USGBC Names Chief Growth Officer, Key Technical Appointments

Additions to its leadership and technical team reinforce the U.S. Green Building Council's commitment to scaling impact and the expansion of the green building community.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is expanding of its leadership team with the addition of Angelo Petrillo as its chief growth officer, as well as with two new expert appointments — John Law and Paul Mathew — to further strengthen USGBC’s deep technical bench. The appointments reinforce the organization’s commitment to scaling impact and the expansion of the green building community.

Angelo Petrillo

Angelo Petrillo, Chief Growth Officer, USGBC
Angelo Petrillo, Chief Growth Officer, USGBC

As USGBC’s chief growth officer, Petrillo is responsible for developing and executing growth strategies, providing greater access to green building solutions, and accelerating market transformation efforts. He brings extensive global expertise, having led business divisions across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He will play a key role in driving the next phase of growth for USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), leading teams responsible for customer experience, fund development, global market development and sales, marketing, membership, and policy.

“Increasing global engagement and adoption of green building practices is central to USGBC’s mission and paramount to addressing the mounting challenges facing our climate and communities,” said Peter Templeton, president and CEO, USGBC. “Angelo brings invaluable experience to USGBC to expand both the reach and impact of our work by effectively growing, serving and empowering the global green building community.”

Petrillo has a background in sales, marketing, operations and innovation with global technology companies such as Microsoft, Oracle and Blue Yonder. He was most recently part of the testing, inspection and certification sector at NSF International. At NSF, Petrillo served as chief commercial officer, leading the global go-to-market strategy, sales, marketing, business development, operations, branding, communication, customer success and digital innovation across divisions including Water, Food, Health Science, ESG, System Management and Labs.

Petrillo is joined by two experts who took on key roles at USGBC in May.

John Law

John Law, Director of Technical Development, USGBC
John Law, Director of Technical Development, USGBC

Law, previously with the City of Chicago, joins USGBC as a director of technical development, bringing applied expertise in climate resilience, sustainability, urban planning and equitable community development. He will develop updates to the LEED for Cities and Communities program and advance how USGBC measures sustainability beyond buildings.

Law is a sustainability strategist and city planner with 20 years of global experience and leadership in designing new cities around the globe and transforming existing communities into more equitable and climate-resilient places. Most recently, he served as assistant commissioner for the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, leading special department and citywide planning initiatives focused on investment in underserved communities, affordable infill housing, and equitable transit-oriented development.

Paul Mathew

Paul Mathew, Senior Fellow, USGBC
Paul Mathew, Senior Fellow, USGBC

Mathew, the former department head of Whole Building Systems at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a U.S. Presidential Award recipient, has joined USGBC as a senior fellow. With expertise in building energy efficiency and decarbonization, Mathew will advance USGBC’s initiatives in sustainable finance and strategies to drive performance improvements across large portfolios of buildings.

Mathew has over 25 years of experience working at the intersection of technology, markets and policy. His expertise includes high-performance building technologies, energy risk in financing and building valuation, energy and GHG benchmarking, and building performance standards and policies. He has led major market transformation projects for federal, state and local government programs, collaborating with real estate investors, owners, operators, designers and service providers. He has authored more than 170 technical publications and has received a U.S. Presidential Award for Federal Energy Efficiency. He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a doctorate in building performance and diagnostics.

“We are excited to welcome Paul and John to our team,” said Sarah Zaleski, chief products officer, USGBC. “Their wealth of technical knowledge and market experience provides our organization with expert insights and perspectives needed to advance industry leadership. With the launch of LEED v5 and our upcoming portfolio offerings, their contributions will be instrumental in steering USGBC towards continued innovation and excellence to transform the built environment.”

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USGBC recently released its new three-year strategic plan aimed at addressing urgent challenges and opportunities within the green building industry and beyond. USGBC’s efforts are focused on rapidly decarbonizing the global built environment in line with international targets; centering resilience, human health and social equity outcomes within communities; advocating for bold public policy and governmental leadership; and building inclusive pathways into the green building community and developing the next generation of leaders.

In the coming months, USGBC is poised to launch LEED v5, while also investing in portfolio-scale solutions and the Arc performance tracking and benchmarking platform. These offerings provide guidance, measurement, and assurance functions needed to comply with sustainable finance, regulatory and ESG reporting frameworks, as well as other key market drivers for low-carbon, resilient, and healthy buildings and communities.

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