In July of 2010, Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Melanie Nutter as the Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment. Nutter leads the Department, which helps all San Francisco residents and businesses take an active role in protecting the urban environment, conducts outreach and education on sustainable practices, and runs many innovative environmental programs including on zero waste, green building, climate and energy, toxics reduction and clean transportation.
Under her leadership, the department has an expanded focus on community engagement, is releasing
an updated Climate Action Strategy, launched a citywide adaptation effort, started a biodiversity program and champions the intersection of tech and sustainability.
From 2005-2010, Nutter served as the Deputy District Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, where she managed the Speaker’s district office by supervising staff, addressing constituent concerns, and advising on local policy issues. Nutter functioned as the district policy liaison to Speaker Pelosi’s DC policy advisors on issues including the environment, energy, transportation, environmental health, women’s issues, and food policy.
Nutter founded and is Chair Emeritus for the Energy and Environment Circle for Full Circle Fund. Nutter is also on the Planning Committee for the Urban Sustainability Director’s Network (USDN) and Co-Chair’s USDN’s Innovation Fund. She serves as an EcoDistricts Board Member, and is on the Star Communities Index Steering Committee.
Nutter holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Northwestern University in Communications and Environmental Studies. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.