Our Team: Senior Staff

Brenda Phillips


President, COO

Twitter: @BrendaBPhi

Brenda is the President and Chief Operating Officer for Sain Engineering Associates, Inc. Prior to holding that position, she served as Vice President of the Global Sustainability Group responsible for nurturing and growing SEA's non-federal clientele. Brenda has over 32 years of professional experience in leadership roles that combine the disciplines of architecture, program management, energy consulting and training. As an award winning licensed consultant, with over $1.2 billion dollars of work in place, she understands the nuances of complex, multifaceted programs. Since joining SEA, she has lead in the delivery of 190 million square feet of audited space, 5.8 million square feet of commissioned facilities and in growing the non-federal business sector by 93% in a two year period.

Mrs. Phillips has expertise in overseeing comprehensive energy assessments, energy readiness planning, sustainability planning, design coordination, financial controls, complex scheduling, regulatory requirements, bidding procedures and construction contract administration. She assisted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the development of technical guidance for the Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 Section 512 with the goal of increasing energy efficiency of airports power sources.

Mrs. Phillips brings a creative team-based approach to the overall facility development process, with a focus on energy strategy development, commissioning, sustainability and infrastructure solutions. By becoming an extension of her client’s staff, Mrs. Phillips’ proficiency and expertise as an owner representative has allowed her clients to receive seamless management with the highest standards. Her skills have been used in private industry, academic universities, municipalities, and Federal agencies. She is a conference speaker providing insight on current industry topics such as Big Data, The Internet of Things, total cost of ownership and energy efficiency as an economic driver.

Mrs. Phillips is a graduate of Texas Tech University where she received a Bachelor of Architecture Design. Earlier in her career, Mrs. Phillips was awarded the Construction Management Project Achievement Founder’s Award for project management on the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. In 2009, Mrs. Phillips became a LEED accredited professional. In 2016, she received the Alabama Environmental Council Conservation Award for commissioning services on a two year college campus. She is actively involved in the green building industry and participates in the American Institute of Architects. She is a volunteer locally for Habitat for Humanity as well as Junior Achievement.