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Jonathan Kraatz
Executive Director, USGBC Texas Chapter

Jonathan Kraatz is the first Executive Director for the U.S. Green Building Council Texas Chapter.  In 2015, Kraatz was named Interim Executive Director over the formation of USGBC Texas, bringing together green building resources and knowledge from across the state. He facilitated the merger of the four Legacy U.S. Green Building Council Chapters in Texas, and accepted the permanent role in January 2016.  Previously he served as Executive Director for the USGBC North Texas Chapter since 2010, he was hired as the Chapter’s media and communications strategist and was quickly promoted to more responsible positions within the organization.

He was a founding member of the Dallas 2030 District Leadership Council and the Advisory Council for the City of Fort Worth Better Buildings Challenge - serving as its Co-Chair from 2017 to 2019, and served on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the City of Dallas’ Comprehensive Climate Action Plan. Kraatz earned a LEED Green Associate credential in 2010 and speaks regularly about the Chapter’s mission, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, and building sustainability.  He was also named part of Who’s Who in Energy by the Dallas Business Journal in 2012, 2013, and again in 2014. In 2015 he was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award, a premier volunteer awards program encouraging citizens to lead a life of service from the President of the United States, for his efforts with the USGBC Chapter Network Evolution Working Groups.

He was also elected to the Board of Directors for the Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives in 2013, 2015, 2017, and became President in 2019. He holds a degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University and credits being challenged early in his career by great mentors for the flexibility and adaptability that has shaped him as a leader.

Executive Committee

Chair, USGBC Texas Chapter
Director, North Texas Region

Tricia Loe is President of Sustainable Concepts, LLC, a consulting firm focusing on high-performance buildings and a certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). She enjoys working with clients to provide the knowledge and resources they need to meet their sustainable design goals. Her experience includes managing LEED and WELL Building Standard projects, as well as third-party verification for the Dallas Green Building Program. 

Tricia is proud to be a Living Building Challenge Ambassador-Presenter and frequently gives presentations to professional organizations on the Living Building Challenge and other green building and sustainability topics. She serves as Strategy Officer for the USGBC Texas Chapter, past-chair Chair of the Dallas AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE), and is an active member of the North Texas Living Building Challenge Collaborative. 

Andrew Clements
Treasurer, USGBC Texas Chapter
Director, Central Texas Region

Andrew is a Project Manager for the City of Austin, Public Works Department in the Architectural Project Management Division.  He has been involved in the USGBC for fifteen years, serving on the Central Texas Regional Council of USGGC Texas as a Board Member and Treasurer, before being elected to the State Board in 2020.  He gained his LEED AP BD+C credential in 2013 and has maintained it since.  He has over 35 years of professional architecture and planning experience, working in a variety of both private firms in Texas and government sector employers, including Austin Independent School District, Texas State Health Department Services, and the City of Austin.  He has served on the City of San Antonio Board of Adjustment, the City of Austin's Urban Transportation Commission and Downtown Commission; and also serves currently on the non-profit Foundation Communities Board in Austin.

Paul Brown
Treasurer, USGBC Texas Chapter
Director, Central Texas Region

Paul is a president and co-founder of Bautex Systems, LLC, a Texas based manufacturer of high performance insulated concrete wall systems. He has devoted his career to building innovative start-up companies in a wide range of industries including consumer goods manufacturing, enterprise software, web technologies, and IP telecommunications. Paul received his Bachelor of Arts from the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. 

Maria Perez
Past Chair, USGBC Texas Chapter
Director, Texas Gulf Coast Region

Maria Perez is a Senior Associate and Director of Sustainable Design for Gensler, an integrated architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm of 7,000+ professionals networked across 50 global offices. In this role, she serves as one of the firm’s leading sustainability ambassadors and promoters, engaging staff, clients, and the public on innovative and sustainable design, construction, and operational thinking.

A recognized expert in LEED standards and sustainability rating systems, Maria is a leading advocate for performance-based design and is a licensed architect in Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from ITESM, Monterrey, Mexico, and a Master of Science in Architecture from the University of Houston. In 2015, she was named a LEED Fellow for her exemplary leadership, impactful commitment, service, and advocacy in green building and sustainability. She is an Accredited Professional with multiple credentials, including Building Design(BD+C), Interior Design(ID+C), Operations and Maintenance(O&M), Neighborhood Development(ND), and WELL AP. Maria also serves on the LEEDv5 BD+C Consensus Committee.

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