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to create a more resilient future together


Our Team

Jim Newman | Principal, LEED AP O+M

Jim transforms complex environmental performance information into valuable actions and tools for decision-makers. His experience includes over two decades in strategic planning and operational efficiency management with institutions and private firms. Prior to Linnean, Jim was a driver of green design into the standard practices of design and construction firms as the Director of Strategy and Business Development at BuildingGreen. He led the development of the BuildingGreen Suite, and also led the creation of the LEEDuser information resource.

Jim has an MS in Management Science from Lehigh University and a BS in Architectural Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Jim is a Regenerative Practitioner and trained on using the Living Environments in Natural, Social, and Economic Systems (LENSES) Framework. Jim is a founding Board member of the Resilient Design Institute and serves on the Boards of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter and The Center for Living Environments and Regeneration.

John Gravelin | Project Manager, LEED Green Associate

John develops environmental performance and resilience strategies through GIS-based analysis, research, and energy modeling. John has extensive experience conducting carbon emissions analyses and resource efficiency audits for municipalities, institutions, and individual buildings. John has experience in graphic design and communicates complex data through illustrations.

John has a Bachelor's of Design Studies specializing in Architectural Technology, certificates in Sustainable Design and Sustainable Urban Planning, and received the President's Award from the Boston Architectural College.

Kelley McGill | Project Manager, LEED Green Associate

Kelley ensures projects and operations at Linnean run smoothly and efficiently. Kelley has experience in assessing building-scale resilience and resource consumption, managing EcoDistrict projects, and organizing effective conversations to increase collaboration in communities. 

Prior to joining Linnean, Kelley graduated magna cum laude from Trinity University as a Distinguished Scholar with a BA in International Environmental Studies and a BS in Finance. Kelley received the Best Analyst award from Trinity’s School of Business and earned a certificate in sustainability across the curriculum.

Ellie Hoyt | Sustainability Analyst

Ellie tackles complex datasets to produce useful information and sustainable solutions. Ellie has experience conducting life cycle assessments, analyzing and tracking municipal energy and resource use, and performing GIS-based hazard analyses to develop building-scale resilience strategies. Ellie is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Sustainable Building Systems from Northeastern University’s College of Engineering. Ellie arrived at Linnean from the environmental consulting field with experience in environmental site assessment and hazardous waste remediation. Ellie has a BA in Geology with a minor in Mathematics from Colby College.

Holly Jacobson | Sustainability Consultant

A project manager and sustainability consultant, Holly helps to develop sustainable infrastructure and resilience planning strategies for a range of public and private partners. Prior to Linnean, Holly supported resilience-based research and community engagement in ecological design and natural resource management in Utah, and managed marketing and project development for a non-profit, impact-driven architecture firm in Massachusetts. Holly has a master’s in city planning from MIT, and a bachelor’s in biology and environmental science from Bowdoin College.  


Kelsey Powers | Sustainability Consultant

Kelsey develops strategies to guide the design of efficient buildings and systems for Linnean's clients. Using principles from LEED v4, the Architecture 2030 Challenge, Living Building Challenge v3, and WELL v1, Kelsey works to create the healthiest living experiences for occupants. Prior to joining Linnean, Kelsey spent several years providing environmental health and safety guidance to several of Boston’s biotech firms, hospitals and higher education institution. Kelsey holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Design from Boston Architectural College and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy from Union College.




Bill Reed | Principal / Partner, AIA, LEED | Regenisis 

Bill has consulted on hundreds of building and master planning projects; integrating and harmonizing complex infrastructure, ecological, and community dynamics - demonstrating that is is possible for people and nature to thrive together. The business benefit of this process is that projects cost less with higher performance and significantly faster approval times. More powerfully, communities and organizations begin a transforming process that results in a new way of being in relationship to each other and cooperating to add value to the health of the places we live. This work is known as Regenerative Development.

Dr. Sarah Slaughter | CEO and Founder | Built Environment Coalition 

Founded in 2011, the Built Environment Coalition is led by Dr. Sarah Slaughter, a recognized expert in sustainability and resilience for the built environment. Its aim is to develop practical knowledge to improve the resilience and sustainability of the built and natural environments. Its focus is innovative analytical approaches, methodologies, and tools, and effective strategies for communities and organizations to develop, assess, and implement sustainability and resiliency improvements. The resulting analytical approaches, methodologies, tools, and learning modules are publicly distributed through the Built Environment Coalition. 


Alex Wilson | Founder | Resilient Design Institute 

The Resilient Design Institute is a nonprofit committed to advancing resilient buildings and communities in the face of more intense storms, more frequent flooding, drought, extended power outages, and potential shortages of heating and transportation fuels. Alex is the founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. in Brattleboro, Vermont, an 18-person company that has served the design and construction industry with non-biased information on environmentally responsible design and construction since 1985.