Mayor Appoints Melanie Nutter as Environment Director

(July 30, 2010)

Mayor Gavin Newsom today named Melanie Nutter as the Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment.

Nutter will lead the Department of Environment, which helps all San Francisco residents and businesses take an active role in protecting and enhancing the urban environment, produces and publicizes information on sustainable practices, and develops innovative and practical environmental programs for all residents.

"Melanie brings years of experience and stewardship on environmental policy," said Mayor Newsom. "Her knowledge of government and her role in building coalitions to promote major environmental policy initiatives will be invaluable as we chart our City's efforts toward a greener, more sustainable environment and green jobs economy."

Since 2005, Nutter has served as Deputy District Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, where she manages the Speaker's district office by supervising staff, addressing constituent concerns, and advising on local policy issues. Nutter functions as the district policy liaison to Speaker Pelosi's policy advisors on issues including the environment, energy, transportation, environmental health, women's issues, and food policy.

Nutter founded and chairs the Energy and Environment Circle for the Full Circle Fund with the help of Vice President Al Gore and green jobs advocate Van Jones. Nutter has been a grassroots political organizer with Greenbelt Alliance, the Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG), and Green Corps. Nutter holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from Northwestern University in Communications and Environmental Studies.