Molly Rettig grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Richmond, where she played soccer and studied sociology. After graduating in 2004, she moved to Colorado to ski, and later earned an MA in Journalism with a focus on Environmental Policy.

She moved to Fairbanks to work as a reporter for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in 2010 and covered government, science, and education. She started working at CCHRC in 2011 because she loved the mission of creating sustainable, culturally appropriate housing for Alaskans. At CCHRC she writes technical and educational articles, produces videos, and works with staff to communicate housing and energy research to the public.