Melissa Baker

Senior Vice President, Technical Core at U.S. Green Building Council
LEED AP BD+C, Washington, District of Columbia
United States

Melissa Baker, Senior Vice President Technical Solutions for the U.S. Green Building Council provides solutions for large users as they green their building portfolios by implementing the LEED Green Building Rating System. Melissa plays a central role at USGBC in defining, deploying and driving enhanced investment in higher performing real estate assets through market-based tools including LEED. At the forefront of some of the most cutting edge sustainability initiatives at USGBC, Melissa is deeply committed to the art of the possible. She constantly reminds the organization that green buildings are ultimately for the health and productivity of building occupants. The organization’s growing focus on measured building performance (and not simply designed performance) relies heavily on her technical as well as her industry savvy. Ms. Baker began as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) with the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. As a program specialist with DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program, she set policy on health and safety specifically on lead paint and mold growth in housing. Ms. Baker holds a M.P.P. in Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and a B.A. in International Environmental Policy from the University of Connecticut.
 
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