Sarah Merricks

Chief of Staff, U.S. Green Building Council

Sarah Merricks has admired the mission of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) since her days as an undergrad at Boston College. A Washington D.C. native and the daughter of environmental lawyers, Merricks was first introduced to the organization by a family friend with a shared passion for sustainability.

A decade and a half after using USGBC educational resources for her college papers, Merricks now serves as the organization’s Chief of Staff. From strategic visioning and communications, to product positioning and brand management, Merricks works closely with CEO Mahesh Ramanujam to support a growing global community of green builders.

Prior to USGBC, Merricks worked at a national clean energy think thank, served as a congressional intern for now Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) on the Select Committee on Energy Independence & Global Warming, and spent time as a research associate for an environmental law firm. In her more than seven years with USGBC, Merricks has brought her environmental law and policy experience and a longtime interest in sustainability advocacy, to her roles as a marketing project coordinator, marketing and communications project manager working on product development for USGBC offerings, and Executive Communications Director for the CEO.

Today, as the organization’s Chief of Staff, Merricks believes that the best way to support the staff and the second generation USGBC vision of healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy is to consistently make the connection between the wellness of a building and a human’s wellbeing, and to communicate the green building community’s dedication to raising the standard of living for people everywhere.

After holding a variety of positions in the sustainability sector, Merricks says what she loves most about USGBC is that the work is making a measurable difference in the fight against climate change. And as a new mother, her appreciation has only grown to include a more personal stake in ensuring the organization’s effectiveness, relevance, and integrity.

Merricks holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Boston College. Merricks lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband Derek, son Bennett, and dog, Teddy.