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June 14, 2024
Angelo Petrillo (left), John Law and Paul Mathew join at a crucial time as the organization reinforces its commitment to scaling impact and the expansion of the green building community.


The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the expansion of its leadership team with the addition of Angelo Petrillo as its chief growth officer, as well as two new expert appointments, John Law and Paul Mathew, to further strengthen USGBC’s deep technical bench. This announcement comes at a crucial time, reinforcing the organization's commitment to scaling impact and the expansion of the green building community.

Petrillo assumes a leadership role responsible for developing and executing growth strategies, providing greater access to green building solutions and accelerating market transformation efforts. He brings extensive global expertise, having led business divisions across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He will play a key role in driving the next phase of growth for USGBC and Green Building Certification Inc., leading teams responsible for customer experience, fund development, global market development and sales, marketing, membership and policy.

A seasoned leader with a background in sales, marketing, operations and innovation, Petrillo made significant contributions to renowned global technology companies such as Microsoft, Oracle and Blue Yonder, and, most recently, in the testing, inspection and certification sector at NSF International as chief commercial officer.

“Increasing global engagement and adoption of green building practices is central to USGBC’s mission and paramount to addressing the mounting challenges facing our climate and communities,” said Peter Templeton, president and CEO, USGBC. “Angelo brings invaluable experience to USGBC to expand both the reach and impact of our work by effectively growing, serving and empowering the global green building community.” 

Petrillo is joined by two highly respected experts who have taken on key roles at USGBC in May. 

John Law joins USGBC as a director of technical development, bringing applied expertise in climate resilience, sustainability, urban planning and equitable community development. He will develop updates to the LEED for Cities and Communities program and advance how USGBC measures sustainability beyond buildings. 

A sustainability strategist and city planner with 20 years of global experience, Law has demonstrated leadership in designing new cities across the globe and transforming existing communities into more equitable and climate-resilient places. Most recently, he served as assistant commissioner for the Chicago Department of Planning and Development.

Paul Mathew, former department head of whole building systems at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and U.S. Presidential Award for Federal Energy Efficiency recipient, has joined USGBC as a senior fellow, bringing unparalleled expertise in building energy efficiency and decarbonization. He will advance USGBC’s initiatives in sustainable finance and strategies to drive performance improvements across large portfolios of buildings. 

He is a building energy efficiency and decarbonization expert with more than 25 years of experience working at the intersection of technology, markets, and policy. Mathew’s expertise includes high-performance building technologies, energy risk in financing and building valuation, energy and GHG benchmarking, and building performance standards and policies.

"We are excited to welcome Paul and John to our team," said Sarah Zaleski, chief products officer, USGBC. "Their wealth of technical knowledge and market experience provides our organization with expert insights and perspectives needed to advance industry leadership. With the launch of LEED v5 and our upcoming portfolio offerings, their contributions will be instrumental in steering USGBC toward continued innovation and excellence to transform the built environment."

These appointments come at a pivotal time as USGBC recently released its new three-year strategic plan aimed at addressing urgent challenges and opportunities within the green building industry and beyond. In the coming months, USGBC is poised to launch LEED v5 while also investing in portfolio-scale solutions and the Arc performance tracking and benchmarking platform to serve the evolving needs of its rapidly growing user community.