2024 40 Under 40: Jodi Balido, PE, CFPS, 38

Global Fire Safety Manager, The LEGO Group; BS, Architectural Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer May 13, 2024

Balido has made strides in fire safety management within The LEGO Group since joining as global fire safety manager in 2023. His prior fire engineering experience includes both design and owner representation roles. His proactive approach to risk management and his can-do mindset have earned him respect among colleagues and stakeholders alike in the different countries where The LEGO Group operates. He actively participates in risk inspections, providing valuable recommendations to enhance operational resilience across multiple sites. He is involved in the design of large-scale factory expansions, coordinating and developing comprehensive fire safety strategies. Balido also holds a Graduate Certificate in Fire Protection Engineering from University of Maryland. He has written articles on fire protection and risk management topics. Balido was a former Toastmasters Club President and in 2020, Balido hosted the Winter Leadership Institute Seminar in Richmond, Virginia. In 2023, Balido volunteered as an engineer panelist for the Midwest Filipino American Summit, a networking and development event for Filipino American students at various Midwest U.S. universities. He also serves as one of the voting principal members on the Building Service and Fire Protection Equipment committee for NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000. Beyond his professional endeavors, Balido remains committed to his family and community. As a loving husband and father of three, he prioritizes his role at home while also engaging in extracurricular activities such as running marathons, breakdancing, coaching basketball and supporting his children’s interests. He also self-published a fantasy novel to Amazon in 2018 under a pseudonym.