Governing Board

TRPA receives direction on decisions from a 15-member Governing Board and a 21-member Advisory Planning Commission, as well as many stakeholders and members of the public.

Visit the TRPA Calendar to view meeting times, locations, agendas and staff summaries of the Governing Board and Advisory Planning Commission monthly meetings.

Governing Board Members

Mark Bruce – Chair

Governor of Nevada Appointee

5975 Home Gardens Drive
Reno, NV 89502
Phone: (775)624-1000
Fax: (775) 624-1003
E-Mail: mbrucetrpa@gmail.com

Board Committees: Legal, Regional Plan Implementation

About Mark

Mark Bruce has a business law practice assisting local, regional, national and international businesses in the areas of business formation, licensing, operations, agreements, entitlements and real estate development. He frequently oversees complex business litigation matters. He assists his clients with government relations and serves as a trustee in estate planning matters.

Mr. Bruce’s philanthropic efforts focus on the environment, at-risk youth, education and social justice. Over the last decade, he has served as a Member of the Board of Visitors for the National Judicial College, a Trustee for The Children’s Cabinet and both a Trustee and Fellow at the Desert Research Institute Foundation. He has also served many years as co-chair of the Philanthropy Leaders Summit, Nevada’s premier annual philanthropic conference.

Mr. Bruce has served as an appointee for two Nevada governors, including the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, where he currently serves as Chairman. He has been a trustee to Educational Pathways International, which supports college and postgraduate education for economically disadvantaged youth in Ghana. He also led branding experts formerly with Nike and National Geographic in a campaign titled Simplify Sustainability that attracted significant attention at national conference for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. 

Mr. Bruce is more dedicated now than ever to the protection of our natural environment, inspiring early childhood education and achieving social justice, which he believes are all inextricably connected and necessary for a better world.   

Cindy Gustafson – Vice Chair

Placer County Representative

P.O. Box 4103
Auburn, CA 95604
Phone: (530) 448-1069
E-Mail: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

Board Committees: Local Government & Housing, Operations & Governance, Regional Plan Implementation, Environmental Improvement, Transportation, & Public Outreach

About Cindy

A thirty-five year resident of North Lake Tahoe, Cindy Gustafson has a long history of both work and volunteer service in the region. Prior to being appointed to the Placer County Board of Supervisors on April 11, 2019, Cindy had careers in the public and private sectors.  After moving to North Lake Tahoe in 1983, she joined a local real estate firm and in 1988 she was hired as the part-time Field Aide to then Placer County Supervisor Mike Fluty, a position she held for just over a year before becoming a full time employee for Perini Land Development. In 1991 she joined the Tahoe City Public Utility District where she worked for 26 years, filling a variety of positions, including serving her final eight years as the General Manager, overseeing the full operations of the District. During her career, she secured and administered $30 million in grant funding for a variety of capital projects including bike trails, sidewalks, water and sewer system upgrades, community buildings, public parks, beaches, and environmental restoration projects. In 2017, she retired from local government and took over as the Chief Executive Officer of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and North Tahoe Chamber, a position she held until she was appointed as the District 5 Supervisor for Placer County.

In addition to her professional career, Ms. Gustafson’s passion for public service has included a wide variety of elected, appointed and volunteer positions, all of which have required extensive community engagement and implementation of complex public policy strategies. In 2003 she was appointed to the California Fish and Game Commission by Governor Schwarzenegger, where she served four years. Ms. Gustafson also chaired the Marine Life Protection Act Blue Ribbon Task Force, which was charged with developing recommendations for protecting the State’s waters along the North Coast of California. In addition she has dedicated her skills, experience, resources and personal time volunteering on multiple boards and commissions for public agencies and nonprofit organizations that serve a broad range of issues, including transportation, education, environmental stewardship, economic development and land use.

Ms.Gustafson and her husband raised three sons in North Lake Tahoe and in their spare time, they enjoy Placer County’s many outdoor recreational activities.

Shelly Aldean

Carson City Representative

504 West 5th Street
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: (775) 885-8282
Fax: (775) 885-9764
E-Mail: shellyaldean@gmail.com

Board Committees: Operations & Governance, Local Government & Housing, Regional Plan Implementation

About Shelly

Carson City Representative

I am serving on the TRPA Governing Board because of my support for a bi-state solution to the challenges facing Lake Tahoe. During my tenure on the Board I have used a common sense/consensus building approach to solving problems and have advocated for solutions that protect the Lake while respecting private property rights and the needs of the local economy. I visualize TRPA continuing to lead the effort to promote a new kind of environmentalism – one that is inclusive of diverse interests but dedicated to finding solutions through moderation, sound science and good stewardship.

