Beth Penfield, LEED AP BD+C, ALEP

Senior Project Manager

An Accredited Learning Environment Planner, Ms. Penfield has engaged in a wide range of planning and implementation assignments while at B&D.  While possessing expertise in educational facilities, she has developed over $15 billion in PK-12 master plans and capital improvement programs and helps lead the firm’s PK-12 practice group.  She has been a key member of the $3.2 billion District of Columbia School modernization program management team since 2007 and helps advise the District on school facility and capital improvement planning issues.  Most notably, she also has served as an advisor to Los Angeles Unified School District and Prince George’s County Public Schools.  

Additionally, in the role of project manager, she has directly managed and delivered over $235 million in PK-12 projects and provided support on many other projects including programming, budgeting, and sustainability reviews.  Her direct project management experience has included three school facilities that earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, two of which also earned the distinction as Green Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.  She is an active member of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) and in 2013 served on the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Integration & Steering Committee to help review and edit the CHPS National Core Criteria.

Prior to joining B&D, she was the event manager for the Department of Athletics at The George Washington University, where she also has served as an adjunct professor.



M.B.A. (The George Washington University)

B.A. Criminal Justice (The George Washington University)

CERTIFICATIONS / associationS 

Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP)

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) BD+C Accredited Professional

U.S. Green Building Council, National Capital Region Chapter

Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) National Integration and Steering Committee

District of Columbia Building Industry Association

Women in Sports and Events

Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University


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