International Living Future Institute appoints CEO

Lindsay Baker, International Living Future Institute’s (ILFI) new CEO, has a background as a climate entrepreneur, and she brings experience in launching and growing innovative businesses. Photo courtesy Billy Howard.

Lindsay Baker has been named CEO of International Living Future Institute (ILFI), becoming the organization’s chief strategist.

Baker has a background as a climate entrepreneur and brings to ILFI her experience in launching and growing innovative businesses. Her entry to the green building movement began at the Southface Institute in Atlanta as an intern, before attending Oberlin College to earn a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies.

She was one of the first 40 staff members at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), where she worked to develop consensus about what the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system would become. Baker then earned a master’s degree in architecture, with a focus on building science, from the University of California at Berkeley, with a focus on building science.

She spent five years as a building science researcher at the UC Berkeley Center for the built environment. Baker continued her career in a role with Google’s Green Team, and later co-founded a smart buildings start-up called Comfy, which grew over five years to 75 employees and a global portfolio of clients.

She was the first global head of sustainability and impact at WeWork, where she built the corporate sustainability team and programs from scratch. In addition, she is a senior fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute, a lecturer at UC Berkeley, serves on several non-profit boards, and is an advisor and board member for numerous climate tech startups.

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