Mary Trieschmann Named New Head of Rebuilding Exchange

Mary Trieschmann

Mary Trieschmann

The Rebuilding Exchange has announced the hiring of a new Executive Director. Mary Trieschmann is the new head of the Rebuilding Exchange and will lead in its efforts to create a strong, local market for reclaimed building materials by diverting construction and demolition waste away from landfills.

Rebuilding Exchange Board Chair Jack Crane said, “We are thrilled to have Mary join the Rebuilding Exchange team. She is an experienced, passionate leader and eager to take the RX to the next level.”

Trieschmann has over twenty years of nonprofit experience. She previously was an ESL teacher in Wheeling, and has since held leadership positions at childcare, education and civic organizations, including the Illinois Resource Center in Arlington Heights and the Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview.

As the Vice President of Programs at the Kohl Children’s Museum, she collaborated with program staff and board members to build strategic and sustainable programs and manage exhibit development. In addition, she was part of the team behind the Kohl Museum’s construction of a LEED Silver facility in 2006. Trieschmann also led environmental education programming at Oregon METRO in Portland.

“I am excited and privileged to join such a committed team. The Rebuilding Exchange has built a strong reputation that is supported by solid programming and tangible results,” Trieschmann said. “I look forward to working with the staff, the board, and our partners at Delta Institute to build on the strong foundation that has been laid.”

Trieschmann replaces Rebuilding Exchange founder Elise Zelechowski who left this past January to lead the North American Social Impact Program at Chicago-based ThoughtWorks.

“The Rebuilding Exchange is one of the premier social enterprises in the Great Lakes region,” said Delta Institute CEO Jean Pogge. “I am delighted to welcome a new leader who has the experience and the vision to advance the RX mission moving forward. Delta Institute looks forward to working closely with Mary to strengthen the regional market for materials reuse.”

The Rebuilding Exchange is a project of the Delta Institute, tasked with creating a market for reclaimed building materials, diverting waste from landfills and maintaining a retail warehouse where reclaimed materials are sold to the public. The Rebuilding Exchange also promotes sustainable deconstruction practices and provides education and job training programs.


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