Through years of hands-on experience in the construction and development fields, Matt Macko came to appreciate firsthand the need for progress in green building. From the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, Matt received degrees in both economics and finance as well as an Entrepreneurial Certification. Meanwhile, he was the President of the University of Colorado's Real Estate Council and the owner of two successful businesses. Matt gained over six years of experience in project management as owner of MAK contracting, a landscape construction company. During schooling and as a post-graduate, Matt successfully built and project managed one of the greenest single family residences in Connecticut. He is now a LEED Accredited Professional, RESNET Energy Rater, Certified Green Building Professional, and Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (Expected '09), as well as Chair of the Bay Area LEED Users Group (BAyLUG), board member of the California Deconstruction and Reuse Network, active member of the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC, and board member of the Emerging Green Builders Association. Through the various projects he's managed, Matt personally encountered many of the challenges associated with sustainable development and has the experience, knowledge, and leadership to overcome new hurdles in future projects.
Matt recently returned from Washington D.C. where he co-wrote the new LEED 2009 exam. As a result, he regularly presents on the changes to LEED throughout Northern California.