David N. Benjamin, Ph.D
Sivilarkitekt MNAL, LEED AP BD-C, Charrette Planner
David Benjamin serves as senior advisor to John Todd Ecological Design. He has been practicing architecture since 1985 in the U.S. and Norway, and is committed to delivering innovation and quality for all aspects of the design, construction, and financing of sustainable architecture. He is also a founder of the company better.
Dr. Benjamin has a master’s degree in architecture from Washington University, a Ph.D. in architecture/archaeology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim), and performed postdoctoral research on innovating the Passivhaus standard for Oslo region contracting companies with a fellowship grant from the Norwegian Research Council, 2010-2011.
He has published extensively on the subjects of the home, ecological and low-energy building design and the theoretical basis of ecological design in books, journal articles and in conference proceedings. His design practice includes building designs for several indigenous people groups, including an educational facility for a tribe in Bolivia, low energy housing for Great Plains tribes, the design and construction of several housing projects in Norway and designing and managing stakeholder charrettes for building and urban design project. Dr. Benjamin participated with many stakeholders in the Nordic low energy building design community to establish the Passivhus Norden organization in 2007 – 2009, is a serial investor in ecological technologies and most recently established the consultancy for financing sustainable buildings and infrastructure better, Inc. in Burlington, Vermont.
Rob Conboy serves as the Chief Financial Officer at John Todd Ecological Design. In 2004, Rob received the first MBA at the University of Vermont with an emphasis in sustainability. This degree solidified his commitment to the environment and the power of business innovation. He has over 20 years of sales and strategic planning experience, all of which have been with highly entrepreneurial companies. He is a founder and CEO of the company better.
Jonathan was the driving force behind JTED for nineteen years and oversaw the development and design of many of JTED’s most successful projects. Today Jonathan is located on the west coast and is focused on addressing the most pressing water issues in that region.
Business Management, Administration
Richard A. Sherman, CFP®, is the business manager for John Todd Ecological Design Inc. He has had a diverse career in business, administration and financial services.
Rich earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Fordham University in New York City, a master’s in education at Springfield College and a certificate of advanced graduate study at Worcester State University.
He has been a Certified Financial Planner since 1986 and has been an independent financial adviser since 2006.
He has previously held positions at John Hancock, A.G. Edwards and TD Banknorth.
He retired as a lieutenant colonel with the Massachusetts Air National Guard and served on active duty with the U.S. Navy.
Rich is also an adjunct professor in the College of Business at Bridgewater State University.