STAR Communities is incorporated in the District of Columbia. Our Board of Directors include representatives from our founding partner organizations and key sustainability champions.
Current Board Members
Shannon Clements Parry, Chair
City of Santa Monica, California
As the Deputy Sustainability Officer for the City of Santa Monica, Shannon works to integrate environmental protection, economic vitality and social justice into her community. Her work includes performance indicators, business and community greening, and sustainability management. She is currently involved in developing a Zero Waste Plan, Water Self Sufficiency Plan, Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, and an Energy Independence Initiative for Santa Monica. Shannon is an Executive Committee member of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability. She is a founding Steering Committee member of Green Cities California. Shannon is a member of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and a LEED accredited professional. She has authored sustainability curriculum for college students and the general public. She received her Masters Degree in Urban Planning from UCLA where she was a founding member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability. She received the Erin Brockovich/Ed Masry Fellowship for Leadership in Environmental Justice and the Jeffrey L. Hanson Distinguished Service Award. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management and a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley.
Garrett Fitzgerald, Vice Chair
Urban Sustainability Directors Network
Garrett Fitzgerald is the Strategic Partnerships Advisor for the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN). Garrett supports USDN in strategic planning, organizing collaborative activities, and engaging external partners to help USDN members advance their work. Garrett previously managed the Sustainable Oakland program from 2008 to 2013 for the City of Oakland, CA, and served as Programs Director for ICLEI USA. As a USDN member, Garrett served on the Planning Committee and co-chaired the Regional Networks Coordinating Committee. He has provided leadership to several field-building collaborative efforts, including development of the STAR Community Rating System and ICLEI’s Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Protocol. Garrett holds a Master’s degree in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied community sustainability performance management. He is a LEED accredited professional and a past Fellow and Leadership Grant Recipient of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation.
Dylan Siegler, Treasurer
Dylan Siegler is a Sustainability Specialist with NRG Energy in Austin, TX. Previously she was the Sustainability Manager in the Office of Sustainability at the City of Austin, Texas, where she led the office’s work with metrics and indicators; coordinated sustainability initiatives connected with redevelopment projects including the Seaholm EcoDistrict; and collaborated to advance organizational and community sustainability outcomes related to food systems, building resource efficiency, and infrastructure design, among many other areas. She managed Austin’s 4-STAR rating in the STAR Community Rating System Pilot, participation as a STAR Beta Community, and was a member of the STAR Steering Committee from 2011-14. Previously, she was Associate Principal at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, where she provided sustainable design and operations consulting services to commercial, civic, and heath care clients including the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, the first LEED Platinum hospital in the world. She holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. Dylan is a LEED accredited professional and a cofounder and organizer of GRoWERS, Austin’s grassroots green roof group.
Catherine Hurley, Secretary
Argonne National Laboratory
Catherine Hurley is Sustainability Program Manager for Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, IL. Previously she served as Sustainability Manager for the City of Evanston, IL where she was responsible for implementing programs and policies to help Evanston create the most livable city. This included the Evanston Livability Plan and the City’s STAR Community Rating, which provides a framework for continuous improvement around environmental, economic and social issues.
Prior to working for the City of Evanston, Catherine worked for MWH Americas Inc. where she was a Supervising Engineer and Project Manager, and Resource Efficiency Management Group Leader. Catherine has a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Dayton, is a Registered Professional Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional.
National League of Cities
Brooks Rainwater is the Director of the National League of Cities’ City Solutions and Applied Research Center. He oversees NLC’s research, research partnerships, and community engagement efforts to strengthen the capacity of municipal leaders to create strong local economies, safe and vibrant neighborhoods, world-class infrastructure, and a sustainable environment. Brooks’ areas of expertise include economic development, urban innovation, and sustainability. He has appeared in a range of media outlets, including CNN, NPR, and the Los Angeles Times. Brooks also frequently contributes writing to Fast Company, Metropolis Magazine, and City Minded. Prior to joining NLC, Brooks was Director of Public Policy for the American Institute of Architects (AIA). While at the AIA he developed the Local Leaders in Sustainability research series, analyzing nationwide trends in green building policy. Additionally, he spearheaded the Cities as a Lab initiative, which focused in on the key role that cities play as creative instigators of innovative practices leading our country’s economy forward. Brooks was a 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar. He is a graduate of George Washington University’s Masters of Public Administration program and lives in Arlington, VA.