Rachel Hodgdon

President & CEO, International WELL Building Institute, USA

Rachel joined the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) in November 2016, bringing her broad sustainability expertise and her track record as a leading global advocate for green schools, movement building and social equity to IWBI’s work to advance human health through better buildings, more vibrant communities and stronger organizations.  She was named president of IWBI in 2018 and CEO in November 2020.  With over one billion square feet of space registered and certified in 65 countries, IWBI’s evidence-based WELL Building Standard anchors an ecosystem of products and services that advance, measure and monitor real estate features that help people thrive.    

Prior to joining IWBI, Rachel was with the U.S. Green Building Council, where she founded the Center for Green Schools, which mobilized $275B+ investments in LEED-certified educational facilities, deployed over 750,000 volunteers in 73 countries to transform schools on every continent, and published 1,000+ pages of technical guides and original research.  She also established the organization’s vast knowledge network that served the needs of more than 200,000 LEED APs, helping LEED become the world’s most widely used green building rating system. 

A native of Boston, Mass., Rachel is a graduate of Tufts University. She serves on numerous boards and advisory councils, including Second Nature, Urban Land Institute’s Advisory for Health and Social Equity, the Walgreens CSR Advisory Council, and Paul Hawken’s new regeneration start-up.  She is a sought-after media voice, inspirational speaker and frequent guest lecturer and instructor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, among others.