As Policy Advisor, Frank is working with Southface leaders on a Florida strategic engagement plan for 2024 and beyond. This work will include mapping energy policy regulations, resources, gaps and opportunities across the state. Frank is also a Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at New College of Florida.
LEED AP, HERS, CEM
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.
Nathan directs Southface’s Technical Services team leveraging a career in innovation and product development to grow Southface’s impact through fee-for-service work. He brings a diverse background spanning manufacturing to consulting and a focus on operations, culture, strategy, and user adoption to ensure Southface’s clients receive high-value, quality outcomes. Nathan also applies his Mechanical Engineering and MBA degrees to support Southface on a multitude of strategy, innovation, marketing, and entrepreneurship initiatives. Nathan has been instrumental in launching new program and service offerings that address growing market needs and contribute to Southface’s mission of promoting sustainability in the built environment.
As a Field Inspector for Southface Institute, Evan conducts field work associated with both Earthcraft Multi-Family and NGBS Green programs. He also assists in ECLC and GoodUse projects. Previously, as a Home Energy Rater at DPIS Building Services, Evan performed energy tests on single family homes implementing code minimum, Energystar, and HERS programs.
Cox Enterprises | Senior Director, Strategy & Investments | LinkedIn
Bolden is responsible for the development and implementation of innovative strategies for Cox’s supplier diversity and supplier sustainability programs. She serves as the point of contact for interaction with all stakeholders to advance these initiatives. She oversees projects that deliver cost reduction and enhance relationships with key suppliers. She is also responsible for establishing metrics for outreach, sourcing, contract awards, diverse spend, total spend, sustainability and other performance criteria.
She joined Cox in 2000 and has held roles in product development, corporate strategy, corporate development and governance. She previously worked in business planning and strategy at CenturyLink.
Bolden received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in economics from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado. She serves on the board of directors for Startup Atlanta and Startup Chicks and is a member of the 2015 class of the Institute For Georgia Environmental Leadership.
As Development Director, Stephanie leads corporate and individual fundraising efforts. She joins Southface after serving in fundraising roles for OCEARCH, Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, and Georgia Aquarium. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys exploring the great City of Atlanta, traveling, and can often be found chasing rays of sunshine with her dog, Onon.
Founder & CEO | 2KB Energy Services | LinkedIn
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 Fellow, LEED AP BD+C
Laura leads a team of building sustainability professionals that work with non-profit organizations to reduce utility costs and reinvest those savings into their programs. She has extensive experience in high-performance campus and building design and construction management in a wide range of contexts. She serves as internal expert on high performance, sustainable and healthy buildings, and communities. Laura is an avid outdoor enthusiast – she enjoys backpacking, kayaking, ziplining, and exploring. Her household includes 5 backyard chickens.
Spencer serves as Program Coordinator at Southface and Clean Cities Georgia. In his role, Spencer works to advance the use of clean transportation throughout Georgia. He helps educate stakeholders on the importance of clean transportation and helps engage the community to understand the benefit of a lower carbon future. In his past roles, Spencer has worked with non-profits to curb world poverty and hunger, and in Washington, D.C., where he worked directly with environmental policy.
Spencer is a metro Atlanta native and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In his free time, he enjoys gardening and propagating various plants. You can find him outdoors, hiking, camping, or even on the golf course.
Corporate Development North America Manager | Worldreader | LinkedIn
Registered Architect, HERS Rater, Earthcraft TA, ENERGY STAR MF/SF Rater, Georgia DET Verifier
As a Program Manager, Sam provides design review and consultation to outside clients and projects in the Earthcraft Multifamily program, performs energy modeling for programs across Southface and is working on his Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater certification. Sam is a registered architect and has a background in commercial, multifamily and hospitality architecture, and an undergrad degree from Georgia Tech. Outside of the office, he can often be found pedaling his two children around town in a cargo bike and tinkering away on various home improvement projects.
As a Project Manager, Jo’De provides logistical and technical support for EarthCraft Multifamily and Southface Energy Rated Homes (SERH) projects. She is also earning her HERS Rater certification. She is a proud Georgia Tech alumna, and when she is not cheering on the football team, she enjoys dancing, creative writing and playing Minecraft.
