Aaron Fairchild | CEO

Aaron has over 30 years in real estate construction, development and real estate finance. He is an experienced fund manager, real estate developer and curator of corporate culture and mindfulness development. Aaron is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Gabon, Africa where he built schools and homes for teachers, and holds an Executive MBA from the University of Washington. He was a two-term board member of Washington Environmental Council and the Master Builders Association and currently serves as a board member of Enhabit. Read Aaron’s story.

Aaron's Story

Aaron’s parents divorced when he was 5 years old, turning him and his sister into classic latchkey kids of the 1970s. They were raised in a tract-home development in the outer suburbs of Seattle by their single mother who did everything she could to provide and put food on the table. She held second and third jobs — delivering newspapers in the dark morning hours with both kids tucked into the back of her Toyota wagon, and holding make-up parties in the evenings selling Mary Kay. His mother bought clothes in secondhand stores and supplemented the rest with clothes she made on her sewing machine at home. He has closely held memories that today conjure a smile when remembering being made fun of for wearing his “home-made” parachute pants to school. While it was busy and not easy, his mother’s household was full of love, support, and respect.
Flipping to the other side of the coin, Aaron would occasionally spend weekends and weeks in the summer with his father, a successful banking entrepreneur who, in addition to building a successful boutique bank, built a working horse farm in the woods. It was on these visits to the farm that an environmental awareness began to grow in Aaron. Beginning at young age, Aaron had opportunities to take care of large and small animals, play in the woods, and observe the laborious journey of spawning salmon swimming upriver in his father’s creek.
The stark contrast between his single-mother’s struggle to provide for her two children in the overtly male-centric world of 1970s and 80s, and his father’s ease and wealth, imbued in Aaron an enduring sense of disparity and empathy.
Not long after the divorce, Aaron’s mother began relying on the support network of a local Southern Baptist church. During Sunday School and throughout bible studies, Aaron was always intrigued by the stories of adventure and exploration. He read books about the adventures of missionaries in faraway lands and became determined to find his own. So, at age 15, he went on his first foreign adventure, travelling to the Fiji Islands for a summer to build a church dormitory in a rural community on the main island. Determined to continue adventuring, Aaron graduated high school early and went back to the Fiji Islands. After four months of speaking in rural community churches and coordinating a youth camp in the mountains, his Fijian adventure ran its course as Aaron ran out of money. Faced with the reality of needing a job, he came home and leveraged his basic construction experience from prior years in Fiji, and began working in residential construction as a general laborer. Though he didn’t know it, this initial step into residential construction would be carried with him throughout his life’s journey.
After a season of working on a single-family construction site Aaron concluded that adding education to his new-found love for construction would help open additional opportunities. With determination, but not a clear sense of the direction to pursue in his education, he applied to a state college, Washington State University, and was thankful to be accepted. Among the course readings in his first university class, Cultural Anthropology 101, were Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces and The Power of Myth; he was forever changed. He learned to view divinity and social difference through the lens of culture, social justice, and history. After a year at Washington State, Aaron gained direction and transferred to Western Washington University and began taking classes in Environmental Studies while continuing to pursue his studies in Cultural Anthropology.
During his time at Western, he settled quickly into the environmental crowd, taking his adventures into the great outdoors. Drawn to the natural world through his early experiences playing on his father’s farm, he began backpacking, mountaineering, and rock climbing with newly minted friends. Aaron’s time in college provided a firm substrate of basic understanding of culture and the environment which lead to a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and enough credits for a minor in Environmental Studies.
Throughout college, Aaron continued building and increasing his construction experience so that after graduation, he was well armed with his hammer and a new awareness of culture and the environment. This combination led him to join the Peace Corps in the mid-1990s. He was sent to Gabon, Central Africa to build schools and homes for teachers with the Programme de Construction et d'équipement Scolaire. His post was in the remote lushness of the Gabonese central african rainforest. While living in rural African villages, far from the western world’s conveniences, Aaron became intimately aware of the lack of opportunity available to the average Gabonese, and the devastating impacts of logging and development on the virgin rainforest and wild habitats. This left an indelible imprint on Aaron, once again impacting the direction of his future.
While, Aaron never pictured himself a banker, and was often critical of the suit-and-tie his father wore, the lack of opportunity and mobility he witnessed in Gabon caused him to consider that perhaps his views of his father and his father’s world deserved exploration. He decided that, rather than continue his travels, he would return home after his service in the Peace Corps to take advantage of the opportunity to learn his father’s business. So, upon arriving back in the United States, he began a career in banking and joined his father’s firm, Pacific Crest Savings Bank.
After several years in the bank, Aaron met his wife, Susan, at a Rainier Chamber of Commerce meeting. At the time, Susan was working as the coordinator for an at-risk-youth mentorship program in Rainier Valley of South Seattle, and she was at the chamber meeting recruiting mentors. Prior to that, she worked in a homeless shelter with the Downtown Emergency Services Center in Seattle. Needless to say, Aaron quickly fell in love, and as they grew together, the focus and influence of Susan’s work began to create a growing feeling of disquiet within Aaron.
After an extended engagement, Aaron and Susan went on a honeymoon journey through Southeast Asia and Indonesia, which only increased Aaron’s mental and emotional discomfort with the idea of banking in the simple pursuit money. Upon their return in 2004, Aaron finally began the work of aligning his career and life to his values. He joined Social Venture Partners, the boards of the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability, and the Washington Environmental Council. Then, in 2006, he made the difficult decision to leave his father’s bank and focus 100% of his energy, time and limited resource on seeking alignment.
His new journey of alignment eventually led him to John Berdes, the CEO of the CDFI, Shorebank Enterprise (today known as Craft3). It was his relationship with John that began to open his eyes to the possibility of working on the intersection of banking and social and environmental impact. As an early mentor to Aaron, John frequently pointed to the inequity of property ownership in America and challenged him to do something about it. This lead to a formal engagement with Craft3 to help design their residential energy efficiency loan product that eventually supported both Clean Energy Works of Oregon and Community Power Works in Seattle. Aaron’s early work with John still influences his outlook today and helped inform the creation of Green Canopy in 2009.
Aaron’s journey led him to align his life’s experiences and unique skill sets in banking and construction, with his passion to create environmental and social impact. And it was through this journey that Green Canopy was born. Today, with the aid of many like-minded people, Aaron passionately pursues Green Canopy’s work to harness market forces and align them to develop enterprise value necessary to generate ever-scaling environmental and social outcomes.
Aaron and Susan have two children and live only a half mile from his mother. He is a committed dog owner, urban chicken farmer, bee-keeper, father, husband and son. Their family loves to backpack and camp, and run on high mountain trails.

