With over two decades of experience in her field, Melanie has been a featured speaker and moderator at conferences around the world.  If you have upcoming  speaker needs, please contact us at Nutter Consulting.

Recent Speaking Engagements


Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit

November 27 - 29, 2018 in Sacramento, CA

Melanie served as the moderator for a panel discussing the unique challenges and opportunities of the night economy in major cities. She was joined by:

  • Tina Lee-Vogt, Program Manager, Community Development Department, City of Sacramento

  • Jocelyn Kane, Former Executive Director, City of San Francisco Entertainment Commission


Internet of Things World 2018

May 14-15, 2018 in Santa Clara, CA 

Melanie joined the Internet of Things World 2018 conference as a speaker on a session about "Smart Buildings". 


Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley

May 7-9, 2018 in Santa Clara, CA

Melanie was a key speaker on a panel entitled "Inclusive and Equitable Transit Systems (and How all Residents Can Benefit from Smart City Transportation Investments)."  With a recent project with NRDC titled "Los Angeles Shared Mobility Climate and Equity Action Plan", Melanie had key insights and experience to share. 


Panel: Revolutionizing the shared economy and Mobility as a Service

  • SAI YAGNYAMURTHY: Director of Global Strategy at Ford Motor Company

  • DAN GALVES: Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at Mobileye

  • RAHUL KUMAR: Vice President of Revenue at TransLoc

Smart Cities Summit 2017

october 16-17, 2017 in chicago, IL

Melanie moderated 2 panels at the Smart Cities Annual Summit, with the following co-panelists:

Panel: How to Create Sustainable Cities

  • ERIK SOLIVÁN: Director, Housing and Urban Development at City and County of Denver

  • JOHN SCHROER: Commissioner at Tennessee Department of Transportation

  • LISA BROWN: Local Government Director at Johnson Controls

  • MARIA LONNBERG: Science and Innovation Officer at Embassy of Sweden, Washington DC

  • JEAN PILON-BIGNELL: Manager, Strategic Market Development at Geotab


11th Annual Meeting of the Minds Summit

October 23-25, 2017 in Colombus, OH 

Melanie was a featured speaker on the session entitled "Getting Ahead of AI for Smarter Cities", along with Scott Mauvais (Director of Technology and Civic Innovation at Microsoft) and Gabe Batstone (Co-Founder and CEO of Contextere).

Featured Videos

Melanie was featured in an interview series with World Smart City to discuss advancing sustainable cities through technology and data interventions.


Cleantech Group's Duncan Cheung chats with Melanie Nutter, Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, about the city's "secret sauce." How has SF realized such success implementing its world-leading sustainability programs, and what can other cities glean from them?

Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment Melanie Nutter speaks about innovation and sustainability in urban waste management. Part of the Crystal Sustainability Series, filmed at the C40 and Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards in London.

Melanie was featured in TedxPresidio to speak about her experiences as the Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment, which helps all SF 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.

At the Garrison Institute's 2011 Climate, Cities and Behavior Symposium, Melanie Nutter, Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, described the City's Zero Waste Program. Over the past decade the program has not only significantly reduced the amount of waste produced by the City, it has also created jobs, promoted social equity and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

At a Full Circle Fund Meeting, Melanie was the keynote speaker and discuss "The Role of the Government in Greening the Economy and Creating Sustainable Impact." Melanie Nutter was the Co-Chair of Full Circle Fund's Environment/Energy Circle.


Recent Participating conferences