Molly Cutler

Molly Cutler


Principal, Cutler Development

Scott and Molly Cutler own Cutler Development, a commercial development firm based in Des Moines, Iowa. The firm’s mission is to “develop projects that better neighborhoods, society and the environment.” They focus on urban infill, mixed-use projects in walkable areas serviced by mass transit. Their projects all have a workforce/affordable component to the residential units, with unit set-asides for residents making 30-80% of Area Median Income. They incorporate sustainable design into historic renovation and new construction alike, and have completed one mixed-use mass timber building (11 residential units) and are under construction on a second mixed-use mass timber building (20 residential units) that is on track to be the first workforce housing Zero Carbon Certified building in the country (as certified by the International Living Future Institute).

Molly joined Cutler Development after almost a decade working for ExxonMobil in Houston, Texas where she held leadership roles in manufacturing, data analytics, and business development during her tenure. She likes to say she was doing “development work” at ExxonMobil when building out financial models for potential future petrochemical plants. She is a native of Northern Virginia and received her Chemical Engineering degree from Yale University. Molly and Scott enjoy working together on projects and continue to push the boundaries of environmental design on both new construction and renovation projects. They live in Des Moines, Iowa with their newborn son and dog. Molly serves on the MLAB board of the USGBC Iowa Chapter and is committed to accelerating green building practices, technologies, policies and standards in the Midwest.