A New Chapter for the Seattle 2030 District

Sabrina Villanueva, SEA Board member

Dear 2030 District Members,

I am writing to you today to announce that Matthew Combe will be stepping down as Executive Director at the end of this month. We are sad to lose him, but happy for him as he starts his new role with Amazon. As their Sustainability Buildings Manager, he will work to achieve the Climate Pledge goals for their physical stores.

Matthew has been with the district for ten years, serving as Executive Director for almost three years. Our organization has accomplished much in the last ten years: highlighting the importance of the electrification of transportation, creating a new goal for stormwater, successfully advocating for new policies and incentives to promote deep green buildings, starting new programs for small commercial buildings, and educating members on the power of smart building technology. We will miss him and his passion for our mission of reducing the impact of commercial building construction and operation on the environment by breaking down market barriers to building efficiency. 

Given our desire for a smooth transition, the Executive Committee determined that we would hire an Interim Director to continue the quality work you expect from our organization, as we begin our search for a new Executive Director.

I am thrilled to announce that we have found the perfect person to take on the role, Cassandra Delaune. She is a founding District 2030 board member with a significant record of her support for our organization. Since our formation, she has served on almost every task force we formed, starting with the Seattle 2030 District 101 series, explaining our mission to stakeholders, and more recently as a consistent Vision Awards committee member and 2019 event presenter.

Cassandra has a long history in Seattle, addressing sustainability issues in the built environment. Early in her career, she was mentored by and worked for Kathleen O’Brien. She then led the launch, national expansion, and management of the AIA+2030 Professional Series for AIA Seattle. This professional training brought owners, architects, engineers, and contractors together to construct highly energy-efficient buildings. She will help us through this transition and provide valuable insight as we move forward.

Along with our excellent team of Ann Enomoto and Ellen Southard, Cassandra will continue to move our existing programs forward: building dashboards that will be rolling out in the fall; facilitating our energy design competition that is in full swing; collaborating with SDOT to develop new transportation strategies for our members to reduce SOV rates; developing some exciting new programming to youth engaged in the built environment; and working on some incredible stormwater projects lead by Ellen.

The Seattle 2030 District Board values your membership and appreciates your engagement in our mission and goals. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have.

Best Wishes,
Sabrina Villanueva
Board Chair, Seattle 2030 District

Interim Executive Director Cassandra Delaune

cassandradelaune@2030districts.org,
by the Seattle 2030 District main number
(206) 877-2400