Maria Perez is a Senior Associate and Director of Sustainable Design for Gensler, a global architecture, design, and planning firm. In this role, she serves as one of the firm's leading sustainability ambassadors and promoters, engaging staff, clients and the public on innovative and sustainable design, construction, and operational thinking. One of her prime directives is to facilitate and coordinate sustainable design, health and wellness, inclusive design, resilience, and third-party certification efforts with project teams for complex facilities, campus, and corporate projects. Maria's experience in architectural design, interior design, and planning contributes to her holistic approach and understanding of sustainability at various levels. With her focus on ESG research and increasing knowledge of multiple Practice Areas, Maria brings a high level of awareness of sustainable design to Gensler's staff. Her latest achievement includes the largest LEEDv4 Platinum Project, Bank of America Tower, and the first LEED Zero Energy project in Texas. As a leader in the industry, promoting green building and sustainable living practices, Maria serves on the Board of Directors of the US Green Building Council Texas Chapter and the USGBC National LEEDvS Design and Construction Consensus Committee. Maria Perez is the South-Central Regional Climate Action and Sustainability Practice Area Leader. In this role, she serves as one of the firm's leading sustainability ambassadors and promoters of Gensler GC3 goals, engaging staff, clients, and the public on innovative and sustainable design, construction, and operational thinking. A recognized expert in LEED standards and sustainability rating systems, she is a leading advocate for performance-based design. She plays a pivotal role in the development of sustainable tools, which have led to the implementation of sustainability for some of the largest projects in the firm.