Melynda is the Development Director at SolTerra. SolTerra designs, builds and leases LEED Platinum apartments in Seattle and Portland, and is one of the largest installers of residential solar, living walls and green roofs in the Pacific Northwest. Their mission is to build beautiful structures to connect people to nature, create community in urban environments and make a positive impact on the earth. She views each project SolTerra takes on as an opportunity to demonstrate how buildings can have a restorative effect on our environment and enhance our quality of life.
After graduating from Portland’s Franklin High School, Melynda earned a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon and then moved to San Francisco to develop affordable housing and complete school renovations around the Bay Area. She is a licensed architect in Oregon and Washington and LEED AP BD&C with nearly 20 years of experience in architecture and real estate development. Melynda has served on the Board of Trillium Charter School, and is currently the chair for the Green Building Interest Group (GBIG) – a sub-committee of the Cascadia Portland Collaborative of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and International Living Futures Institute (ILFI). GBIG organizes panel discussions every other month on green building and operations topics of interest to real estate, construction and design professionals in the metro area. Melynda is an alumni of Camp Namanu, and spends her free time backpacking and paddling in the northwest and tending her garden and chickens with her family.