Senior Director, Events and Engagement
Marge leads CATF’s meeting and events function, harnessing the full power of human connection to accelerate and scale CATF’s climate solutions. Our guiding principals are to put people first, design event experiences intentionally, innovate, and prioritize empathy, optimism, and joy.
Marge’s career has been focused on decarbonizing the built environment, specifically market transformation efforts to move the building industry towards net zero and net positive energy. She was the Executive Vice President of Slipstream, a national nonprofit that creates, tests, delivers, and scales the next generation of technical solutions in commercial and residential building energy.
Marge’s career experience spans grassroots organizing, nonprofit leadership and governance, program development, and technical education. She founded and built Slipstream’s education team that trains 10,000 building professionals annually. Her leadership in the global meeting and events industry includes chairing the Meeting Architecture Board and chairing the inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Task Force when she served on the board of Meeting Professionals International.
Marge was the 2015 Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s board of directors. She chaired the buildings working group for Dane County, Wisconsin’s climate action plan team, and serves on the Illinois Green Alliance’s carbon drawdown advisory committee. Marge chairs the Board of Directors for the New Buildings Institute and was their first diversity officer.
Marge inherited her love of nature from generations of outdoorswomen, and her commitment to social justice from her working-class childhood in an American Rust Belt city. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College. Marge is a birder, an amateur naturalist, and a storyteller. She lives with her wife in Madison, Wisconsin – and sometimes in Wisconsin’s north woods. Her personal motto is climate maven Tony Juniper’s quote: “it’s too late for pessimism.”