  • Born in Berkeley and raised in Piedmont, CA
  • Graduated with a BA from the University of California, Davis in 1979
  • President of the Glenbrook Company – 1998 to present
  • Vice-President/Corporate Broker of Eden Managements
  • Recipient of the Soroptimist International of Carson City’s Women of Distinction Award, the Sam Walton Business Leader Award, the Chamber of Commerce Community Spirit Award and Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow Award.
  • Past President of the Carson City Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of the Carson City Board of Supervisors – 2003 to 2013
  • Carson City’s Appointee to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency since 2003
  • President of the Capital City Circles Initiative since 2008
  • Spouse – Jay
  • Son – Skyler

Vacant

Governor of California Appointee

 

Board Committees:

About

Barbara Cegavske

Nevada Secretary of State

101 No. Carson Street, Suite #3
Carson City, NV 89701-4786
Phone: 775-684-5708
E-Mail: bkcegavske@sos.nv.gov

Board Committees: Operations & Governance, Forest Health & Wildfire

About Barbara

Barbara Cegavske was elected to her first term as Nevada Secretary of State in 2014 and assumed office on January 5, 2015. She was re-elected to her second term this past November. With more than 37 years of combined public service and small business experience, Cegavske brings a unique blend of business acumen and legislative expertise to the Secretary of State’s office.

Cegavske entered public service in 1996 when she was elected to serve in the Nevada Assembly representing Clark County District 5 for three consecutive terms. In 2002, Cegavske ran for and successfully won a state Senate seat for Clark County District 8. She served three full terms before assuming the role of Secretary of State.

As a daughter of small business owners, Cegavske rolled up her sleeves and pitched in with her siblings after school and during summer vacations to help the family business. Her introduction to the free-market system proved to be valuable first-hand knowledge when she and her husband Tim became owners of a 7-Eleven franchise. Over the course of 13 years, the Cegavskes faced daily challenges but also experienced the rewards of employing fellow Nevadans and contributing to the state’s economy. They also learned about onerous regulations that placed burdens on their business and disincentives for a business to be able to grow and thrive.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Cegavske has been a proud Nevadan for the past 45 years. She has two sons, Adam and Bret, who graduated from UNR and UNLV respectively and are raising their own families in Las Vegas. Cegavske and her husband are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.

Belinda Faustinos

California Assembly Speaker Appointee

8415 East Yarrow Street
Rosemead, CA 91770
Phone: 626-614-4990
E-Mail: belindafaustinos@gmail.com

Board Committees: Forest Health & Wildfire, Environmental Improvement, Transportation, & Public Outreach, Local Government & Housing (Ex Officio)

John Friedrich

City of South Lake Tahoe Council Member

1901 Lisa Maloff Way
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: (530) 318-9057
E-Mail: jfriedrich@cityofslt.us

Board Committees: Local Government & Housing, Forest Health & Wildfire, Regional Plan Implementation

About John

John Friedrich was elected to serve on the South Lake Tahoe City Council on November 3, 2020. John has 30 years of experience in policy and program work related to creating healthy and sustainable communities. Since moving to South Lake Tahoe in 2005, John has served as the Program Director at the League to Save Lake Tahoe, and managed renewable energy, energy efficiency and electric vehicle programs at Liberty Utilities. In 2020, John founded the Tahoe Green Jobs Coalition to help employ Tahoe residents in livable wage jobs such as solar and EV charging installation.  John has served on the Boards of Tahoe Fund and Sierra Nevada Alliance. John lives in South Lake Tahoe with his wife Kim Carr, daughter Rosie and puppy Koko.

A.J. Bud Hicks

Presidential Appointee

P.O. Box 2670
Reno, NV 89505
Phone: (775) 788-2000
E-Mail: ajhicks@Mcdonaldcarano.com

Board Committees: Forest Health & Wildfire, Operations & Governance

About Bud

Alvin J. “Bud” Hicks was appointed to the TRPA Governing Board by the President of the United States in May 2018 upon the recommendation of then Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval. Bud is a long-time resident of Nevada, and a two-time graduate of the University of Southern California (B.S. Finance and J.D. Law). Bud and his wife, Suzette, are the parents of two grown children, Joshua Hicks and Marissa Tolotti, and the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.

Bud grew up in Reno and spent his summers at Lake Tahoe during the time before the adoption of the TRPA Compact by the States of California and Nevada. After graduating from law school and service in the U.S. Army, he returned to Reno and worked in the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office as a criminal prosecutor until he was hired by the Nevada Attorney General to work as Chief Deputy Attorney General in the AG’s Gaming Division. During his time in the Nevada AG’s office, he was deeply involved in the State’s efforts to rid organized crime from Nevada’s gaming industry. After leaving the AG’s office, Bud joined and help build the Nevada law firm now known as McDonald Carano where he specialized in gaming licensing and compliance work. As the gaming industry expanded outside of the State of Nevada Bud assisted and worked with a number of the exceptional people and public companies that expanded the gaming industry into the tremendous national and international success that it now enjoys. Following his retirement from the active practice of law, Bud has remained active in the industry by serving as the Chairman of the Gaming Compliance Committee for one of his former clients, Caesars Entertainment, Inc.