As a Research Associate, Zachary will support both the research and technical service teams on a variety of projects. He loves gardening and cooking with food he has grown himself.
Director of Analytics, Modeling, and Innovation | Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta | LinkedIn
Neil joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in April 2011 as an Economic Research Analyst in the Research Department. His research projects were primarily focused on mortgage lending and understanding what went wrong leading up to the financial crisis, but he also kept pace with developments in labor markets. After doing that for three years, Neil moved to S&R to fill a growing need for quantitative specialists in the Federal Reserve’s Stress-Testing program. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Neil completed his master’s degree in Applied Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His focus was on econometrics and analytical techniques used in banking for risk management purposes.
As Graphic Design + Media Manager, Davis develops and strategizes on the look and feel of Southface programs & initiatives, print / digital materials, ad placements, website content, and email communications. He works to widen Southface’s reach and create compelling content that communicates effectively with our audience. He loves to visit his local public library, rollerblade, and feed bugs to his leopard gecko.
As program manager for Southface’s nonprofit grant program “GoodUse,” Erin supports day to day management of grantees. These grants help minimizing the nonprofit’s environmental impact, and ultimately saving money to go back into their missions. As a Georgia native, Erin loves spending time outdoors exploring the state’s natural variety, and passionate about preserving its ecosystems.
As a database manager on the Finance & Operations team, Jacob primarily manages our Salesforce database. It is a good day for Jacob when he gets to learn from one of our many experts, make a complicated spreadsheet, or put a report together in a new system.
HERS Rater, BPI Building Analyst, LEED Green Associate, DET Verifier
As a technical project manager, Tylesha performs both residential and commercial resource-efficient audits as a part of the GoodUse and NEWE program at Southface. She also has her HERS rater certification and performs energy modeling and program management for multiple programs across Southface. She is a proud University of Georgia alumna, and when she is not cheering on the football team, she enjoys dancing and spending time with friends and family.
Amelia manages the EarthCraft green building program at Southface and keeps her finger on the pulse of the market drivers and construction strategies for all five of EarthCraft’s certification programs. Additionally, Amelia has a wealth of technical and workforce development knowledge and experience in the construction of high-performance single and multi-family residences.
CEM, EPA 608
Bryant Hains is a Technical Principal on the GoodUse Team at Southface Institute. He earned his bachelors and masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University. He has published building science research in the areas of HVAC performance, ventilation, and indoor air quality with Building America and ASHRAE. He currently leads the technical side of the GoodUse program and performs residential, small-commercial, and large-commercial resource efficiency audits.
Senior Vice President | Haverty Furniture Companies | LinkedIn
Shareholder | Baker Donelson | LinkedIn
Dylan Howard is a lawyer and a Shareholder with the law-firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Georgia School of Law, Dylan has practiced in the field of real estate and financial services litigation for the past 19 years. He has won awards for his pro bono work; and is a member of his firms’ diversity, equity and inclusion committee as well as its BakerCares public service committee. Dylan has a beautiful wife and 3 talented children, all of whom are excellent soccer players notwithstanding the fact that Dylan coached most of their teams.
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.
LEED Green Associate, Certified Duct and Envelope Verifier, Honorary Witch Doctor
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.
Senior Director of Merchandising Finance | The Home Depot | LinkedIn
Caroline Mahoney is a finance executive with more than 15 years of experience across investment banking and corporate finance. She is known for her growth mindset, champion of DEI and creating a high-performance team culture. Caroline currently serves as the Senior Director of Merchandising Finance at The Home Depot, a Fortune 50 company, overseeing sales, gross margin, and inventory across the full portfolio of categories in US stores and online. Prior to this role at The Home Depot, Caroline rose rapidly from Manager to Director, leading various departments and expanding influence across different types of businesses including Home Depot’s newest concept, the Design Center. Caroline started her career in investment banking, supporting the structuring and execution of leveraged transactions across various industries.
