We are thrilled to share the news that Lindsay Baker will be joining the International Living Future Institute as CEO, effective August 9, 2021. In this role, Lindsay becomes the organization’s chief strategist, charged with delivering on our mission to lead the transformation toward a civilization that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.
Having served as interim CEO of ILFI for the past year and a half, I am particularly excited about the deep passion, knowledge, vision, and heart-centered approach that Lindsay brings to this critically-important work. As a member of the executive search committee, in collaboration with the ILFI Board of Directors, I have had the opportunity to get to know Lindsay well, and am confident that she is the ideal leader to drive our social enterprise forward to confront the urgency of the climate crisis and achieve global impact.
Lindsay has an impressive 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 BA in Environmental Studies. She was one of the first 40 staff members at the U.S. Green Building Council, where she worked to develop consensus about what the LEED rating system would become. Lindsay then earned an MS from the University of California at Berkeley in Architecture, with a focus on Building Science, and spent five years as a building science researcher at the UC Berkeley Center for the Built Environment.
Lindsay 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.
Please join us in welcoming Lindsay to the team as she builds on ILFI’s achievements of the last 10 years.