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President: Brandon Kaysen

An educator and green building professional, Brandon Kaysen manages the K-12 and public environmental education program for the City of Ventura. Brandon is also a lecturer at UC Santa Barbara where he leads a group of students in certifying a building on campus through the LEED for Existing Buildings, Operations & Maintenance (EBO&M) Reference Guide. With over 7 years of combined green building, resource management, and environmental education experience, Mr. Kaysen seeks to collaborate with key players to enhance and encourage the eco-literacy of our building managers, government officials, and community members. Brandon has spent 6 years studying at UCSB, receiving his BA in Economics and Environmental studies and a Master’s Degree in Corporate Environmental Management and Energy & Climate from the Bren School.

Past-President : Candice Wong

Candice is a nationally recognized leader in the public architecture sector, working with municipalities and agencies throughout California on sustainable civic, public safety and institutional projects. She is a LEED accredited professional and works with her clients to create programmatically successful, operationally efficient, and resource conserving buildings that improve the communities in which they are built.  Together with her husband, she is raising two thoughtful and curiosity-filled girls, nurturing a semi historic home, and looks for almost any excuse to do her own construction.  

VP Advocacy : Paul Poirier AIA, LEED AP, PRC, CSC

Paul Poirier is the principal architect in the Santa Barbara based firm Paul Poirier+ Associates Architects designing award winning commercial and residential projects with emphasis on “green” innovation and design excellence.  He is the past President of the USGBC California Central Coast Chapter, served as vice chair of the Pacific Regional Committee, and represents the Pacific Region on the USGBC Chapter Steering Committee. 

He is also on the USGBC Education Steering Committee, working to make educational programs relevant and successful at the local level. Paul is a founding board member of both The Sustainability Project and The Green Building Alliance, two active Santa Barbara based environmental organizations.  In addition, he has served as president of the AIA Santa Barbara Chapter, and as chair of the AIA California Council Committee on the Environment. Paul is committed to maintaining the architectural beauty of the central coast of California, while protecting the environmental quality and sustainability of our community for future generations.


Dustin Lane

Dustin Lane is a Certified Energy Analyst and leads the energy department at BMA Mechanical+. BMA is an experienced design firm committed to develop, support, and shape the built environment with innovative, resilient, and sustainable solutions that put energy conservancy right up front with indoor environmental quality and functionality. In his central roll, Dustin focuses on bridging the gap between disciplines and providing effective consulting to reduce building heating and cooling loads while increasing comfort and energy savings. He was introduced to building sciences at an early age and gained expertise through his upbringing as a third generation Sprayed Polyurethane Foam (SPF) contractor. Working in the family business of 40+ years he learned the values of air sealing and envelope performance control strategies first-hand from pioneers in the field of advanced building materials. His primary focus with the company was on the early application of cool roofing systems to combat the heat island effect experienced throughout California’s metropolitan areas. In addition to high performance roofing and envelope knowledge, Dustin provided countless installations of ccSPF as insulation for commercial, residential and cold storage applications. He is also experienced with Photovoltaics, and spent several years sizing systems and providing schematic design layouts. In his personal life, he is most interested in spending time with his family and enjoying all the “ing’s” that the central coast has to offer: surfing, golfing, fishing, mountain biking, camping etc.

Amanda Martin-Behrendtsen

Amanda has a vision to heal the planet through sustainable building practices and personal connections. Known for being a jack-of-all-trades and a multi-faceted, out of the box thinker; Amanda has come from a humble background and at one-point homelessness.  To pursue her desire for knowledge and to seek answers to the harder questions in life, she has earned multiple degrees and extensive experience as a Nurse, Executive Medical Coordinator, Teacher, Marketing Coordinator, Solar Consultant, Solar Designer and Construction Project Manager; Amanda plans to run multiple social businesses and bridge gaps in society to create a whole healthy community.  She began the growth of her green construction company, Renewal Revolution, during her second year of pre-med studies when she decided she wanted to open a wellness center that treated individuals as a whole and not just a symptom, this clinic would be a social business model and as such would treat everyone, regardless of insurance or income.  She later felt the need to not only give back to her community and the planet but to run outreaches in other countries.  After getting into the solar field on a whim and then building contracting with solar, she realized if she wanted to see her dreams to fruition she had to “be” her goals on every level.  Her cornerstone company was designed so she could cut out the middle man and take control of her vision with full understanding, enabling her to manage any project, anywhere, efficiently whilst being a light to those around her.  Being a social entrepreneur Amanda serves a triple bottom line (People, Planet, Profit), with plans to work closely with the community and several non-profits to ensure that she is not just a helper of our neighbors but a Catalyst for Change.  Seeking out collaborative projects with other local business in an effort to aid in stimulating the economy right here at home and with extensive knowledge in many different building materials from standard to recycled/green materials, multiple renewable energy options, and eco-friendly agricultural design for optimal sustainability.

