PHN Staff

The Passive House Network staff is a dedicated group of mission oriented people.  All work remotely.

Ken Levenson, Executive Director

Raised in Vermont, Ken practiced architecture for 20 years in New York City. Starting in 2010, focused on the climate emergency, Ken became a founding board member of New York Passive House, the National Passive House Alliance, and the North American Passive House Network. In 2011 Ken co-founded 475 High Performance Building Supply, with a mission to transform the North American construction industry. Ken has served on advisory panels for Urban Green’s 90 by 50 advanced policy report and the Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings of the United Nations Economic Commission for EuropeIn 2019 Ken stepped down from the board of PHN and the management of 475 and volunteered for Extinction Rebellion

In August 2020 Ken became the first Executive Director of PHN. When not thinking about Passive House or hanging out with his wife and daughters, Ken can often be found walking their Newfoundland dog in Prospect Park. Ken has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute.

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Sharon Gaber, Managing Director

Sharon oversees and manages the education and certification training programs of PHN, develops new course offerings and builds strategic partner alliances. She has been committed to energy efficiency and green building protocols for over 18 years. Starting out in the art & design industry Sharon recognized early on the need to reduce building waste and create more energy-efficient systems. As a LEED AP and BPI certified, she has helped many clients in the museum and design world create more efficient and healthier spaces. She currently serves as the Development Chair for the Environmental Climate Network at the American Alliance of Museums and volunteers her time educating those in the museum/art world. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies, Decorative Art from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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Kyle Smither-Semon, Education Associate

Kyle manages logistics of all our training courses. Kyle has a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University and an Master of Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. Spending his undergraduate career studying architecture before moving into environmental policy has allowed Kyle to immerse himself in building science, data visualization, energy efficiency, and climate science. His unique career path has allowed him to do everything from leading a joint digital fundraising campaign between an international non-profit and a widely-recognized university to working with a local town to redesign an abandoned work prison into a community center and garden, to developing articles, handouts, and infographics geared toward nature-based solutions and climate resiliency.

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Debora Hoffman, Community Associate Manager

Debora manages memberships and acts as the liaison for our local chapters and allies. Most recently, she ran programs and events for an urban library, hosting over 150 speakers and spearheading a nine month series, A Year of Black History. To help manage her climate anxiety, she volunteers with 350.org Massachusetts on writing projects. Debora has a Masters in Public Health from Boston University and a BA in English from Colgate University.

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