Vice President of Transformation & Community
Jenna leads GBA’s efforts to sustainably transform projects, buildings, schools, and communities throughout the 26-county Western Pennsylvania region. She created and implements the Green & Healthy Schools Academy for preK-12 stakeholders, which includes the integration of sustainability leadership and educational programs into area schools and districts. Jenna also created and curates GBA’s Inspire Speakers Series, and Green Financing; assist transformational green building and
sustainability projects; and facilitate community engagement to create healthy, sustainable places
Jenna designed GBA’s School Sustainability Culture Program, a learning community among local schools, school districts, and community partners that work together to explore and implement a values and place-based approach to sustainability in their schools and communities to create environmentally healthy, socially equitable, and economically vibrant places; includes inspiring and comprehensive. This program received the 2013 Best of Green Schools Award for Transformation.
Jenna also created GBA’s Inspire Speaker Series, which brings national and local experts and leaders to Pittsburgh to share their passion and knowledge to inspire the creation of healthy and high performing places where we live, work, learn, and play; in its first 4 seasons, the Series included 26 events with over 50 experts reaching an audience of nearly 4,000 individuals from local businesses, communities, and schools
As GBA’s project and outreach manager, Jenna previously oversaw GBA’s Resource Center (now Knowledge Network), which included answering inquiries, updating online information, developing print publications, and creating reference and database materials. She also assisted with facilitation of the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative and provided technical support to green building projects. Previously, Jenna worked at the Southern Environmental Law Center and University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Jenna holds B.A. degrees in environmental studies and public policy analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her time there, she actively participated in campus renewable energy and sustainable development projects. She also studied international risk assessment and energy policy in Cambridge, England, where she helped develop global warming models and sustainable policies to address climate change.