Brian Johnson

Mr. Johnson is a thirty-year veteran of the community greening and sustainability movement.  From his early years as legislative analyst with the statewide Toxics Coordinating Project, his subsequent leadership of the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and Environment, where he conceived and oversaw numerous environmental programs, including green building, energy and water conservation, toxics use reduction, green cleaning, integrated pest management and green procurement initiatives, to his recent tenure as a Deputy Director at the California Environmental Protection Agency where he led the Statewide Hazardous Waste Program, his leadership has been seminal to the success of sustainability initiatives throughout the world.  Brian’s current role as Director of The Ashkin Group’s sustainability practice, has allowed him to work with leaders and learners in the green cleaning and sustainability movement where he has developed policies, practices, audits and technical coaching for an array of local and global organizations.

Scott Nyborg

Scott has worked in the construction industry for more than 15 years. having played roles from hands-on foreman, to project manager, to business owner and leader.  Today he leverages that experience as an educator as part of Procore's Construction Education team.  Scott is passionate about raising the bar for the industry by driving both a performance-based approach to sustainable construction, and the application of technology to best-practice construction management.

Cash Upton

Cash Upton is Design & Sales Coordinator for Brighten Solar Co. , and a Santa Barbara native who majored in Political Economics with an emphasis on Environmental Sustainability at UC Berkeley. After graduating he returned home to work as the environmental coordinator for the West Beach Music & Arts Festival, initiating practices that earned the festival “A Greener Festival Award.” Cash continued to pursue his dream of sustainable living and began converting a shipping container to an off-grid home and permaculture farm. Cash has been working with solar since 2014, when he installed an array atop his shipping container home using salvaged panels. As an advocate for education, Cash can be found at local elementary school science nights getting kids excited about solar. A major emphasis of his life is social and environmental justice, and Cash advocates for building relationships that can solve the problems that perpetuate poverty and suffering. 

Ryan Kintz

Ryan Kintz joins CCGBC with several years of experience in the sustainability field and an innate drive for environmentalism and respect for nature. He was born and raised in the small town of Idyllwild, California, where his drive and passion for the environment developed. Ryan was raised with a belief in humanity's connection with nature and was taught to strive to reduce the impact humans have on our planet. With this drive he attended UCSB and received Bachelor of Science Degrees in Environmental Science and Geography, with an emphasis  in Geographic Information Systems and Hydrology. Ryan rounded out his environmental education by attending UCSB's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and obtaining his master's degree with emphasis in pollution prevention and remediation and water resource management. With this passion for the environment Ryan has enjoyed a diverse career in sustainability from running a recycling and composting program at a University, to performing steelhead trout migration monitoring and habitat restoration, to running and developing water conservation programs and creating sustainability initiatives for the Community Development Department at the City of Ventura. Most recently, Ryan has expanded his passion for sustainability and the environment by joining the City of Goleta as the Assistant to the City Manager where he intends to take his passion for sustainability to a higher level by continuing and reinforcing Goleta's mission of conservation and sustainability at the executive level.


Brianna Ruland

If Brianna didn't choose the path of architecture, she would have either become a hairdresser or a neuroscientist, but figured that with a degree in architecture she could explore all of the above realms and more. Turns out, this is true. She is a Cal Poly SLO Architecture Graduate from the class of 2015 as well as an accredited LEED GA. She has a passion for keeping up to date and spreading the news about the new sustainable achievements, policy change, and technology that are ever-evolving within the building industry and how people can become educated and involved to participate fully in the green building movement. She believes wholeheartedly that lasting change happens from the bottom up, one individual and small group at a time, until it grows into something substantial.  Being the catalyst for this change, utilizing the CCGBC as a vehicle, in full support of the CCGBC mission and vision, is what she does as our communications coordinator. 


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