Andrea Pinabell, LEED AP, is the President of Southface Institute. Since 1978, Southface has been a leader in sustainable advocacy, building, planning and operations across the U.S. With a vision of a regenerative economy through resource efficiency, social equity and a healthy built environment for all, Southface’s consulting services, workforce development, research and policy practices are supporting better homes, workplaces and communities.
Prior to Southface, Andrea was the Vice President of Sustainability and Global Citizenship at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. where she led the strategy, operations and integration for Starwood’s global sustainability programs and its related philanthropic efforts programs across ten brands (Westin, Sheraton, W, Le Méridien, St. Regis, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft, Element, Tribute Portfolio and Luxury Collection, along with Starwood Vacation Ownership) and global footprint of nearly 1,500 hotels in over 100 countries. At Starwood, she also led a multi-year leadership and incubation program, Hotel of the Future (HoF), which was tasked with curating the sustainable hotel of the future and then “testing” the concepts in diverse communities as well as piloting emerging technologies across national/regional-level stresses and risk management profiles including socio-economic, wellness, natural resource (e.g. drought) & disaster issues.
Before Starwood, she was the Director of the Sustainable Cities Institute & Sustainable Community Development Program Manager with The Home Depot Foundation (THDF). During this time, Ms. Pinabell led the launch of the Sustainable Cities Institute and was a core founding partner in the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Prior to THDF, Ms. Pinabell lead several consulting and commercial/industrial teams both domestically and internationally.
She is known for her purpose-driven and collaborative leadership style, is an engineer by education and brings over 25 had over years of wide-ranging sustainable business and operations expertise. In addition, she sits on several nonprofit boards including 2030 Districts, Center for Responsible Travel and the Institute for GA Environmental Leadership as well as being honored with multiple awards including being inducted into the 2018 Energy Leader 75, recognizing some of the nation’s top energy leaders and Smart CEO Magazine’s Award (2015) honoring visionary leadership in the commercial real estate industry.