The Green Building Initiative (GBI) is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to accelerating adoption of green building best practices. As the President of GBI, Worden brings more than 20 years of experience working with industries, governments, and a variety of non-profit organizations in the advancement of broad sustainability objectives.
Before taking the helm of GBI, Worden served as President of Worden Associates, Inc., a consulting firm, from 2005 to 2015 where she worked to progress sustainability goals in sectors that included government agencies, international non-profits, and diverse industries, such as solar, furniture, composites, wood products, and rainwater harvesting. She is a former judge of the White House ‘Closing the Circle’ Sustainability Awards, and has helped to develop and launch extensive programs, services, and green labels, including the GBI’s Green Globes® rating system for commercial buildings, whose launch she oversaw as a consultant to GBI between 2005 to 2010.
Worden is a leader known for her ability to build consensus and bridge political, technical and business domains. She has a penchant for promoting education on sustainable development issues and, in her role with GBI, enjoys the opportunity to work with some of the largest portfolio managers in the world, including the Department of Defense and major brand owners in the private sector.
Worden is also a dedicated association management professional and long-time member of American Society of Association Executives. Additionally, she holds an MBA from Loyola University in Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from West Chester University in Pennsylvania.