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Global Board of Directors IFMA 2023-24

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has announced the member-elected executive committee and appointed members of its global board of directors for the 2023-24 fiscal year.

Led by Chair Dean Stanberry, CFM, SFP, who begins his term July 1, the board will concentrate efforts on ensuring facility management professionals worldwide have the resources and support to advance in step with emerging industry and business trends.

Stanberry said: “Facility management’s significance has soared beyond the mere upkeep of physical spaces. The pandemic underscored the critical need for adaptive, safe and efficient environments, pushing FM to the forefront. We’re no longer just custodians of bricks and mortar but facilitators of innovative, agile workspaces that drive productivity and wellbeing.”

IFMA’s global board intends to build on successes achieved over the past year, including exceeding 23,000 members worldwide; releasing 10 research reports, eight of which were first of a kind; adding new, industry-leading training geared toward keeping FM skills proportional to changing demands; and partnering with other well-respected organisations to address built environment issues and opportunities.

IFMA President and CEO Don Gilpin commented: “IFMA’s board, staff, volunteer leaders and components worldwide have worked tirelessly to keep our professional community informed, engaged and prepared amid radical changes in how, where and under what conditions people work, gather and interact. We have expanded our educational and informational offerings, and broadened and strengthened our network, providing our board with a solid foundation from which to grow. Dean Stanberry brings over 20 years of industry knowledge and association leadership to the board, which will keep our momentum going.”

Stanberry is an active industry advocate, previously serving as chair of both IFMA’s Government Affairs Committee and the Environmental Stewardship, Utilities and Sustainability Community. He is an Advisory Group 2 committee member and U.S. representative for ISO/TC 267, which has produced multiple documents within the ISO 41000 FM standards series, which focuses on FM as the foremost contributor to a more productive, sustainable and livable built environment.

Stanberry continued: “Integrating smart technology, renewable energy solutions and highly efficient building systems has become vital to our operations. The growing demand for decarbonisation means we are central players in the global effort to reduce buildings’ carbon emissions. We have witnessed first-hand how robust facility management can positively transform organisations, enhancing the employee experience, reducing costs, and contributing to broader social and environmental goals. It’s an exciting time to be in this evolving field, and the relevance of our work has never been more pronounced.”

IFMA 2023-24 Global Board of Directors  

Executive Committee  

Dean Stanberry
Contractor to the U.S. General Services Administration
Denver, Colorado, USA

First Vice Chair
Lynn Baez
Enterprise Vice President of Facilities and Workplace, McKesson
Irving, Texas, USA

Second Vice Chair
Christa Dodoo
Head, Global Facilities Management Services United Nations World Food Programme
Rome, Italy

Don Gilpin
President and CEO, IFMA
Traverse City, Michigan, USA

Past Chair
Laurie A. Gilmer
President/COO, Facility Engineering Associates, P.C.
Santa Rosa, California, USA

Board of Directors  

Francisco Antonio de Souza Abrantes, MBA
Senior Consultant, FASA Consulting
São Paulo, Brazil

Trudy Blight, CFM, FMP, SFP, BID, PIDIM, PMP, IFMA Fellow Project Manager,
AES Services, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Jason E. Callis, CFM
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Cheryl Carron
Global Head, Facilities Management & Experience Services Corporate Solutions, JLL
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Lorena Espada
EMEA Head of Facility Management, Chubb European Group
Madrid, Spain

Aykean Matthews, MBA, CFM, FMP
Facilities Director, The International School of Port of Spain
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

APAC Delivery & Performance Director, GSK

Lena Thompson, FMP, SFP, IFMA Fellow
Director, Building Operations & OFM, American Psychological Association
Washington, D.C., USA

Luis R. Viña
LatAm Alliance Director | CBRE @UBER
Ciudad de México, Mexico

To find out more about IFMA’s global board of directors click here.

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