Caroline is an active member of her community and values giving back to organizations that have given her so much. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity Housing Corporation as well as an advisor to the local chapter at Georgia Tech. In her personal time, Caroline loves cheering on Georgia Tech football, discovering new restaurants in Atlanta and travel. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Owner and Managing Principal | Marlow Strategic Consulting | LinkedIn
Laura is a successful senior level executive with a proven track record in business development, marketing, strategic partnerships and sustainability. Focused on innovation and digital transformation, she has held leadership positions in multiple industries. She has worked in the construction/design industry for nearly 15 years, focused on creating strategic partnerships that benefit the profession, as well as the planet.
She consults with commercial and non-profit entities to help them expand their marketing, brand and business development opportunities. Additionally, she is the Founder of AEC Cares, a non-profit that coordinates renovation projects in low-income communities throughout the United States. She is active with Hands on Atlanta and the Tanzanian Children’s Fund.
James Marlow is an innovator, business and nonprofit builder, and digital transformation leader. As Southface president, he works to scale sustainable, cost-effective building and development solutions to environmental challenges. James led software and digital technologies at Computerland, Yahoo!, Lotus Development, and IBM. He was founder of two energy startups, CEO and Co-Founder of Radiance Solar, and CEO of Clean Energy Advisors. James is a trustee for The Nature Conservancy, serves on the Georgia Drawdown Leadership Council, and has been part of the Carter Center Board of Councilors, the Georgia Chamber’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, EarthShare Georgia, and more.
Associate Principal, Living Design Advisor | Perkins + Will | LinkedIn
Paula assures that sustainable ideas are an integral part of Perkins + Will’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.
Elizabeth Moore is well-known in conservation and philanthropic circles as a tireless champion of protecting the planet, environmental education, and engaging communities in solutions to resource challenges. She has been a leading philanthropist in this sector, providing $2M to Mote Marine Laboratory to conduct research on coral reefs in the Florida Keys, $1M to create a Marine Science Center at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, and partnering with the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast to protect Triangle Ranch, a 1,100-acre property near Myakka River State Park now permanently protected from development.
Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer | CompostNow | LinkedIn
David Paull is co-founder and Chief Impact Officer at CompostNow. CompostNow is a subscription-based compost collection service focused on diverting food waste from landfills and building healthy soil, founded in 2011 and operates in four states. CompostNow employs over 100 full-time employees and has diverted 56 million pounds of food waste from landfills and created 19 million pounds of finished compost for local farms and gardens. David has been highly involved in food systems work and social entrepreneurship in Atlanta for the past decade. He currently serves as a commissioner on the East Point Local Food System Ecosystem Commission, has served as a mentor through Emory Universities Start:Me Accelerator and has served as a Fellow Mentor for the Byron Fellowship. He is a graduate of SCAD Atlanta where he learned to apply design thinking to solving challenging societal issues. David is passionate about regenerating soil health as a means of impacting planetary and human health.
Sumner Pomeroy serves as Program Manager for the Sustainable Communities and Transportation team and works with non-profit Clean Cities Georgia, hosted at Southface, to advance clean transportation solutions throughout the state. She serves as a connector for grant opportunities, provides education related to electric vehicles and other alternative fuels, and strives towards equitable outcomes that promote clean air for all. Sumner is a native to Atlanta and has a Master of Environmental Planning and Design from University of Georgia.
Through her past roles, she has almost ten years of experience with nonprofit project and program management. She previously worked as a Program Manager for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful to coordinate volunteer programs focused on litter reduction, clean streams, and recycling. More recently, she served as the Program Coordinator for UGA’s Small Business Development Center: Multicultural Business Division to assist women-owned and minority-owned small businesses with procurement related concerns. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading, or playing with her bird.