Aaron serves on the Board of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties and Enhabit of Portland, Oregon.
Aaron is a former board member of the Washington Environmental Council, Evergreen Business Capital, Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability and Executive Committee Member for Built Green of King and Snohomish Counties.
Aaron has served on Seattle Mayor Nickles’ green building task force, Seattle Mayor McGinn’s Stakeholder Evaluation and Implementation Committee for the Community Power Works Program, and Seattle Mayor Murry’s HALA task force on financing affordable housing. 


Alex Harrington | Estimator

Alex currently works with the estimating team and has an extensive background in construction project management. Alex enjoys skiing in the Cascades and brevity.


Aline Jouandeau | Interior Designer

Aline joined our Design channel in April 2018 shortly after her and her husband planted new roots in the Seattle area. She earned her degree in Interior Design from Montana State University and is currently working toward receiving her NCIDQ Certification. Before coming to Green Canopy Aline worked in the sales and retail environment for interior furnishings. She is excited to be a part of the team and Green Canopy’s mission and focus on sustainability to make a positive impact on the world for the planet and all its creatures! Outside of work Aline loves to read, hula hoop, hike, swim and travel with her husband.



Ami joined the team in 2013 and has over 12 years of experience in professional administrative roles. She currently manages all aspects of Human Resources for the Company including leadership development, recruiting and hiring, compensation and benefits administration, employee relations and compliance. Ami moved to Portland in 2014 to help the Company establish its second location and also manages the Portland office. Ami is passionate about Green Canopy’s mission and is most proud of helping the Company become a Certified B Corporation. Ami holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from San Francisco State University. When Ami’s not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Ryan, and their two dogs, Bishop and Maddie.  


Andy Wolverton | CFO & Cofounder

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Andy is a third generation real estate manager and returned home to Portland in June 2019 to work from Green Canopy’s PDX office. He is an experienced finance professional and manages all aspects of Green Canopy’s capital, including his role managing the Company’s real estate debt funds. He graduated summa cum laude from Seattle Pacific University, where he played on the men’s soccer team for four years. He is an avid mountain biker, runner, outdoor enthusiast, and he still enjoys playing soccer. Andy is a Beta Gamma Sigma graduate of the Executive MBA program at the University of Washington.


Autumn Sullivan | Construction Project Manager

Autumn joined the Green Canopy Team in 2018.  She has been in the construction field for 20 plus years and building residences for more than half of that. Autumn is a self-proclaimed city girl and after building in the ‘burbs for (too) many years, she is excited to be working and building in the city again. 


