com.
Elizabeth leads the development and communications teams at Southface, ensuring we build strong, engaged partnerships with our donors, partners and other stakeholders and use our platform to help communities reimagine a future where regenerative economies are anchored by healthy, sustainable and equitable homes and workplaces. Elizabeth has over two decades of experience in the environmental and conservation community, raising transformational gifts by engaging donors as thought-partners in the work they support, building strong volunteer networks and helping to develop and communicate program visions that can command seven- and eight-figure philanthropic investments. She lives in Savannah with her husband and rescue dogs.
As the Program Manager for Policy & Sustainability Services, Megan leads Southface’s efforts to advance clean energy and sustainability through partnerships with local governments. A Rocky Top native, Megan loves spending time outdoors and is always planning her next trip
Dennis is the half of Southface’s Enterprise Applications division that is responsible for integrating cloud resources and keeping them light and fluffy. When he isn’t pointing and clicking and coding, he may whiz by you on bike, or you may see him at the dog park playing catch with his two hounds Vladimir and Elvis.
As the Controller, Finance + Operations, Davina oversees the accounting, finance and enterprise application functions. She has a Bachelor of Business of Administration and a Master of Accountancy from Millsaps College.
Andrea Pinabell has served as the President of Southface since January 2017. Prior to joining Southface, she served as the Vice President of Sustainability, Global Citizenship, at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. where she led the strategy, operations and integration for Starwood’s global sustainability programs and its related philanthropic efforts. Prior to that, she served as the Director of the Sustainable Cities Institute & Program Manager of Sustainable Community Development with The Home Depot Foundation.
Andrea earned BS in chemical engineering from Iowa State University and brings over 25 years of wide-ranging sustainable business and operations expertise. She serves on the boards of 2030 Districts, Institute for GA Environmental Leadership and Center for Responsible Travel. She has also been honored with multiple awards, including being among Georgia Trend magazine’s 2020 Notable Georgians, Atlanta Magazine’s Atlanta 500, a 2018 Energy Leader 75 and Smart CEO Magazine’s 2015 Award honoring visionary leadership in the commercial real estate industry. An Iowa native, she is a proud mother to Anthony and dog mother to Cooper. Connect with her: LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/andreapinabell and on Twitter @DrePinabell
As Senior Manager of Communications & Outreach, Emily leads the team’s efforts to inform and engage members, donors, clients and the community on Southface’s digital platforms, as well as overseeing production of collateral for the organization and its many programs and services. She loves traveling, Audible, horror movies and Mexican food.
Red Rock Global Capital Partners
Tyrone has specific responsibility for directing all financial advisory services and private placement activity. Prior to re-joining Red Rock Global, he was Managing Director of Redevelopment at Invest Atlanta. Tyrone is a graduate of Dartmouth College with degrees in Economics and Government, as well as the University of Chicago Law School and Booth School of Business, where he received his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees, respectively. He is past Chair of the Public-Private Partnership Council of the Urban Land Institute and was a participant in the Atlanta District Council’s Inaugural Center for Regional Leadership Development. Tyrone is also a graduate of the 2012 Class of Leadership Atlanta, the 2013 Class of Leadership Georgia and the 2013 Atlanta Regional Commission Leadership Institute.
As Project Manager on the Sustainability Services team, Austin helps communities stay livable while reducing their impact on the natural environment. Austin leads the Green Infrastructure and Resilience Institute (GIRI) which addresses stormwater, education and economic issues impacting communities. She also supports projects focusing on sustainable land planning and community engagement.
MaKara is Founder and CEO of Hummingbird Firm, a management consulting firm specializing in strategic communications for the utility, infrastructure and environmental industries. MaKara was previously an Environmental Justice Attorney and Coordinator with GreenLaw where she focused on community organizing, fundraising and environmental justice considerations in conjunction with clean air and water litigation. Her interest in the links between human rights and the environment began with her work with Amnesty International and The National Geographic Society. She continues to be committed to the right of all Georgians, regardless of background, to live in an environment free from disproportionate health burdens created by pollution. Ms. Rumley earned her bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and her Juris Doctorate from George Washington University Law School.
