Congratulations to the three candidates elected to the 2019 Illinois Green Alliance Board of Directors, Kathia Benitez, Northwestern University, Amy Jewel, City Energy Project / Institute for Market Transformation, and Sarah Wood, RATIO Architects. For the next two years, they will be lending their expertise and strategic thinking towards achieving our Epic Challenge to bring carbon drawdown strategies and solutions to more people and buildings in every community!

Kat, Amy and Sarah will join the following current board members to complete the 2019 Board of Directors:

  • Ellen Bell, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Patrick Boyle, Sloan (incoming Board Chair)
  • Julia DeRosi, GSA
  • Connor Jansen, Seventhwave
  • Luke Leung, SOM
  • Patty Lloyd, Leopardo Companies
  • Mike Stopka, MIST
  • Jason Westrope, DMA Property LLC
  • Megan Zack, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture

A HUGE thank you to our board members with terms ending in December 2018, Chris Dillion, Rand Ekman, Susan Heinking, Jeremy Manion, Dhruti Patel, Rick Tonielli! Their dedication and contributions have driven success and the increasing growth of Illinois Green! We’ll certainly look for ways to keep them collaborating in 2019. Next year’s board aims to continue the great work these outgoing board members have done for Illinois Green, Chicago and the sustainability community throughout Illinois.

2018 Board Officers:

Patricia Lloyd
LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Leopardo Companies





Patrick Boyle
LEED Green Associate, Sloan





Ellen Bell
Environmental Defense Fund





Jeremy Manion
Arbor Day Foundation





Christopher Dillion
LEED AP BD+C, Campbell Coyle Real Estate





2018 Board Members

Julia DeRosi, GSA

Rand Ekman, FAIA, LEED Fellow, HKS Inc.

Susan Heinking, AIA, LEED Fellow, Pepper Construction Company

Connor Jansen, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Seventhwave

Luke Leung, PE, LEED Fellow, SOM

Dhruti Patel, LEED AP BD+C, Patrick Engineering

Mike Stopka, AIA, LEED BD+C, MIST and Delta Institute

Rick Tonielli, LEED AP, ComEd

Jason Westrope, LEED AP BD+C, DMA Property, LLC

Megan Zack, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture


2018 Extended Board

Doug Farr, FAIA, LEED AP, CNU-A, Farr Associates

Natalie Hicks, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Wright Heerema Architects

Alicia Ponce, RA, LEED AP, Living Future Accredited, APMonarch LLC

Lavannya Pulluveetil Barrera, Environmental Defense Fund