Meet the BuildingEnergy NYC Content Committee

The content of BuildingEnergy NYC is curated by a volunteer committee of NESEA Members, who collectively put in hundreds of hours throughout the year to ensure that sessions are data-driven, diverse and genuinely useful to attendees. To be a part of next year's planning committee, contact Miriam Aylward, Program Director.

2019 Conference Co-Chairs

Laura Spencer Humphrey is a sustainability professional specializing in market transformation programs relating to energy efficiency and building performance. As a Senior Manager at ICF, she designs and implements energy efficiency and demand response programs for utility and municipal clients. She previously worked at NYSERDA as Senior Project Manager for Multifamily Programs, based in the New York City office. At NYSERDA, her primary focus was on developing new initiatives to be launched under the Clean Energy Fund. These market interventions are intended to both drive demand and create new opportunities for energy efficiency in the multifamily sector. In 2013 she received her M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
Jodi Smits Anderson is the Director of Sustainability Programs for DASNY, an architect, LEED AP BD+C, AIA member, lifetime member of NESEA, past regional and national U.S. Green Building Council committee member, wife, mom, hiker, kayaker, knitter, and storyteller. She has spoken at the ILFI unconference in Seattle, WA, at the NACUBO conference in Austin, TX, at the first Wellness in Design conference in San Diego, CA, and several times each at Greenbuild, NESEA’s BuildingEnergy Boston, and the NYS Green Building Conference, and has been a guest teacher at SUNY ESF, RPI, Ithaca College, NYU, Cornell, and SUNY Albany. She is a NY Energy Code trainer, the 2018 recipient of the Green Building Advocate award, and has assisted in research and writing for Project Drawdown, which cites the 100 market-proven ways we already have in our toolkit to reduce CO2 in our atmosphere. She has a featured article appearing in the Journal of Green Building's V14 N3 in July of 2019, on Excellence in Building Envelopes, and is currently working on a ZNE renovation to an existing residence hall, a project intended to change how we do renovation projects in New York state. Jodi’s goal is to understand and incorporate informed sustainable practices into design, construction, and living, and to share whatever she has learned and learn still more from whoever will talk with her.

2019 Conference Vice-Chairs

Andrea Mancino is the Director of New Construction at Bright Power, where she manages team members working on ground-up new construction and commissioning projects. She also oversees long-term strategic planning for the new construction team and helps cultivate client relationships. Additionally, she serves as a Senior Project Manager for unique, high impact projects that require deep experience, technical guidance, and detail. Daily activities of her team involve working with design teams to optimize design, conducting construction phase inspections and testing, as well as complying with relevant programs such as LEED, NYSERDA, Enterprise Green Communities, and Passive House. Andrea is a 2019 Environmental + Energy Leader 100 honoree. Certifications: Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP), LEED Green Rater, Certified Passive House Consultant (PHIUS)

Kate Edden is a project manager at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Her work focuses on capital projects for NYC’s stormwater and wastewater infrastructure, as well as green infrastructure implementation at DEP facilities. Kate holds a BA in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is a member of ASLA, and is a certified project management professional (PMP). Prior to joining DEP she worked as a landscape designer and contractor, primarily on green roof projects within NYC.

2019 Content Committee

Bethany Bowyer Khan, RXR Realty
Elihu Dietz, Energy & Resource Solutions
Kate Edden, NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Elizabeth Engoren, EN-POWER GROUP
Eric Goshow, Goshow Architects
Larry Katz, ICF
Jennifer Leone, NYC Dept of Housing, Preservation and Development
Ken Levenson, 475 High Performance Building Supply
Simona Li, NYSERDA
Samuel Man, Mayor's Office of Sustainability - New York City
Andrea Mancino, Bright Power