Principal | Red Rock Global Capital Partners | LinkedIn
Mr. Rachal is President of Urban Key Capital Partners which is a mission-driven, specialty finance advisory services platform with expertise in providing a range of financial services to highly-impactful real estate development projects in distressed communities and development authorities. Mr. Rachal is also a Principal of Red Rock Global and President of Red Rock Global Capital Partners where he has specific responsibility for directing all financial advisory services and private placement activity. Prior to forming Urban Key Capital Partners and re-joining Red Rock Global, Mr. Rachal was Managing Director of Redevelopment at Invest Atlanta. He had specific responsibility for managing, marketing and overseeing the City of Atlanta’s tax allocation district program and served as director for commercial, retail and mixed-use projects applying for tax increment finance funding. Mr. Rachal also created and had the responsibility of directing Invest Atlanta’s controlling entity interest as President of Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc., a New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program Certified Community Development Entity (CDE) and multi-round allocatee ($353 million). Due to this specialized track record, Mr. Rachal recently launched Urban Key CDE to compete for NMTC allocation from the Department of Treasury Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.
Mr. Rachal joined Invest Atlanta from Red Rock Global, which is an Atlanta-based real estate advisory services and commercial brokerage company he co-founded in 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Rachal served with the Private Equity Group of Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York where he had the responsibility of advising financial sponsors in the private placement of over $7 billion of limited partnership interests to institutional investors. He also served within the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York where he provided advisory assistance to Fortune 500 companies and financial sponsors in over $5 billion of both acquisitions and divestitures.
Mr. Rachal 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. Mr. Rachal currently serves as Vice Chair of the advisory board of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Atlanta District Council, past Chair of the Public-Private Partnership Council of ULI, Global Governing Trustee of ULI and was a participant in the Atlanta District Council’s Inaugural Center for Regional Leadership Development. Mr. Rachal proudly serves on the boards of directors of The Frazer Center, Southface Institute, CaringWorks, Sadie G. Mays Health and Rehabilitation Center, Health 1st Foundation and Ebenezer Baptist Church. He has also chaired the boards of directors of the Development Authority of DeKalb County (Decide DeKalb), the DeKalb Private Hospital Authority and the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Authority. In addition, Mr. Rachal is a graduate of the 2012 Class of Leadership Atlanta, the 2013 Class of Leadership Georgia and the 2013 Atlanta Regional Commission Leadership Institute.
CEO | Urban Eco Group | LinkedIn
Dave Radlmann is a key player in the Atlanta real estate industry, with more than 25 years of experience in real estate development and general contracting with projects totaling over $400 million dollars, including $300 million in sustainable construction and design. For the last 11 years, he has served as the CEO at Urban Eco Group, and his responsibilities include managing real estate development, design and construction of urban-based projects. Many of the projects have received certifications in Earthcraft, Energy Star, LEED, Building America and Net Zero Ready. Some of his notable recent work includes development management of The Leon, a mixed-use project next to Ponce City Market in Atlanta, including retail and 75 condos. He is also doing development management and general contracting for a 308-acre mixed-use community, Eastmore, in Conyers, Georgia, delivering 756 single-family homes, 81 townhomes, 358 multi-family units, 570,000 square feet of retail, offices and medical offices, and 84 acres of open area and trails. He has also worked on Grant Park Place, Glenwood Park and Lindbergh Plaza among others. Dave’s recognitions include receiving 2018 and 2015 Awards of Excellence from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, the 2015 National Housing Innovation Award from the U.S. Department of Energy and the 2014 EarthCraft House of the Year from Southface Institute. Dave currently serves on the Greater Atlanta Home Builder Association’s Board of Directors, is a photographer and plays in the Atlanta band Rockit 88.
Sustainability Activist | LinkedIn
Reith has a doctorate in Ecology and brings 25 years of global experience in energy, mining, agriculture, environmental remediation, waste management and academia, including roles at American University of Nigeria, Tulane University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette and George Mason University. Throughout his career he has held executive management, project execution, technical analysis, solution development, and sustainability auditing roles. His clients include multinational oil and gas firms, resource ministries, small businesses, municipalities and NGOs.
As Program Coordinator for the Advocacy team, Ernest supports the coordination and delivery of advocacy projects and programs related to equity, health, and shared prosperity in the transition to a low-carbon future. In his free time, you can find Ernest rollerblading, slacklining, or biking around the city.
As the Multi-Team Program Coordinator, Spencer works on a variety of policy and education projects. As an Atlanta native, Spencer loves biking around the city, playing soccer, and hiking throughout the Southeast.
