Jessica Bristow

Director, Living Building Challenge


Jessica is the Director of the Living Building Challenge team, nested within the Programs + Innovation group. In her role, she is responsible for directing the evolution, development, and maintenance of ILFI’s building programs which currently include Living Building Challenge (LBC), Core Green Building (Core), Zero Energy (ZE), and Zero Carbon (ZC). This work also includes defining the philosophy, performance goals, and advocacy frameworks for reaching the highest bar of holistic performance within the building industry.

Originally from San Antonio, Jessica attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she received a Bachelor of Architecture and a M.S. in Architectural Science with a focus in Built Ecologies. Prior to joining ILFI, Jessica worked for over a decade in the private and public sectors of New York City in architecture, construction, sustainability, and high performance design. She deeply believes in the importance of healthy and ecologically restorative buildings and is excited to see and help the industry grow toward a more equitable and living future.

In her personal time, she can be found exploring the spaces and places that make NYC wonderful, escaping to the great outdoors, or happily being a homebody (probably gardening, hammocking, or hosting friends and family).