Emily Hand is Director & Chief of Staff at Verdical Group, responsible for business development for green building and sustainability projects nationally. She leads the Client Solutions team focused on pursuits, proposals, and teaming opportunities. In her role as Chief of Staff, she serves as an air traffic controller for Verdical Group’s CEO and senior team; an integrator connecting work streams; and problem solver providing advisory and oversight for the company as a whole. With nearly 10 years in the industry, she has experience in project management and client relationship management working with a variety of clients and high performance projects. Her work helps clients achieve their building certification and sustainability & wellness goals and supports the firm’s mission to inspire a net zero future in our built environment.
As Verdical Group’s first intern & employee, she has worn nearly every hat within the company from marketing, operations, project management, business development, events, and people management. She was also previously a Senior in the Indirect Tax, Credits & Incentives and Climate Change & Sustainability Services department at Ernst & Young LLP (EY), where she consulted with Fortune 500 companies to integrate environmentally sustainable practices into their operations. Her work facilitating the green building certification process for over 100 million square feet of building space, resulted in over $50 million in tax incentives for clients.
Emily has worked with high profile clients including: MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, Apple, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, Seagate, Teknion, LACCD, UCLA, and Amgen. She holds LEED AP BD+C, Green Globes Professional (GGP), and Fitwel Ambassador credentials and is an active member of the USGBC-LA Chapter where she is a Women in Green Mentor and served on the Greenbuild 2016 Los Angeles Host Committee. Emily holds a B.S. in Natural Science and Environmental Studies from Loyola Marymount University (LMU).
Through Verdical Group’s 1% for the Planet giving, Emily supported Friends of Ballona Wetlands.
- Green Building Project Management
- Sustainability Program Management
- Business Development & Strategy
- Journal of Ecology and the Natural Environment, “Exploration of climate influences on the abundance of galls on red willow (Salix laevigata) across two riparian communities in Southern California,” 2014.
- USGBC.org, “A Student's Perspective: Green Apple Day of Service on a College Campus,” 2013.