This year USGBC celebrates 10 years of Women in Green, a leadership platform to celebrate and connect female leadership in green building. And never before has this been more important. As my colleague Taryn Holowka pointed out in her recent article on this year’s theme for Women in Green: Steadfast and Strong, the pandemic has hit women hard and we need to celebrate the resiliency and strength of women.
We should be deeply proud of the women in green in Latin America. Not only do we have women in leadership positions, but we’ve achieved high levels of gender equity within the industry and a deep bench of female talent.
There are female CEOs and Board Presidents running GBCs in seven major markets for LEED in Latin America. From south to north they are as follows: María Fernanda Aguirre in Chile; Francesca Mayer Martinelli in Peru; Viviana Valdivieso in Colombia; Lorena Rios in Panama; Diana Guerra in El Salvador; Pamela Castellan in Guatemala; and Alejandra Cabrera in Mexico.
We have nearly 20 companies founded by female entrepreneurs and many more companies where women are co-owners, managing directors, or the lead for sustainability within a larger corporate structure*. Perhaps you’ve recently read about some of these amazing women in our member magazine, USGBC+ like Africa Rubio, Lourdes Salinas, and Alicia Silva or seen them speak at Greenbuild.
We must also celebrate the breadth and depth of female leadership in Latin America. This list cannot be a top 10 female leaders in just 10 countries: Not only do we have strong female leadership at the c-level, but those leaders have in turn hired, mentored, and grown female leadership. Women have sought out opportunities to be a part of green building and found a place for themselves in the industry, building expertise and contributing to the national, regional, and global success of LEED and green building.
Today, I’d like to celebrate the rising stars in female leadership in Latin America. These are the women who are working in smaller markets for green building – places that are not yet in the spotlight. These are women who serve as the second in command for a green building enterprise. These rising stars are entrepreneurs, green building champions within a larger corporation, women making the shift to green mid-career, and young women who represent the next generation of women in green.
* Companies that are owned or co-owned by women are listed in bold and under senior female leadership are in italics.
- Laura Chavez, Revitaliza
- Dinah Cuevas Santos, CIVITA
- Jessica Diaz, PIIMA
- Arianna Esparza, Cushman & Wakefield
- Erika García, THREE
- Monica Gortarez, CIVITA
- Carolina Martinez Gallegos, Revitaliza
- Maresa Muñoz, Bioconstrucción y Energía Alternativa
- Eunice Perez, THREE
- Ana Ruiz, Bioconstrucción y Energía Alternativa
- Anneka Kestler, ENVIRO
- Gabriela Longo, Cementos Progreso
- Andrea Moreno, Cementos Progreso
- Pamela Motta, CORPASCO
- Belem Sálomon, Spectrum
- Sofía Valenzuela,W502 Arquitectura
- Susana Carolina Castro Guevara, Sherwin Williams de Centroamérica
- Mónica Chávez, CARBONCERO
- Heidi de Cienfuegos, B100 Arquitectos
- Michelle Espinach, Banco Promerica
- Maria Matamoros, Ambito Arquitectura y Sostenibilidad
- Catalina Mora Ramos, Holcim Costa Rica
- Brigitte Solis Wolffson, Johnson Controls
- Carla Lopez, Colliers-International
- Alessa Stabile, Independiente
- Lorena Rios Castro, Nippon Koei LAC
- Katherine Aguilar, Service & Consulting Group
- Jalime Eskaff, Green Loop
- Lizeth Gomez, Arquitectura Consciente
- Catalina Morales, SUMAC
- Lina Sastoque, Setri
- Ana Lucia Granda, LEAF
- Vanessa Lopez, SUMAC
- Vanessa Montezuma, Arquitectura & Ciudad
- Elda Silva, Independiente
- María del Pilar Solis, Diámetro Arquitectura
- Daniela Corcuera, Quanta Studio
- Adriana Petrella Hansen, CTE
- Luiza Junqueira, StraubJunqueira
- Camila Faccioni Mendes Nagay, Athie Wohnrath
- Sandra Pinheiro, Independent
- Daniela Pires, Petinelli Inc.
- Aline Schroth, Petinelli Inc.
- Myriam Tschiptschin, CTE
- Gabriela Mesquita, ARKE
- Victoria Bressan Cordero, Green Certification Consultants
- Sofia Farah, Green Group
- Yanina Heinnitz, Green Certification Consultants
- Paula Hernandez, MP Hernandez & Associates
- Nicole Michel, Estudio Grinberg
- Micaela Smulevich, Green Group