Staff & Board Member Bios

Matt Golden, Chair: Matt Golden is the co-founder and president of Recurve, Inc. (formerly Sustainable Spaces), a leading provider of home energy audits and Home Performance retrofitting in the San Francisco Bay Area. Matt has been recognized by the Building Performance Institute as the first ever recipient of the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry. He speaks extensively on building science and integrated green design to such groups as the American Institute of Architects, West Coast Green and Build It Green. He has written numerous articles for Home Energy Magazine and has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Forbes, the New York Times and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Matt currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Home Performance Council, the Building Performance Institute, the California Building Performance Contractors Association, Build It Green and the Fine Home Building Magazine Green Building Advisory Board. Matt holds a bachelors degree in foreign relations from Georgetown University.

Doug Donovan, Vice Chair: Doug is the CEO and Co-Founder of Interplay Energy, a product and consulting company in the residential energy efficiency industry. Doug’s background includes directing the Residential Division of Greener Dawn, Inc. where he developed the Building Performance Institute (BPI) training program for energy efficiency contractors and provided other residential energy efficiency consultative services. Prior to joining Greener Dawn, Doug ran a home energy efficiency product company, Jumpstart to Green, LLC. Doug’s professional past includes launching two start-ups companies and providing equity research at the investment bank, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (now CSFB). Doug is currently a partner at Echo Mountain, a Colorado ski resort which he developed and managed. Doug holds a BA from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Lauren Carson, Treasurer:Lauren Carson is a Partner of CleanEdison, a nationwide leader in Green Jobs Training and Workforce Development. Lauren uses her expertise in sales and building management to develop strategic relationships and manage the sales team nationwide. Lauren has more than five years of expertise in residential real estate acquisitions and property management where she implemented green management practices and energy efficient improvements. Prior to joining CleanEdison, Lauren spent six years at Lehman Brothers where she was vice president of Interest Rate Derivative Sales and a mortgage analyst. Lauren graduated from Trinity University with a BS in Finance and Economics.

Steve Baden, Board Member: Steve Baden has worked in the residential energy efficiency field for over twenty five years, including eighteen years with home energy ratings and energy mortgages on both the state and national levels, and ten years administering a state energy office. Mr. Baden initiated the "Warm Homes for Alaskans Initiative" which received the ""1993 National Award for the Most Outstanding State Housing Program"" from the National Council of State Housing Agencies. Steve was also awarded "Lifetime Achievement Awards" from the U.S. Department of Energy and RESNET.

Lori Collins, Board Member: Lori Collins is responsible for building environmental financing programs for consumer and commercial needs. She has over 20 years experience in financial services marketing and product development, particularly in building new businesses. Lori was a member of the original Executive Team at LendingTree that grew the company from $7 million to $476 million in revenue over seven years. As SVP and General Manager, she led sales, product management, client relations, and areas of marketing and technology for the core business. Prior to LendingTree, Lori was head of marketing for Bank of America’s mutual fund business, which grew assets from $28 to $68 billion during her tenure. Lori also served as VP at Fidelity Investments in Boston, where she launched the first mutual fund marketplace and drove assets from zero to more than $9 billion in three years. Previously she was a director of marketing at American Express Company in New York. Lori earned her MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UNC- Chapel Hill. Lori is Chairman of Environmental Grants for the Women’s Impact Fund in Charlotte and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Amy Fazio, Board Member: Amy Fazio is the executive director of ACI. She has more than 15 years of nonprofit experience in business development, fundraising and marketing. Amy received a Master's degree from Colorado State University in political science with an emphasis on environmental policy. As a campaign director for US PIRG, she began her career as a grassroots advocate and community organizer for consumer rights and environmental policy. Amy is an adjunct professor teaching a sustainability issues course and at Community College of Beaver County. She resides in New Brighton, Pennsylvania.

Laura Reedy Stukel, Board Member: Stukel is an EcoBroker Certified real estate agent and nationally recognized consultant, writer and speaker on home energy efficiency. She serves on the board of the Home Performance Resource Center and as chair of Efficiency First’s Real Estate Working Group. Her background includes change management, communication and adoption of innovation consulting for firms such as CNT/energy, Accenture, 3Com and the American Marketing Association. Her market transformation leverage points include home energy scoring, appraising retrofit value, retrofit promotion in a Multiple Listing Service and one-stop solutions to inspire automatic consumer-driven retrofit at time of home sale, such as Ready, Set, Green HomesSM and Total Cost of Ownership/PITITUM SM (pi-TEE-tum).Stukel’s projects have been covered by Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Chicago Agent Magazine, Natural Home magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine “Deal Estate” blog, the Daily Herald and the Business Ledger. She actively blogs about retrofits at and is a guest blogger on green topics for the Main Street Organization of REALTORs and Chicago Agent magazine. She speaks regularly to business, service and other groups. Stukel is a graduate of Valparaiso University in Indiana where she studied communications and psychology. She lives in Elmhurst, Illinois, with her husband and two small children. She is a member of Elmhurst’s Cool Cities Coalition and serves as the co-founder of Project GREEN (Green Retrofits for Energy-Efficient Neighborhood Homes).

Ed Thomas, Board Member: Ed Thomas is Vice President, Utility and Government Relations for the Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA), a non-profit organization that serves member contractors, manufacturers and distributors focused on delivering energy and water efficiency and renewable energy solutions with the knowledge, tools, training and networking that accelerate their business growth and profitability. EGIA also support utilities and government in achieving their goals related to the development of sustainable markets for energy efficiency and renewable energy products and services. He has a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Butler University and a Masters of Science in Marketing from The American University.