2019 Board Candidates

The election for the 2019-2020 Board of Director seats is now open.  The candidates are listed below.  If you are a member in good standing, then you have received a ballot for voting in your email.  If you feel that you should have received a ballot but did not, please send an email to Nominations.

The list of candidates is as follows:

Norman Allenby
Esquire
Onsite Water Treatment, Inc.
Summary of qualifications:
I retired from the practice of law where much of my representation was involved in construction disputes. It was my practice representing whatever entity or individual to resolve disputes at the lowest level in the construction hierarchy. Problem solving was my forte. In the middle nineties when the toilet to tap insanity seemed to prevail, I had become acquainted with the writings of John Todd and an advocate of Solar Aquatics and the first commercial expression of the living machine identified in Natural Capitalism, chapter 13. I took the sewer tour to Nova Scotia and New England to see and learn about the waste water systems that seemed to answer many questions. Most recently I visited the current iteration of those systems at Weston and Ipswich Mass. last week, modified but up and operating. As the concept is coming to life, I can say as an agent and licensee through my company Onsite Water Treatment I have tried to keep the notion alive despite the overwhelming objection of engineers and health departments who are most resistant to change. I know the systems, their problems and answers. In 1996 with a classmate to Ningbo China and there delivered a lecture at the University and the Sea Port of Danli, never to hear again until the Olympics where the notions of Living Machines were carried out.
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Fernando Esquivia
Business Development Manager
Graybar Electric Company, Inc.
Summary of qualifications:
Current hold a senior management role working for a national electrical supplier with a focus on new technology. I have 10yrs + prior technical integration experience.
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Colleen FitzSimons - LEED AP, PMP
Senior Project Manager
Urban Fabrick, Inc.
Summary of qualifications:
I am an experienced Project Manager, accredited by PMI with my PMP. My previous professions include managing the GreenPoint Rated residential certification program when I worked at Build It Green in Oakland. I also managed a technology team for a financial investment company on the east coast with a data and infrastructure budget in the millions. I currently manage the certification process for 14 LEED projects in the Bay Area and directly supervise 2 colleagues working on 6 LEED projects at the SF Airport. My current role also includes other sustainability consulting projects such as preparing climate action plans and sustainability plans as well as seeking and preparing proposals for additional work in these areas.
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Soheil Nakhshab - LEED AP
Principal Architect, CEO
Nakhshab Development & Design, Inc.
Summary of qualifications: 
Soheil has over 16 years experience with architecture, engineering, sustainable design, and real estate services. He is licensed as both an engineer, and contractor and LEED AP. He has been the Principal and CEO of Nakhshab Development and Design Inc for over a decade and still oversees all architecture, structural engineering, construction management, and administrative responsibilities.

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Rebecca Sappenfield Baptiste - LEED AP O+M
Associate Manager, Advisory Services
Center for Sustainable Energy
Summary of qualifications:
At CSE, I manage the San Diego Regional Green Business Network and Benchmarking Coach programs, where we help business and building owners learn how to be more sustainable. I also help cities pursue climate action plan goals through various projects. I have volunteered with SDGBC as a Green Assistance Program volunteer, completing the LEED v4 Feasibility study for the San Diego Food Bank Project and have won the SDGBC volunteer of the year award twice in four years. Finally, I have prepared for Board service through the Junior League of San Diego’s Board Academy and Leaders2020 Board Next programs.
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Bob Secrest - PE, LEED AP O+M
Director of Projects and Operations
Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure
Summary of qualifications:
I have a great deal to contribute to SDGBC as a licensed professional engineer, certified project management professional, Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Contracting Officer Rep., Qualified SWPPP Developer, Certified Cost Engineer and Certified Infrastructure Asset Manager. I have over 25 years of experience in the field of design, construction and operations and maintenance. I have talents in marketing, leadership and organization management of non-profits as demonstrated through my success as Vice Chair of ASCE PE San Diego and President of AGC.
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