Cassidy Statler-Hiatt is the Technical Project Manager for Southface Sarasota, where she is continuing the GoodUse program to Sarasota, as well as helping Southface’s impact in Sarasota prosper! Originally from the PA/MD Appalachian Mountains, she fell in love with the Florida landscape, and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science & Policy from University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. She loves the beach, reading, going to the gym, and spending time with her husband, and 4 furbabies; Cooper, Lola, Reggie, & Smudge.
As the Program Coordinator for the Advocacy team, Artis supports projects pertaining to energy equity, data accessibility, coalition strategy, and policy. In his free time, you can catch him practicing piano and guitar, learning languages, or gardening.
As a Senior Technical Project Manager at Southface Institute, Matt manages projects that are pursuing one or more building level certifications including EarthCraft, NGBS and other green building certifications. He also serves as a technical lead for project diagnostic testing, including whole building infiltration and HVAC duct leakage testing.
LEED AP O+M, LEED AP BD+C, SITES AP, TRUE Advisor, SFP, BIT Pro
A California Bay Area native living in Atlanta with a passion for the environment, Stephen always looks to inspire others to reduce their environmental footprint through demonstration, education, and collaboration. With over 15 years’ of demonstrated success in developing and implementing programs, systems, and processes, Stephen takes a unique and holistic approach to continually streamline operations and increase organizational value through the lens of sustainable operations.
Stephen serves as the program manager to Southface’s sustainable operations and maintenance green building certification program where building owners, operators, and tenants are provided with the guidance to improve operations, reduce costs, and achieve sustainability goals while also providing recognition for those achievements. Stephen is also charged with maintaining Southface’s best-in-class demonstration building and surrounding campus that showcases over 100 off-the-shelf sustainable technologies and design techniques.
Stephen is currently a LEED Accredited Professional in sustainable operations and maintenance (AP O+M), sustainable building design and construction (AP BD+C), sustainable landscape and design (SITES AP), a TRUE Advisor in zero waste, and a certified sustainable facility professional (SFP) through IFMA. Stephen also holds a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass from The Juilliard School and enjoys leading the double bass section of the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra.
Amber Whittle, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Southface Sarasota at the Florida House and the Senior VP of Development and MarCom for Southface. Prior to joining Southface, she was the Director of Conservation at The Florida Aquarium where she guided conservation programs, sea turtle research, and policy work, and secured grant funds to grow their satellite campus. She also worked at the Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute as the Habitat Research Administrator and as an environmental consultant. Amber earned a BS in Zoology and a BA in English from the University of Florida and her doctorate in Zoology with a specialty in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She grew up in Sarasota and she and her family love to hike, camp, and swim in the Gulf.
As Technical Project Manager at Southface Institute, Brittany Williams conducts commercial energy and water assessments and supervises efficiency project implementation for the GoodUse Program. Previously, Brittany achieved several certifications as a Program Consultant and Manager at CLEAResult. She is proficient in energy modeling, conducting energy assessments, writing reports, managing a field team, training, proctoring, implementing utility programs, as well as many other skills acquired during her tenure in the energy industry.
Principal | Healthy Design Collaborative | LinkedIn
Liz York, FAIA is a thought-leader and connector for the fields of public health and real estate design and management. A registered architect, she leads a consulting practice focused on helping firms and project teams grow their healthy design skills to build better buildings. She has over 20 years of experience working with public health professionals to implement healthy, resilient, equitable work environments and she was a developer of the FITWEL healthy design certification system as a part of her work as the Chief Sustainability Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Liz holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Liz has received two White House awards for Sustainability, been named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Sustainability Who’s Who and has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects as a Fellow for her work on equitable, sustainable design.
Tricia leads Southface’s multi-channel marketing strategy and messaging to homeowners, donors, trade workers, building operators, reporters, and other external audiences. She creates focused, compelling, actionable communications to increase engagement with and financial support for Southface’s sustainable building and development work. In her free time, she enjoys trying to keep plants alive, playing with her dog and cat, and camping throughout the Southeast.