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Green Building Initiative Announces Leadership Shift

The Green Building Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of green building practices, has named Vicki Worden as Executive Director.

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Vicki Worden, a long-time consultant to GBI and a leader in the sustainability and nonprofit sectors, as its new Executive Director. Worden was part of the original launch team that brought Green Globes® to the United States and served as Vice President of Commercial Programs for the organization from 2005 to 2010. She became a national spokesperson and champion for green building, resulting in significant recognition of Green Globes® by designers, building owners, and all levels of government.

"We are pleased to have Vicki rejoining the team and bringing not only her technical knowledge but her significant leadership skills to the table," stated Jay Thomas, Chair of GBI's Board of Directors and Vice President, Marketing of Sika Corporation, a leading supplier of products and systems to the building sector and motor vehicle industry. "Vicki has a unique understanding of GBI's Green Globes® and Guiding Principles Compliance offerings as well as more than 20 years of experience in non-profit management."

In a related move, GBI announced that Jerry Yudelson would be stepping down as the organization's President after a 15-month tenure. "We greatly appreciate the market knowledge and innovative ideas that Jerry brought to GBI," Thomas said. "During his time here, GBI was able to bring new rating systems to market, expand our membership and support base, and develop a new revenue model for the organization that our new Executive Director will enhance and implement with the GBI team."

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