Director, Global Market Development – Latin America Region
Nicolette is the regional leader for GBCI’s work in Latin America and the Caribbean. She works with business leaders and green building councils across the region to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated to enable a more sustainable, healthy and just world.
As the Director for Global Market Development for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nicolette works to establish and strengthen USGBC and GBCI allies and partners to support the successful adoption, use, and expansion of GBCI’s ecosystem of tools and programs. She has led the launch of USGBC/GBCI programs in the region the latest versions of LEED, EDGE, SITES, TRUE. She helped to introduce the Arc platform for measured performance to the region, making Latin America the region with the second highest number of projects reporting sustainability performance data. She has worked to expand education programs like LEED Lab, the launch of Greenbuild Mexico, and to grow the regional cohort of USGBC Faculty members. Under her leadership, the number of LEED certified projects has tripled, GBCI has established a physical presence in Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil as well as formal partnerships in Chile and Costa Rica. Today, GBCI serves over 150,000 stakeholders and connects with the market in three languages.
Prior to her work at USGBC, Nicolette worked for the U.S. EPA Region 2 Environmental Finance Center in New York, environmental non-profit Save Our Shores, and several other cultural and community non-profit organizations in her home state of California. She was introduced to USGBC while serving as a volunteer working on green infrastructure in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Nicolette is fluent in Spanish and holds master’s degrees in Public Administration and International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is a proud undergraduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband Thomas and son Benjamin.