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    Rachel Gesik

    Project Manager

    A project manager in Brightworks Sustainability’s Portland office, Rachel Gesik serves Brightworks clients throughout the United States.

    In the Pacific Northwest, she is a member of Living Building Challenge, LEED and EarthAdvantage project teams for the National Park Service / Yellowstone National Park, Alexandria Real Estate, City of Eugene, Gerding Edlen Development, Kemper Development, and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).  In other regions — including Boston, Chicago, Fort Worth, and New York — she is a member of project teams for Facebook, Google, Gucci, and Related.

    Before Brightworks, Rachel served as a Program Associate at CLEAResult coordinating the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Residential New Construction program, including Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes and NEEA’s Efficient Homes Pilot.

    While pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University, Rachel was a consultant to Build Smart NY, studying sustainable operations and maintenance (O&M) practices for the State of New York’s government buildings, in compliance with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 88.


    • Columbia University
      Master of Public Administration (Environmental Science and Policy)
    • Northeastern University
      Bachelor of Arts (Organizational Communications and Environmental Studies)

    Technical Credentials & Professional Memberships

    • U.S. Green Building Council
      LEED AP Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)
      Parksmart Advisor
    • Center for Active Design
      Fitwel Ambassador
      Fitwel Technical Advisory Committee, Member
    • Earth Advantage Commercial
      Project Steward
    • Cascadia Green Building Council
    • Building Performance Institute
      Building Science Principles Certificate of Knowledge

    Selected Experience

    • CLEAResult
    • Build Smart NY
    • UbiCare
    • York & Chapel

    • Gerding Edlen Development
      Old Town Waterfront Apartments
    • Gerding Edlen Development
      625 Division Apartments