Brenden brings over a decade of green building and policy experience to the Integral Group team, where he leads work on public policy and city-scale innovation. Passion for creating value to businesses, communities, and the planet through sustainability has driven him along his career path. Brenden is committed to increasing communities’ resiliency to the challenges brought about by climate change. With a focus on city and campus scale action planning and statewide policy change, he believes that policy, design and education can work together to help people create healthy, thriving places to live, work, and learn.
Prior to joining Integral Group, Brenden served as Pacific Region Director for the US Green Building Council. At USGBC, he ran all programs for the $80M organization’s largest market, and his office in San Francisco was USGBC’s primary lead with Fortune 100 companies, cleantech startups, and high performance building product and service providers.
Before that he was the Director for Urban Resilience at the Urban Land Institute, the largest global Real Estate think tank, where he oversaw the organization’s work helping communities to prepare, plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to impacts from climate change.
Earlier in his career, Brenden established the City of Santa Monica as an internationally recognized leader in sustainability and high performance building practices. At the City, he developed green building codes, policies, incentive programs, and educational programs and acted as the City’s primary technical consultant for over $400 million in capital projects. He served as Board Chair of the USGBC-Los Angeles Chapter for two years. In addition to his public policy background, Brenden ran operations for the largest green building materials retailer in Southern California and has extensive experience with environmental cleanup and remediation projects at top engineering firms.
Brenden is a LEED AP (BD+C) and has lectured internationally on sustainability, green building, and environmental policy. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and of Yale University.