Senior Vice President Market Transformation & Development
U.S. Green Building Council
As Senior Vice President of Market Transformation and Development for the US Green Building Council (USGBC) with over 20 years of experience and accomplishments, Kimberly Lewis knows better than anyone that market transformation begins with people. Kimberly is a catalyst and executive leader in the global green building movement, championing the critical issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion as the center of the sustainability and climate agenda worldwide.
Most recently, Kimberly directs USGBC’s 40 US local community advancement teams along with members, volunteers and emerging professionals around the world delivering on the USGBC mission to improve the quality of life for all through more sustainable buildings, cities, and communities worldwide.
Under her leadership, the values of service and respect undergird people-centric strategies to provide the council and the movement with a strong foundation of stakeholder-based support. Kimberly’s love for people stems from a solid base of faith and family. She is a minister and past leader of women’s and youth ministries.
Kimberly is a movement builder who developed the award winning Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. Part market development platform and part tent revival, Greenbuild was created to propel thought leadership and be the epicenter for sustainability in the built environment and beyond. Under Kimberly’s guidance, Greenbuild became the largest sustainability conference in the world with an annual operating budget exceeding $15 million, 28,000+ attendees, 1500 exhibitors and sponsors,700+ global speakers, and 500+ media outlets. In 2014, Greenbuild was acquired by Hanley Wood LLC (and later Informa) to grow the show and expand it globally.
Recognizing the journey of woman in the built environment, Kimberly fights for gender equality. She created, and currently leads, the global Women in Green (WIG) mentorship programs, summits, and events in the US, Brazil, China, Europe, India, and Mexico.
Kimberly serves as the chair of the board of directors for Groundswell, a nonprofit community solar and energy equity leader with the mission of building community power. She also serves on the board for PaceNation as the diversity, equity, and inclusion thought leader. She has also served on the advisory boards of Starwood Hotels, Marriott International Hotels, and the convention and visitors bureaus in New Orleans, Atlanta, and Denver.
Kimberly has been recognized with numerous awards including the GB&D magazine 2018 Women in Sustainability Leadership Award (WSLA). In April 2011, Kimberly received prestigious recognition as the White House Champion of Change for Clean Energy. She was also named in Glamour Magazine’s 70th Anniversary 70 Women Leaders to Know in Sustainability.