Announcing our New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Charles Pankow Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne M. Ellis, PE, FACI, F.ASCE, as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective October 1, 2018. Anne, founder and chief executive officer of Ellis Global, previous served as a special advisor to the Board to rally support for collaborative innovation in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries.

The Foundation’s current Executive Director, Mark Perniconi, PE, will be stepping down and moving on to other opportunities. “We’re forever grateful for Mark’s deep contributions to the Foundation,” said Richard (Rik) Kunnath, PE, president of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Mark has built many strong and vital coalitions throughout our industry to further the Foundation’s mission.”

The Charles Pankow Foundation, in its 13th year, leads industry collaborations, funds research and projects, and delivers solutions that enable the AEC industry to advance innovation in the design and construction of buildings. As the Foundation’s new Executive Director, Anne’s focus will be to expand the foundation’s transformational impact by engaging a broader swath of the AEC industry.

“Over the past 13 years, we’ve built a very solid operational platform and we’ve made major contributions to the industry,” said Rik. “We’re now ready to take our work to the next level of impact.”