As the Communications Program Coordinator, Samantha helps with marketing, social media strategy and website design. Samantha also co-manages the Dennis Creech Emerging Leaders Program. When not at work, Samantha enjoys cuddling with her dog, Lu, solving jigsaw puzzles and finding treasures at thrift stores and garage sales.
As Policy Program Coordinator, Bailey tracks regulatory and legislative issues at the local, state and regional levels and helps coordinate organizational advocacy efforts internally and with key external partners. Additionally, Bailey leads Southface’s Solar for Georgia Communities Initiative, promoting distributed generation solar for low- to moderate-income communities through affordable housing, nonprofits, municipalities and houses of worship, and she manages GeorgiaEnergyData.org.
Gwen is a Program Coordinator for Sustainability Services. Gwen works on the American Climate Change Challenge help desk and assists commercial building owners with the City of Atlanta Commercial Buildings Energy & Water Efficiency Ordinance by providing compliance information in reference to benchmarking and audits. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family, travel abroad and volunteer.
As the Project Manager for Nonprofit Solutions, Kevin manages GoodUse and the Nonprofit Energy and Water Efficiency Initiative (NEWE), Southface’s two resource-efficiency grant programs. Kevin works with nonprofits to reduce their energy and water use and costs and helps them explore resource efficiency and clean energy options. Kevin also manages LIFT Solar, a national solar research project focused on expanding access to solar for low- and moderate-income communities. When not at work, Kevin loves to spend time outdoors with friends and family.
As a Technical Project Manager on the Education team, Joseph facilitates many course offerings. He acts as a technical lead for project diagnostic testing, including whole building infiltration and HVAC duct leakage testing. He also supports various programs at Southface with design and implementation.
Stephanie coordinates Southface’s municipal, organizational and corporate sustainability efforts to leverage existing and new Southface programs while providing sustainability strategy, consulting and project management services. Stephanie is also the Program Coordinator for Clean Cities-Georgia, the Department of Energy-funded program that works with vehicle fleets, fuel providers, community leaders and other stakeholders to save energy and promote the use of domestic fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in transportation.
Shane stewards the education, workforce development and research efforts of Southface and its program areas.
As a Senior Project Manager, Alex provides leadership for community engagement and partnerships, research, and advocacy on equitable development, energy equity, green affordable housing and climate resilience. Alex’s projects include Atlanta CREW, Energy Efficiency for All Georgia and State Lead, and acting as Climate Champion for the TransFormation Alliance and SPARCC Atlanta. Alex is a native Atlantan and loves spending time with his family and friends, exploring the city on his bike and walking his dog, Mia.
Franchise Leader, Innovation
The Coca-Cola Company
Nikki has spent the last seven years with The Coca-Cola Company, where she co-led the Global Food Safety Initiative and drove technical performance through field engagement and program development in more than 200 countries and more than 800 sites. She has also partnered on delivering the company’s sustainability goals and commitments. As Coca-Cola’s Regional Technical Manager, she continues to partner in ensuring the company delivers product across North America, commercializes new product and ensures both internal and external compliance. Nikki has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University.
Stephen is responsible for developing and implementing environmentally sustainable operations and maintenance practices for the Southface building and its surrounding campus. His duties include maintaining the Southface demonstration facility, equipment, green infrastructure, landscape and gardens. As the resident beekeeper, his most favorite and loyal staff members are the Southface bees!
Associate Director for Quality and Sustainability and Chief Sustainability Officer
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Liz, appointed as the first CSO for CDC in 2008, establishes sustainability in CDC policy and operations, implements healthy and sustainable work environments and facilitates staff involvement in sustainability efforts. At CDC since 1999, she has served as a construction project manager, design architect and design reviewer, working closely with laboratory, security and safety professionals on CDC’s high-containment labs and protocols. She has strengthened policy and understanding around the health impacts of the physical environment, gender issues in design, access to healthy food and design effects on health equity. Liz is a registered architect and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
As an intern on the Policy and Sustainability Services team, Daisy is working on several projects, such as Athens-Clarke County’s 100% Clean Energy Plan and the Care and Conserve Plumbing Repair Program. She is currently an undergraduate studying Industrial Engineering and Global Development at the Georgia Institute of Technology.