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Governing Board Members
Mark Bruce – Chair
Governor of Nevada Appointee
5975 Home Gardens Drive
Reno, NV 89502
Fax: (775) 624-1003
Board Committees: Legal, Regional Plan Implementation
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
Board Committees: Local Government & Housing, Operations & Governance, Regional Plan Implementation, Environmental Improvement, Transportation, & Public Outreach
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.
Carson City Representative
504 West 5th Street
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: (775) 885-8282
Fax: (775) 885-9764
Board Committees: Operations & Governance, Local Government & Housing, Regional Plan Implementation
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
Governor of California Appointee
101 Oakdale Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
Phone: (310) 944-1503
Board Committees: Operations & Governance
TRPA California Governor Appointee
- Sr. Advisor to the President & CEO of Silicon Valley Leadership Group as Senior Advisor to the President.
- President of Strategic Business Development for The Cielo Group, a start-up solar company based in southern California.
- Former California as Chief Assistant Secretary of State; Chief of Staff and Senior Staff Director for California Congressman and Senator Tom Campbell; Legislative director to Congressman Ed Zschau and public policy advocacy expert.
- 30 year veteran of public, private and non-profit sector experience in federal, state and local public policy development working in Nevada, California and Washington DC focusing on policy engagement and public-private partnerships.
I am a native Nevadan, born and raised in Reno/Lake Tahoe region. My mother, Betty Browne Beyer was the Northern Nevada director for US Senator Howard W. Cannon from the mid 1960s until her passing in 1978. She worked on the first memorandum of understanding in the late 1960s that eventually lead to the creation of the TRPA. Serving on the Board is full circle for me and my opportunity to serve all stakeholders for the Lake Tahoe Basin – a passion and lifelong goal.
I am a consensus builder by trade where my public service career has focused on building bridges between diverse groups of people. I look to find common ground on policy issues whether it is protecting the natural beauty of the Monterey Bay, creating bicycle transit plans in southern California and now promoting and protecting Lake Tahoe. As a native Nevadan and a California Governor Appointee, I bring a unique perspective to the board where I can reach across the aisle or state line to seek advice and unite our mutual interest about the Lake’s environment while enhancing the economic vitality of the Lake.
The adoption of 2012 Regional Plan Update is a milestone event for the Lake. For the first time in decades, public policy debate is focused on the future of Lake Tahoe and not painted by the discontent of the past. As one board member my vision is about producing common goals with input from all stakeholders of the Lake. We have many challenges ahead in eliminating Evasive Species from the Lake’s clear water, protecting the shore zone, eliminating development on sensitive lands and placing it in more appropriate concentrated town centers; eliminating the flow of small particles from reaching the Lake and creating a sustainable environmental with an economic future. We can conquer these challenges by working together that produce the environmental gains on the ground instead of spending our time and resources in constant litigation battles. That is my vision for Lake Tahoe.
Nevada Secretary of State
101 No. Carson Street, Suite #3
Carson City, NV 89701-4786
Board Committees: Operations & Governance, Forest Health & Wildfire
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.
California Assembly Speaker Appointee
8415 East Yarrow Street
Rosemead, CA 91770
Board Committees: Forest Health & Wildfire, Environmental Improvement, Transportation, & Public Outreach, Local Government & Housing (Ex Officio)
City of South Lake Tahoe Council Member
1901 Lisa Maloff Way
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: (530) 318-9057
Board Committees: Local Government & Housing, Forest Health & Wildfire, Regional Plan Implementation
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.
Alexis Hill (she/her/hers)
Washoe County Commissioner, District 1
695 Brown Street
Reno, NV 89509
Phone: (775) 447-3017
Board Committees: Operations & Governance, Local Government & Housing. Environmental Improvement, Transportation & Public Outreach
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.
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
Board Committees: Environmental Improvement, Transportation, & Public Outreach, Regional Plan Implementation, Forest Health & Wildfire, Local Government & Housing (Ex Officio)
El Dorado County Supervisor
924-B Emerald Bay Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: (530) 573-7918 or (530) 621-6577
Board Committees: Legal, Local Government & Housing, Forest Health & Wildfire, Environmental Improvement, Transportation, & Public Outreach
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.
- 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
Nevada At-Large Member
P.O. Box 4661
Stateline, NV 89449
Phone: (608) 516-6028
Board Committees: Legal, Forest Health & Wildfire, Environmental Improvement, Transportation & Public Outreach
California Senate Rules Committee Appointee
3308 El Camino Avenue, Suite 300-223
Sacramento, CA 95821
Phone: (916) 804-0924
Board Committees: Environmental Improvement, Transportation & Public Outreach, Regional Plan Implementation, Legal
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.
Governor of California Appointee