Emerging Professionals Leadership
Steering Committee Chairs
Paul J. Ramirez
Paul is the Business Developer and a Plumbing Engineer for IEG – a small business MEP engineering firm in Monterey Park, California. He has studied Architecture, Building Engineering & Technology, and Business while at Rio Hondo College, certificates in Plumbing and HVAC&R from UCLA and US-AIR (respectively), he is a LEED Green Associate, and continuously educates through San Francisco Institute of Architecture (SFIA) and Stanford University Engineering online education programs.
As a chair of Emerging Professionals of USGBC-LA, Paul is an advocate to students and young professionals; specifically focused in the areas of sustainable business development, integrated building technology, and innovative ideas for greener living environments and design methodologies. During his time away from improving the built environment, he enjoys to travel.
Anupam Jain (abroad in Dubai, India)
Passionate about sustainability and building technology, Anupam is continually striving for innovative solutions to design issues. He has won several scholarships and awards for his work both in the US and Internationally.
Anupam has studied architecture, urbanism, and building science; subsequently worked with design firms internationally. Inspired by energy and water conservation, he chose to specialize in urban applications of technology and sustainable environmental design. He has always aimed at converting theoretical knowledge and wisdom to practical solutions to real world problems.
Actively engaged within the teaching and research community, he is the author of several papers and publications. Additionally, he has presented at juried competitions and conferences at such places as Los Angeles, Berkeley, Quebec, Surrey, Las Vegas and New York.
Representative to the Board of Directors
Marc Costa is a project analyst at The Energy Coalition, a 501(c) 3 corporation located in Irvine, CA which generates capital through energy with innovative concepts and partnerships between local governments, utilities, businesses, schools, and other constituencies. Prior to The Energy Coalition, Marc advanced the largest green jobs training program in the nation at Long Beach City College. He is a current USGBC-LA Chapter Board Member and is a founding member of both the USGBC Long Beach branch and USGBC Students of CSULB. He also sits on the USGBC committees of Emerging Professionals, Pacific Regional Committee and is USGBC Students National Chair and a member of USGBC Students National Advisory Working Group. Marc holds a B.S. from UCSD in Management Science and is expecting a fall 2011 B.S in Construction Engineering Management from CSULB.
Melissa is currently a student at USC in the School of Policy, Planning and Development and has a concentration in Real Estate Development. She has a passion for sustainable development and plans on implementing that in her future career goals. Melissa previously worked with a non-profit organization on building an environmental education center in eastern Pennsylvania. After moving to the west coast she joined the USGBC-EP LA Chapter and is helping the organization gain a stronger presence on the USC Campus.
Edwin is currently a District Sales Manager for Miller Electric, part of Illinois Tool Works Inc. He studied Environmental Studies at Lehigh University and while new to the LA Chapter, has been a member of the USGBC since 2006. As Co-Chair of Membership & Outreach, Edwin will be focusing on helping grow our chapter through the recruitment of students and talented young professionals in the greater LA area.
Joshua is a Senior Sustainability Technician for Farnsworth Group Inc. a nationwide architectural and engineering firm. The Los Angeles office is focused on sustainability and building commissioning services. Joshua received a BA degree in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology located in Boston, MA and relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career at the forefront of sustainable development and construction. In his role, he navigates project teams through the sustainability certification and commissioning process. He is, an active member of the USGBC, participates in local design competitions, is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Green Building degree from San Francisco Institute of Architecture, competes in the annual Los Angeles Triathlon and is highly promotes local organic food. Joshua and his wife Sara both enjoy hiking, biking, camping, rock climbing and just about anything outdoors.
Justina is a Mechanical Engineer in Training with a broad knowledge of sustainable design systems. Currently at Gotama Building Engineers Inc., she assists the senior engineer in preparing load calculations using Trane Trace, models buildings in EnergyPro to show compliance with The California Energy Code, and prepares documents and reports for Title 24. As an Emerging Professional, Justina helped coordinate the 2011 Emerging Talent Design Competition. She is interested in seeing sustainability more integrated into our daily lives.
Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Joshua utilized his expertise in sustainable development, design and construction to assist owners, architects and engineers on green building projects in the Washington DC Metro area. A LEED Accredited Professional with construction management and supervisory experience, Joshua has worked on multi-million dollar, award-winning LEED certified projects for James G. Davis Construction and KCI Technologies. These have included the USGBC's new headquarters, Marriott"s LEED prototype for Courtyard hotels and the LEED Platinum Robinson Nature Center in Columbia, MD. In addition, Joshua was Co-chair of the USGBC's Young Professionals for the DC Metro and member of a sustainable design team that was a finalist in the 2009 USGBC's Natural Talent Design Competition. An accomplished diver, he was a volunteer lecturer and diver at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD and now a volunteer diver at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. Joshua is a 2005 graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, ME with a B.S. in Biology and soon to be graduate of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA with a Master in Real Estate Development.
Anamika is a skilled sustainability and technology enthusiast. She works as a MEP Model Manager at Suffolk Construction and co-chairs the United States Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter’s Emerging Professionals-Mentoring Subcommittee. She is known for her strong work ethic, dynamic presentation skills, and her adept use of technology to simplify complex problems.
A graduate of Marquette University's College of Engineering, Anamika holds a Masters in Construction Engineering & Public Works Management, as well as a BS in Civil Engineering. She is a LEED Green Associate and a Revit Architecture Certified Professional.
Anamika also enjoys volunteering for social causes that revitalize local communities. She leverages her education and construction engineering expertise to help nonprofits working to provide affordable housing and home improvements for low-income and elderly homeowners.
Grant works in the Investment Sales Multi-Housing group at CB Richard Ellis as a Senior Analyst. Grant is passionate about social justice and wants to see how green building design and technology can be extended to marginalized groups in the built environment both domestically and internationally. Currently, Grant is the Co-Chair for the annual Emerging Talent Design Competition.