Director, Energy & Sustainability
CBRE Asset Services Group
It all started with an organic compost compactor for Zachary Brown. Upon being hired to the Property Management Team at San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building in 2006, the responsibility of training the staff on proper composting procedure fell squarely on his shoulders. The challenge sparked his interest the sustainability component of commercial real estate. Five years later, Zachary made the move to CBRE Asset Services group as a dedicated Sustainability Manager for a national strategic account.
As part of the CBRE Asset Services group, Zachary manages sustainable initiatives and reporting, ultimately serving as the conduit between the ownership and the managers operating each asset. In addition to creating quarterly reports on sustainable activities, Zachary monitors local and state energy benchmarking and disclosure laws and ensures that all assets are in compliance.
In addition to his duties for CBRE, Zachary is an active member of his local San Francisco BOMA chapter.
Senior Property Manager
American Assets Trust
Jose Guevara is a 25 year Commercial Real Estate Professional that has an RPA designation with a California Real Estate License. Currently he is the San Francisco Bay Area Senior Manager for American Assets Trust.
He is a member of San Francisco’s BOMA Energy & Environment Committee and former Chair. He is also a member of BOMA’s Emergency Preparedness Committee. He was the Webinar instructor for BOMA’s Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP) for several years. He is currently an instructor for BOMA’s Real Estate introductory “Foundations Course”. Jose has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2008 and an ongoing member of the USGBC Northern California Chapter. He has been the LEED AP for several LEED Certification projects. Currently he is working on certifying The Landmark Building in San Francisco, a half million square foot property that will be celebrating its 100th year anniversary in 2017.
Sustainability Project Manager
Katie Ross is a Sustainability Project Manager with DTZ's (formerly Cassidy Turley) Sustainability Services. Joining DTZ in October 2012, Katie’s responsibilities include LEED project management, sustainability strategizing and implementation, ENERGY STAR benchmarking and managing energy efficiency projects. Katie has also helped to develop DTZ’s corporate sustainability plan. In her tenure at the firm, Katie has helped with the certification of almost 7 million SF of LEED certified office space.
Prior to joining DTZ, Katie worked served as Deputy Project Manager for EPA’s ENERGY STAR Building Certification program. In this role she managed a team that provided technical support to nearly 20,000 ENERGY STAR partner firms. In addition, Katie served as a technical reviewer for over 200 applications for LEED certifications across various rating systems and served as a quality control reviewer for the General Services Administration's LEED for Existing Buildings: Volume program.
Iris V. Schumacher, Ph.D.
North America Sustainability Marketing Leader, Kimberly-Clark Professional, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Dr. Iris Schumacher is the Sustainability Marketing Leader for North America for Kimberly-Clark Professional*. Her major platform, Beyond Forests*, introduced the world to innovative non-tree fiber sources for bathroom tissue and towel products. These sources, like wheat straw and bamboo fibers, provide a sustainable alternative to wood fiber and do not compromise product quality. The Beyond Forests Kleenex® and Scott® Brand line of products make Kimberly-Clark Professional the first major towel and tissue manufacturer to bring this sustainability innovation to the market. This program supports Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s global commitment to transition at least 50% of wood fiber to alternative fiber sources by 2025.
Iris is incredibly passionate about the overall advancement of sustainability and excited about the leadership position and the direction Kimberly-Clark Professional is driving. Iris has technical expertise in biomaterials, biopolymers, and biodegradable materials. She has a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering specializing in drug delivery systems and a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering specializing in medical plastics from the University of Florida. Iris started with Kimberly-Clark Corporation as an engineering intern in 2000. She has held various roles in R&D, technology development, and product development. Iris has cross-functional business experience in sales, B2C and B2B marketing, and CRM.