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Board Bios

Joshua Brock
Joshua Brock has a broad range of experience in the fields of energy, sustainability and climate change.  Presently Josh works for San Diego Gas & Electric as a Program Advisor in the Local Government Partnerships Program where he works with public agencies across SDG&E’s service territory to implement energy efficiency programs.  Prior to joining SDG&E, Josh worked in the Energy, Sustainability and Environmental Protection Division of the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department where he was responsible for a range of sustainability issues including energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean transportation, climate change, and building policy. Joshua has a BA in International Security and Conflict Resolution specializing in Environmental Security and a Certificate in Land Use and Sustainable Community Planning.  Additionally, Josh is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Certified Energy Manager and speaks Japanese fluently. 
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Cathy Craig
Cathy Craig has over twenty‐five years experience in affordable housing and community development, with expertise in non‐profit real estate finance; asset management; organizational development; non‐profit budgeting and cash management; program development and fundraising, leadership development; and neighborhood revitalization. Prior to establishing her consulting practice in 2010, Cathy was Senior Program Officer at Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation, where she developed and implemented numerous programs to build the capacity of community development practitioners. One of these programs, Green Connection, often worked in collaboration with Build it Green. Initially motivated by spiking energy costs for affordable housing developments brought about by energy shortages in California in 2000, Green Connection provides tools, training and advocacy to promote energy efficiency and green building practices, with an emphasis on greening the existing affordable housing stock.
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John Crowley
Bath Simple provides building and design professionals, and homeowners with a powerful easy to use web based tool box for a one-stop design, selection and ordering process, followed by a 100% complete material package delivery; to enable a predictable and efficient remodel installation.
 
Prior to Bath Simple, as Vice President of Business and Product Development with CA International a manufacturer of building materials with markets in North America and Asia he developed new products and markets. Before joining CA, he founded and was president of New England Classic, a specialty building systems manufacturer of interior architectural products.
 
As a former research faculty member and Director of the Housing Construction Technology Program at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he worked closely with the private and public sector to develop innovative materials, systems and processes for housing around the globe.
 
John has authored a plethora of publications and holds numerous awards and patents resulting from his university and private sector research. He holds a Master of Architecture and Planning degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA from The University of New Hampshire.
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Cheryl O’Connor
Cheryl O’Connor is the acting Chief Executive Office of the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area. In 2008, O’Connor served as the first woman Regional Chair of the BIA. As Regional Chair, she was successful in launching the first Sustainability Initiative by a home building association that endorsed mandatory green building standards. O’Connor has thirty‐two years of experience in marketing and selling new home communities in Northern California. O’Connor was most recently Senior Vice‐President of Sales & Marketing for SummerHill Homes in Northern California. In her career, she has also worked with Warmington Homes, Taylor Woodrow, Ponderosa Homes and The O’Brien Group. She is the recipient of various homebuilder awards including Sales Manager of the Year and Marketing Director of the Year at the Northern California Marketing and Merchandising Excellence Awards.
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Carol Roberts
Carol currently works as the Green Programs Director at Energy Inspectors. Through her work, Carol has been able to help project teams for many builders and developers reach certification through LEED for Homes, GreenPoint Rated, Green Communities, NAHB Green, Builder’s Challenge and Energy Star certification programs. These  project teams consist of the top production home builders in the nation in the Single Family and Multi-Family new construction market and as well as developers of Affordable Housing, Low-Rise, Mid-rise and Mixed Use projects.
 
Energy Inspectors primarily services the Western Region of the United States though we have projects located nationally. As part of her local outreach Carol serves on the Board of Directors of the AIA Palomar Chapter.
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Wendy Sommer
Wendy Sommer is a Principal Program Manager at StopWaste.Org. She leads the agency's "Product Decisions" group, which strives for maximum waste reduction by influencing decisions about what products to manufacture or purchase. During her 19 years with the agency, Wendy established the Green Building in Alameda County program, starting with the creation of the first green showcase trailer and Residential Green Building Guidelines in the state, and development of model green building policies and ordinances. The green building guidelines formed the basis of GreenPoint Rated, Build It Green's residential green rating program endorsed by public agencies and the building industry throughout California. She also managed the construction of StopWaste.Org's $6.5 million LEED Platinum office building.
 
She is currently overseeing a $7 million grant for "Energy Upgrade California in Alameda County," a program promoting energy-efficiency and green building upgrades to existing residential and small commercial properties. The program includes an extensive consumer awareness marketing campaign and plan for the Bay Area.
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Linda Wagner
Linda Wagner was most recently the Executive Director of the Marin Workforce Housing Trust, a public‐private partnership whose mission is to provide low‐interest rate loans to developers of affordable workforce housing in Marin. She provides leadership in program development, fundraising, strategic planning, communications, and financial management. Since joining the Trust, Linda has developed the operational capability to enable the Trust to make its first loans.
 
Prior to joining the Marin Workforce Housing Trust, Linda was with Citigroup as National Business Development Manager for the wholesale home equity group. She has also held regional and national management positions in business development, strategic marketing, and sales management at GMAC, Fair Isaac, Prudential Real Estate, Freddie Mac, and MGIC.
 
Linda has deep and broad housing finance experience that spans affordable housing, wholesale lending, mortgage securitization, mortgage guaranty insurance, and real estate franchise marketing. Her expertise is in developing and executing strategic initiatives in both for profit and nonprofit organizations, enabling them to profitability grow revenue, build brand identity and improve operational effectiveness.
 
Linda holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois with high distinction in Finance. In 1996, she completed the Executive Program in Global Strategy at Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2008, she graduated from the Executive program in Sustainable Management at the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, where she focused on the development, marketing, and financing of sustainable homes and communities. After graduation, Linda was accredited as a LEED AP and certified as a Green Building Professional.