Staff

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

Thom Powell
Chair, USGBC Texas Chapter
Director, North Texas Region

Mr. Powell is the Southwest Regional Director for Architects Design Group ADG specializes in civic projects that require state of the art thinking in resilient design. Previously, he worked as Director of Sustainable Design at GFF.  Among his recent roles was as Sustainability Consultant for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in collaboration with Morphosis and Executive Architect on the AT&T Performing Arts Center Box Office and Annette Strauss Artist Square in collaboration with Foster + Partners.  Past Sustainability Consultant roles include Park 17, 17Seventeen McKinney Avenue and Nurses Hall and Woodlawn Hall at Old Parkland Hospital. Past Arts District projects also include Project Architect for the Fiedler Atrium at First United Methodist Church of Dallas, Margaret and Trammell Crow Collection of Asian Art and the Hamon Recital Hall in I.M. Pei’s Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. 


Maria Perez
Vice 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 5,000+ professionals networked across 46 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. Maria 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 in multiple credentials including Building Design(BD+C), Interior Design(ID+C), Operations and Maintenance(O&M), Neighborhood Development(ND) and WELL. Maria is currently serving in the GBCI Credentialing Steering Committee and USGBC Texas Chapter Board of Directors.

Tim Murray
Secretary, USGBC Texas Chapter
Director, Texas Gulf Coast Region

Tim Murray is a Sustainability Consultant with GreeNexus Consulting, having certified 45 LEED projects to date. Tim was awarded the designation of LEED Fellow in 2019. He has been involved in regional USGBC roles since 2005, currently serving as Secretary of the USGBC-Texas Chapter and on the USGBC-Texas Gulf Coast Region Council. He was the chair of the USGBC Texas Gulf Coast Chapter in 2006/2007 and served on the national LEED Steering Committee during the development of LEED v4. Tim was the founding chair of the Green Building Subcommittee at the Greater Houston Partnership. A registered architect, Tim has been on the AIA-Houston Committee on the Environment since 2015.  He graduated from the University of Houston and is active as a committee member of his son’s Scout Troop. 

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. 


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. 

Tricia Loe, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP, LFA
Strategy Officer, USGBC Texas Chapter
Director, Central 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. 


Scott Gerhardt
Past Chair, USGBC Texas Chapter
Director, Central Texas Region

Scott is a Built Environment Leader with a passion for sustainable development and building practices. He is a connector and catalyst for greening our industry and Texas through established metrics such as LEED, SITES, PEER, etc. He currently chairs the USGBC Texas Board Of Directors, comprised of Board Members from all five Texas USGBC Regional Councils, working in concert with the USGBC National / International organization to advance our mutual Mission. He works diligently to educate and engage future generations, educational institutions, and community groups in this transformation of our industry, also helping to preserve precious Texas resources.

Scott is a career marketing and sales professional with over 30 years experience in commercial projects throughout all market segments. He has also served the IFMA organization at the chapter level in Florida. He currently leads the Commercial segment of Interceramic USA in the Austin, Texas region.



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