Boyd Pickrell | Architect

LinkedIn Boyd@greencanopy.com 
Boyd is a licensed architect with over 20 years of experience in architecture and real estate development.  He has a deep knowledge of residential buildings, and he is passionate about directing his work in the built environment toward addressing the twin crises of climate change and housing affordability.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, and he serves as a board member of Carbon Washington and as a member of the Real Estate Development Committee of Homestead Community Land Trust.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his daughter and reading books about economics.


BRETT RICE | Site supervisor

Brett joined the Green Canopy in June of 2018. He has 17 years of experience building custom homes, and a certification from University of Washington in Construction Management. Outside of work, Brett’s hobbies include camping, golfing, and magnets.


Clinton Fry | Senior Estimator

Clinton has been with Green Canopy since January of 2015 and a Senior Estimator since June of 2017. He has 26+ years of residential construction experience in a wide range of disciplines. Clinton likes being outdoors and can be found hunting, fishing, hiking, and downhill skiing (read flying).


Emily Butterfield | Marketing Coordinator

Emily joined the Green Canopy team as the Marketing Coordinator in January of 2019. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor’s in advertising and a minor in international studies. Her professional interests lie in using marketing a means of advocacy, primarily in sustainability and human rights. Her past positions include work in graphic design, communications, social media management, and videography. When she’s not in the office, some of her favorite activities including exploring the trails of the PNW, thrift shopping, and curating her apartment walls.


Evan Abernathy | Framer

Evan Abernathy started with Green Canopy in April of 2018 one rainy day in Seattle. Previously he has constructed landscapes in Southern California, remodeled homes in Oregon and graduated from Lane Community College with an AAS in residential construction in 2013. Off the clock Evan likes to spend time riding BMX bicycles, working on his Van and building things.


Evan Welch | Site Supervisor

Evan graduated from the University of Vermont in 2011 with a major in Sociology and double minor in Green Building Design and Community and International Development. He is a certified BPI Building Analyst who has 5 years of combined experience in residential energy conservation and solar retrofits. Evan recently joined the Green Canopy team in 2017 after completing a Masters Degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from the Harvard Extension School. Evan applies his knowledge of the whole home approach to his responsibilities as a site supervisor. When Evan is not working to make a difference in our built environment, he can be found skiing, biking, and exploring the outdoors.


Jennifer trujillo | accounting manager

Jen has been working in accounting and office management for over twenty years and has been the owner and operator of her own bookkeeping firm, JLB, Inc. for the last nine.  She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the books at Green Canopy.  Having concentrated her Business Degree from the UW in Human Resource Management, she also provides Green Canopy with HR guidance when the need arises.

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Jessica Tranquada | Design Project Manager


Jim Nicholson | HomeOwner Services


John Ales | Design Project Manager

John joined Green Canopy in March of 2018 as a Design Project Manager. His work experience and projects have ranged from single-family housing to commercial and public projects over the last 25 years. He is a registered Architect in the State of Washington, NCARB certification, LEED® Accredited Professional, AIA Seattle and a national member and Certified Sustainable Building Advisor. John attended the University of Washington for undergraduate studies, earning a double bachelor’s in architecture and construction management. For several years, he worked before returning to complete a Master of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and is taking the University of Washington Runstad Center Master of Real Estate (MSRE) program. John’s activities outside of work and studies, include volunteering at his kid’s school and spending time with family. He enjoys exploring new places and cities and is an active member of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He is also a Seattle native!


Joel Dorwart | Lead Framer

Joel has worked in construction since 1997 and as Site Supervisor and Lead Framer/Manager with Green Canopy since January of 2017. He has specialized in onsite building and management of high-end custom home construction, commercial mid-rise envelope waterproofing and glazing and owned a masonry and tile company all in the Seattle/Eastside area.  Joel enjoys being with family, riding bmx bikes, shredding snowboards, camping, hiking, and spending time with friends.


Joey Steuermann | Framer

Joey Steuermann started with Green Canapy back in June of 2018. He spent his younger years helping out his Uncle doing side jobs on the weekend building fences and remodels. After graduating high school, he got into building homes for a small company in Ocean Shores. In his spare time, Joey likes to go for drives with his boyfriend, camp, and travel the world. He is also a member of the Seattle Men’s Chorus.


Justin Hooks | Vice President, Construction

Justin is an experienced professional in construction management with over a dozen years of diverse responsibility in commercial and residential construction project management. He is responsible for the overall management of Green Canopy’s construction program, and he works closely with the entire team to ensure the comfort, beauty, and successful completion of every Green Canopy Home.


Kimberly Shipley | Architect

Kim has 12 years experience in the field of Architecture, with the last 6 spent designing and managing projects for a local, residential, spec building company that she helped start up. She is excited about joining Green Canopy and being a part of such a thoughtful and visionary team. When she’s not working, she and her husband can be found communing with nature, backpacking, playing ultimate Frisbee, and traveling.


