HBN Welcomes Two New Staff in Fall 2020

HBN | October 2020 | Newsletter

HBN is thrilled to announce two new staff additions to our team! We’d like to introduce Austin Wiebe, our new Senior Director of Communications and Marketing, and Nsilo Berry, Health Impact Researcher.

Austin Wiebe comes to HBN with nearly a decade of experience leading marketing and communications for nonprofits. Most recently, he served as the Director of Communications and Marketing for Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES), where he established a thriving marketing function, grew brand visibility, and oversaw the development and launch of a new, fully bilingual organizational website. His previous experience includes roles at Xperitas, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and CSC Publishing, a publisher of trade magazines in the industrial engineering, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and air pollution control sectors. In his new role, Austin will develop and lead strategies to advance HBN’s mission and products, increasing awareness and engagement with our key audiences.

“Austin is filling a critical role and will ensure that our resources and information move quickly into the public realm so that you all get hot-off-the-press solutions for selecting safer chemicals and healthier products. His experience and past accomplishments will advance HBN’s capabilities and help us achieve our mission impact,” said Gina Ciganik, Chief Executive Officer.

Nsilo Berry, Health Impact Researcher, joined HBN in 2020. Previously, Nsilo worked with nonprofit organizations such as Global Health Brigades and Power-Up Gambia, where he was responsible for sustainable health projects in Central America and Africa. The variety of projects included the construction of sanitation stations in an effort to reduce the transmission of infectious bacteria, as well as the installation of portable solar units for remote health clinics. With educational degrees in Biomedical (B.S.) and Material Science (M.S.) engineering, Nsilo is passionate about leveraging his STEM background in low-income communities in addition to BIPOC ones as well. Nsilo’s experiences will provide valuable insights to the research department, while furthering HBN’s mission of environmental justice for all. 

“Nsilo brings energy, passion, and unique expertise to our research team. With his addition we will be able to deepen our understanding of the impacts of materials on people’s lives and on the environment around us. We expand our capacity to bring safer materials guidance to the communities who need it most through our HomeFree program. I am excited for our stakeholders, for YOU, to meet Nsilo and see the positive impacts of our collective work!” said Teresa McGrath, Chief Research Officer, Health Building Network

Please join us in welcoming Austin and Nsilo to the team. We hope you have a chance to work with them both soon!