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 NAPHN. 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 oversee the education and training efforts of PHN, developing new course offerings and managing current courses. Sharon has been committed to energy efficiency and green building protocols for over 15 years. Starting out in the art & design industry she 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 an Master of Arts in Museum Studies Decorative Art from the FIT.

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Sara Hill, Education Associate

Sara manages logistics of all our training courses. Sara Hill is a learning systems designer, permaculturist, and DEI advocate. She brings over 6 years in the learning and talent development field with an interest in systems thinking and the neuroscience of learning. She has a life-long interest in sustainability and environmental stewardship. Sara volunteers with DESIGNxHUMANITY, a non-profit design collective collaborating on real-world projects advocating for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Sara received her Permaculture Design Certificate from the Urban Permaculture Institute of San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

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