Kyle Kutz | Design Project Manager

Kyle joined green canopy in June of 2018 with 5 years of Architectural experience designing custom homes and civic projects. Kyle grew up around construction, working for his Father building and remodeling homes throughout his high school years. He later went on to Graduate with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Kansas and moved to Seattle. Kyle is an avid Seattle Sounders Fan, an OK skier and a terrible golfer. He joined Green Canopy to help design sustainable, beautiful, and affordable homes and further the goal of making net zero energy homes the norm.

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Marcus Henderson | Estimator

Marcus joined Green Canopy in July of 2019 with a diverse background ranging for data analysis to natural building. As a New Yorker, Marcus was forced to be aware of the built environment and its social and environmental impacts. After getting a Masters of Science in Urban Sustainability from the City College of New York, he began using his data analysis skills to create building retrofit strategies for New York City’s municipal buildings. Exhausted by the nature of the urban landscape, Marcus then left to explore alternative modes of living and building. He eventually landed in Moab, UT where he learned natural building skills as an apprentice for Community Rebuilds. Now as an estimator for Green Canopy, Marcus hopes to make sustainability affordable and incorporate natural materials into our homes. In his spare time, Marcus enjoys jiujitsu, rugby, and rock climbing.


Mark Grismer | Construction Project Manager

Mark first entered the construction industry while completing a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning in 2011.  He has been involved in land development and residential construction ever since, and joined Green Canopy in June of 2018 to engage in his passion for smart growth and sustainable development. Mark holds a Minority Commercial Real Estate Certificate from Project REAP and is a Portland Neighborhood Tree Steward. Outside of work you’ll likely find him looking for an outdoor adventure, good food, and quality time with family and friends.   

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Michael Weems | Field Associate

Michael started working with Green Canopy in October of 2018. He is certified in stand up and sit down forklifts, and he highly enjoys building toys and gifts in my family’s workshop with his sons.

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Richard Enstad | Framer

Richard has been a Site Supervisor at Green Canopy since March of 2016, managing the operations of project sites and working closely with Project Managers to ensure the quality completion of each home. He came to the team with 20 years of construction experience and outside of supervising sites, he enjoys going outside,  tinkering around in his garage and spending time with his family including his three boys.


Roddy Yates | Senior Site Supervisor

Roddy has been with Green Canopy since 2014 overseeing projects from start finish, and training new Site Supervisors. He came to Green Canopy with about 20 years of experience in the commercial and residential sectors. Roddy also loves to cook and has cooked for Alan Alda and Chuck Norris. Lover of camping, fishing, exploring and hunting.


Ryan Nieto | Construction Program Manager

Ryan has spent the last 10 years developing and applying his mechanical skills and systems driven thought process to the world of residential construction. Armed with a keen eye, knowledge of air movement, thermal transfer and building science, Ryan is now building processes and programs that allow Green Canopy to systematically fight the war against unintended air infiltration and heat loss within their homes. His love for the outdoors and mountain air drives him to inspire others to build homes that are healthy for both people and the environment.


Sam Lai | Cofounder & Chief Acquisitions Officer

Sam has been overseeing the acquisition, re-design, and sales of Green Canopy Homes from the 1st project. Sam graduated from the University of Washington in the Arts and International Communications and has been a real estate appraiser and developer for over a dozen years.  He currently serves on the board of New Horizon’s Ministries, a non-profit in Belltown area of Seattle which connects with and provides services for homeless youth on their journey toward healing. Sam holds a Sustainability MBA from Presidio Graduate School.


Susan Fairchild | Director, Investor Relations & Impact

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Susan brings to Green Canopy her experience aligning investors’ human and financial capital to their values as well as evaluating organizations for impact with a rigorous due diligence process. She has worked in the non-profit, philanthropic and business sectors – always with an eye towards impact. Susan holds an MPA from the University of Washington. She was appointed by the Mayor of Issaquah to the Issaquah Park Board in 2017 and continues this service to the community. Susan is an ultrarunner and her happiest of moments are when she, Aaron and their two children are skiing or running in the mountains.


Val Korol | Construction Project Manager

Val joined the Green Canopy Crew in 2016 and has enjoyed bringing his building expertise to this collective group of experts. He has over 23 years of experience in the construction industry and a degree in Civil Engineering. Val enjoys working with his hands, camping and skiing.



Current Opportunities

We're hiring and looking for talented, mission-aligned people to join our team!


Residential Framer | Now hiring for January 2019


There are currently no open positions in Portland

We are always looking to build relationships with great talent to join our team! If you are interested in working with Green Canopy but don't see an open position that is the right match for you, please email a letter of interest along with a copy of your resume to our Human Resource Department