Bud and Suzette were fortunate to buy a second home in Glenbrook Nevada in 1994.  Bud served on the Board of Directors of the Glenbrook Homeowners Association for a period of 14 years, during which time he served as President of the Association for 6 years and had extensive experience dealing with homeowner issues and the TRPA. Bud was appointed by the Governor of the State of Nevada to the California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission following the disastrous Angora Fire in 2007 where he and his fellow members of the Commission took testimony from many Tahoe Basin residents, fire professionals, land managers, environmental regulators, scientists and others about the Angora Fire and its after-effects. The Commission developed a comprehensive report that included 48 detailed findings and 90 recommendations that addressed Environmental Protection, Issues of Governance, Community and Homeowner Fire Prevention, Forest and Fuels Management, Fire Suppression and Funding. The report and its recommendations have served as the basis for many constructive changes to policies and practices within the Basin regarding the threats posed by wildfire and has greatly contributed to the improvement of inter-agency and interstate cooperation on matters relating to forest maintenance and related wildfire issues. Bud has continued his service regarding these matters by serving as Chairman of the TRPA’s Forest Health and Wildfire Committee.

photo of Alexis Hill

Alexis Hill (she/her/hers)

Washoe County Commissioner, District 1

695 Brown Street
Reno, NV 89509
Phone: (775) 447-3017
E-Mail: AHill@washoecounty.us

Board Committees: Operations & Governance, Local Government & Housing. Environmental Improvement, Transportation & Public Outreach

About Alexis

Elected in 2020 as Washoe County Commissioner for District 1, Alexis Hill is thrilled to be on the Tahoe Regional Planning Board! Alexis grew up in Sparks and has a passion for working to ensure that our local government makes our community’s lives better. She worked public policy and city planning for more than a decade at the cities of Sparks and Reno. Alexis has also worked in the nonprofit sector at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and at Kids & Horses, a nonprofit for special needs children and adults. She holds a political science bachelors degree from Texas A&M and a graduate degree from UNR in public administration and policy.

James Lawrence

Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Representative

901 S. Stewart Street, Ste. 1003
Carson City, NV 89701-5246
Phone: (775) 684-2726
Fax:  (775) 684-2715
E-Mail: lawrence@dcnr.nv.gov

Board Committees: Environmental Improvement, Transportation, & Public Outreach, Regional Plan Implementation, Forest Health & Wildfire, Local Government & Housing (Ex Officio)

Sue Novasel

El Dorado County Supervisor

924-B Emerald Bay Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: (530) 573-7918 or (530) 621-6577
E-Mail: bosfive@edcgov.us

Board Committees: Legal, Local Government & Housing, Forest Health & Wildfire, Environmental Improvement, Transportation, & Public Outreach

About Sue

Born & raised in Salinas, CA., 4th generation Californian. Graduate of Salinas High School; Lake Tahoe Community College; University of  Nevada, Reno (bachelors degree); and A+ Certification in Computer Technology.

Public Service – Board of Trustees, Lake Tahoe Unified School District – 2004 to 2015; Board of Supervisors, El Dorado County 2015 to present.

Current Commissions/boards

  • First Five Commission of El Dorado County (EDC)
  • EDC Commission for Youth & Families
  • EDC Human Rights Commission
  • CSAC (California State Association of Counties – board member and member of the Executive Committee)
  • TRPA Board (Chair – Local Government & Housing Committee, member – Legal Committee, member – environmental Improvement, Transportation, & Public Outreach Committee)
  • California Tahoe Conservancy Board (Chair)
  • Tahoe Transportation District Board
  • Tahoe Solid Waste Joint Powers Authority Board (Chair)
  • South Tahoe Recreation JPA
  • CALCOG (California Association of Councils of Government) TRPA representative
  • Institute for Local Government (ILG) board – representative for CSAC

 

Wesley Rice

Douglas County Commissioner

P.O. Box 218
Minden, NV 89423
Phone: (775) 742-9864
E-Mail: wrice@douglasnv.us

Board Committees: Legal, Local Government & Housing

Hayley Williamson

Nevada At-Large Member

P.O. Box 4661
Stateline, NV 89449
Phone: (608) 516-6028
E-Mail: hayley.a.williamson@gmail.com

Board Committees: Legal, Forest Health & Wildfire, Environmental Improvement, Transportation & Public Outreach

About Hayley

Hayley Williamson is the Chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, having been appointed Chair by Governor Steve Sisolak effective January 1, 2020. Prior to her Chairmanship, Hayley was appointed Commissioner to the PUCN by Governor Sisolak in 2019. Hayley has also held the roles of Senior Assistant General Counsel and Acting General Counsel for the PUCN. As a PUCN Commissioner and Chair, Hayley has been responsible for developing rules for many important pieces of legislation from the Nevada Legislature, including rules to implement Nevada’s new Renewable Portfolio Standard. Hayley has worked at the PUCN since 2013 and has more than a decade of public utility law experience.

