Shai J Lauros joined GreenHomeNYC as Executive Director in Spring 2011. Shai has most recently been working on regional catastrophic planning for New York-New Jersey-Connecticut-Pennsylvania in an innovative initiative to plan for the mitigation and response to mega-disasters, with focuses including housing and community (re)development. Previously, Shai worked as an affordable housing developer for Progress of People’s Development Corporation, where she concentrated on the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability of both new developments and existing buildings. Shai also taught architecture and planning to undergraduates, offering courses with an emphasis on socially just and environmentally sustainable practices. Shai has worked as an architect, urban planner and urban designer at various award-wining NYC-based firms, and sits on the Board of Directors of Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Shai’s educational background includes a Master of Science in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics, a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Economics from Barnard College-Columbia University.