our dynamic,
Thoughtful director

Bringing over 27 years of experience in association management along with legislative, regulatory and codes advocacy, Karen Penafiel, CAE, has been the Executive Director of NEII since July 1, 2016. In this position, Ms. Penafiel embodies NEII’s mission and has authority and responsibility for managing the association and coordinating ongoing operations and directives established by the organization.

From 1989 until she joined NEII in 2016, Ms. Penafiel worked with the Building Owners Managers Association (BOMA) International, most recently as the Vice President of Advocacy, Codes and Standards. During her tenure, her focus was to establish BOMA as the premier commercial real estate association on legislative, regulatory and codes issues. In her 26 years at BOMA, she has held several positions within the advocacy division. In 2008, Ms. Penafiel was promoted to Vice President, Advocacy with Codes and Standards added to her role in 2012.

Ms. Penafiel graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York with a

Bachelor's Degree in Government.

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a leader with a clear vision

Karen is our NEII Executive Director. Her clear vision for the future guides and challenges our NEII experts. Together with her team, Karen sets industry goals that push building initiatives forward. Her steadfast demeanor and vast Association experience provides a dependable presence for the entire organization. She works hand in hand with member companies to determine future objectives. 

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