2024 40 Under 40: Michelle DeCarlo, PE, LEED AP BD+C, 38

Associate Partner, Jaros, Baum & Bolles; BS, Mechanical Engineering, Villanova University

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer May 13, 2024

As the first female partner at JB&B, DeCarlo has emerged as an indomitable leader in the New York real estate industry, blazing a path for countless women, leaving an indelible mark on the industry and inspiring generations to come. She wrote the firm’s parental leave policy in 2015, championing work-life balance, and spearheaded a groundbreaking diversity, equity and inclusion resource. Her career arc encompasses many building types and market sectors, chief among them commercial office buildings, laboratories and transportation facilities. She has shone in projects emblematic of profound transformation, of dramatic shifts to the new. Recent projects include the new core and shell office design for 30 Hudson Yards, the commercial office redevelopment of the landmarked Moynihan Train Hall and the New Terminal One at John F. Kennedy International Airport. DeCarlo is very involved in the advancement of women in the industry. In 2018, she launched the JB&B Women’s Initiative, an in-house membership group whose mission is the empowerment of women, positioning them as leaders inside and outside the firm and promoting their retention through leadership and professional development. She also serves on the board of directors for the Commercial Real Estate for Women of New York and is currently the immediate past president. She recently completed four years of service on the ASHRAE New York Board of Governors, serving as chairperson of its Women in ASHRAE Committee. Yet for all her leadership roles, DeCarlo is perhaps most proud of one closer to home: She is the Girl Scout troop leader for her twin daughters’ troop.