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Melanie Bontusa

Senior Project Manager

Melanie Bontusa is a senior project manager in Brightworks Sustainability’s Nashville office.  Embodying Brightworks’ high-touch approach to project management, Melanie focuses on LEED, resiliency, and sustainability planning programs for:

  • Multi-family housing
  • Higher education
  • Technology
  • Government
  • Real estate development
  • Healthcare
  • Food processing and grocery


Within Brightworks’ resiliency practice, Melanie has adapted City of Boston and Red Cross standards to help private developers integrate measurable strategies.  She has also piloted the RELi resilience rating system in private developments.

Within Brightworks’ sustainability planning practice, Melanie served as project manager for the UC Riverside Net-Zero Energy Plan and is serving as lead project manager for Forest City Development’s Pier 70 redevelopment in San Francisco.

Melanie’s experience also includes sustainability projects for developments in:

  • Arts, entertainment, and media
  • Cultural
  • Manufacturing
  • Aviation
  • Planning
  • Banking and financial services
  • Biotechnology and life sciences
  • Construction
  • Consumer goods
  • Energy
  • Sports and recreation
  • Transportation


Before joining Brightworks, Melanie worked on the new DeYoung Museum, the San Francisco General Hospital, the UCSF Medical Center, and the Stanford University Medical Center as an architectural designer with the San Francisco-based firm, Fong and Chan Architects.


  • LEED v4
  • LEED for Homes
  • LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED CI)
  • LEED for New Construction (LEED NC)
  • LEED for Core & Shell (LEED CS)
  • LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED B:O&M)
  • CalGreen
  • Living Building Challenge


  • University of California, Berkeley
    Bachelor of Architecture

Technical Credentials & Professional Memberships

  • U. S. Green Building Council
    LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)
    LEED Accredited Professional, Homes (LEED AP Homes)
  • International Living Future Institute
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Selected Experience

  • Fong & Chan Architects


  • U. S. Green Building Council
    Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group, Member 
  • U. S. Green Building Council, Los Angeles Chapter
    Westside Branch Steering Committee, Member

  • Olive-View UCLA Medical Center
    2035 Campus Master Plan