Daniele Horton

Founder & CEO, Verdani Partners

Daniele Horton has over 24 years of experience in corporate sustainability, real estate and project management. Her expertise, dedication and passion are central to her leadership of Verdani Partners as the Chief Executive Officer. Daniele is a licensed architect, a LEED Fellow and a Certified Energy Manager. She was named one of the “Top 10 Most Powerful Women in Sustainability” in 2014 and a USGBC Shero for Purpose in 2020.

She is currently leading the Verdani team in sustainability efforts for over 20 national and international real estate firms. Most of Verdani’s clients rank among the top ten on GRESB (the largest global ESG benchmark for real assets), which speaks to the success of Verdani’s sustainability and ESG programs. As the head of sustainability for Thomas Properties Group for almost a decade, Daniele led the LEED certification of TPG’s nationwide portfolio of office buildings in house and was ranked as the highest environmental performer on GRESB in the Americas in the Office category (2011, 2012 & 2013).

Daniele is a Harvard graduate with a master’s degree in Sustainable Development and holds degrees in architecture, urban planning, and construction management. She is an adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego where she has taught Sustainable Real Estate at their MSRE program since 2013. For almost a decade she has actively participated on national sustainability committees such as the GRESB Benchmark Committee, ULI Greenprint Performance Committee and has served on USGBC’s Advisory Council, USGBC-LA, SDGBC Boards and the BOMA Sustainability Committee. For her leadership in the industry and with over 100 speaking engagements on her roster since 2008. Daniele also started a non-profit organization called the Verdani Institute for the Built Environment (VIBE) to advance global sustainability adoption in the built environment.