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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