Emily Riordan

Director, Community Advancement

As the Director of USGBC's national community advancement team, Emily works to grow the green building movement through the alignment of regional staff with national priorities - including green schools! Across the US, the USGBC community and Chapter partners are leading Green Apple Day of Service projects, connecting with students, supporting educators and providing cutting edge green building education to school stakeholders. By leading the development and implementation of a market development and volunteer engagement strategy for USGBC, our team of 34 regional hubs drives adoption of USGBC initiatives in local communities and at the state and regional level, bringing together member companies, volunteers and nonprofit partners in support of our mission.

Prior to joining USGBC in 2012, Emily supported the DC charter schools movement, advocating for schools and communities throughout the nation’s capital. Emily has lived in the DC area for nearly half her life, falling in love with it upon arriving for her freshman year at the George Washington University, where she earned a degree in English in the classroom, a passion for community in the city, and several bruises on the rugby field.