Prior to working at the PUCN, Hayley taught environmental law and environmental science at the University of Wisconsin and at Sierra Nevada College. Hayley has also worked as a ranger for the Dept. of the Interior at Pu’u Honua o Honaunau National Historic Site in Hawaii. Hayley’s work experience also includes work for the Midwest Renewable Energy Association in Wisconsin and Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC. Finally, Hayley has completed internships with the US EPA Region 9, the California Public Utilities Commission, and Senator Finegold and Representative Baldwin, both of Wisconsin.

Hayley graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science; and magna cum laude from Vermont Law School, where she earned her Juris Doctorate. At Vermont Law School, Hayley was an editor of the Vermont Law Review. Hayley also holds a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, where she wrote her master’s thesis on renewable energy and land use issues on the West Coast.

Bill Yeates

California Senate Rules Committee Appointee

3308 El Camino Avenue, Suite 300-223
Sacramento, CA 95821
Phone: (916) 804-0924
E-Mail: jwytrpa@gmail.com

Board Committees: Environmental Improvement, Transportation & Public Outreach, Regional Plan Implementation, Legal

About Bill

I arrived in California from Michigan in 1975 to attend law school at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA.  As soon as I got settled one of the first places I wanted to see was Lake Tahoe.  I had spent my childhood summers visiting with my grandparents in Jackson, Wyoming.  My late mother’s summer home was on the JY Ranch; and, Phelps Lake on the JY at the base of Death Canyon in the Grand Tetons was one of her favorite memories.  During this period of time in my mother’s childhood my grandfather was working to expand the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park.  Because of this personal heritage, I have an affinity for crystal clear alpine lakes.  The Sierra’s Lake Tahoe was a natural draw.

After law school my career path directed me more toward California’s coast.  I became a staff counsel for the California Coastal Commission and was the Commission’s lobbyist from 1978 to 1984.  After I left the Commission I started a lobbying practice representing sport and commercial fishing groups, several environmental organizations, and a few businesses.  I drafted Proposition 117 –California Wildlife Protection Act of 1990 — an initiative measure that provided $800 million for the acquisition of wildlife habitat and protected mountain lions in California from trophy hunting.  After the voters approved Prop 117, I joined the Sacramento law firm of Remy and Thomas and focused my career on environmental law and land use litigation.  In 1994 I started my sole litigation practice, which later became Kenyon Yeates LLP.  My partner and I closed down our practice in October 2011.  Almost immediately thereafter, my parents’ health care needs became my focus.

In March 2013 I applied to the California Senate Rules Committee to be a Governing Board Member of TRPA, because I felt my personal environmental perspective; experience working for the California Coastal Commission; and, more recently, working with diverse interests groups during the passage of Senate Bill 375 (CA Sustainable Communities Program) was a nice fit.  I worked for the Coastal Commission during a particularly challenging time as the Commission was mandated to work with local coastal communities to prepare local coastal programs that when approved by the Commission returned land use authority within the coastal zone to the local agencies with Commission oversight.  This shared approach to protecting the public’s interest in California’s coast is similar to the area plan approval process within the recently adopted 2012 Regional Plan for Lake Tahoe.

I hope that I can contribute to the environmental sustainability of Lake Tahoe by approving area plans that when implemented achieve the environmental thresholds for protecting Lake Tahoe.  I also believe that TRPA can implement the 2012 Regional Plan in a way that provides for sustainable communities that meet the economic and social needs of the people that live and work in the Tahoe Basin.  It will be a challenge, but a challenge worth taking on.

Vacant

Governor of California Appointee

Board Committees

TRPA Governing Board Staff

Joanne Marchetta

TRPA Executive Director

P.O. Box 5310
Stateline, NV 89449
Phone: (775) 589-5226
Fax: (775) 588-4527
E-Mail: jmarchetta@trpa.org

John Marshall

TRPA General Counsel

P.O. Box 5310
Stateline, NV 89449
Phone: (775) 588-5286
Fax: (775) 588-4527
E-Mail: jmarshall@trpa.org

Marja Ambler

Clerk to the Board

P.O. Box 5310
Stateline, NV 89449
Phone: (775) 589-5287
Fax: (775) 588-4527
E-Mail: mambler@trpa.org