Climate Team

State of Nevada Climate Initiative Leadership Team

  • Kristen Averyt, PhD, State Climate Policy Coordinator
  • David Bobzien, Director, Governor’s Office of Energy
  • Bradley Crowell, Director, Nevada Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (NDCNR)
  • Cathy Erskine, Senior Policy Advisor, NDCNR
  • Gregory Lovato, Administrator, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), NDCNR
  • Kristina Swallow, Director, Nevada Department of Transportation
  • Samantha Thompson, Director, Communications, NDCNR
  • Laura Wickham, Energy Program Manager, Governor’s Office of Energy

Working Groups

Climate Change in Nevada

  • Stephanie McAfee, PhD, Nevada State Climatologist, Associate Professor, University of Nevada Reno (Lead)
  • Michael Dettinger, PhD, California-Nevada Climate Applications Program, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
  • Daniel McEvoy, PhD, Western Regional Climate Center & California-Nevada Climate Applications Program, Desert Research Institute
  • Julie Kalansky, PhD, California-Nevada Climate Applications Program, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
  • Daniel Cayan, PhD, California-Nevada Climate Applications Program, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
  • Matthew Lachniet, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Geoscience, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Susanne Moser, PhD, California-Nevada Climate Applications Program
  • Kristin VanderMolen, PhD, Western Regional Climate Center & California-Nevada Climate Applications Program, Desert Research Institute
  • Tamara Wall, PhD, Western Regional Climate Center & California-Nevada Climate Applications Program, Desert Research Institute

Climate Survey

  • Emma Frances Bloomfield, PhD, Co-Director, Public Communication Initiative and Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Lead)
  • Michael Easter, Co-Director, Public Communication Initiative and Visiting Lecturer, Journalism and Media Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Laekyn Kelley, Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant, Public Communication Initiative, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Hannah K. Patenaude, Graduate Research Assistant, Public Communication Initiative and PhD student, Radiochemistry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Michael Andrew Carmona, Graduate Research Assistant, Public Communication Initiative and MA student, Journalism and Media Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Development, Green Buildings, and Appliance Efficiency

  • Robin Yochum, Energy Program Manager, Governor’s Office of Energy (Lead)
  • Kristen Brown, Architectural Historian, Nevada State Historic Preservation Office
  • Elizabeth Fadali, Economist III, Nevada Housing Division
  • Craig Chinery, Energy Efficiency Manager, Department of Corrections
  • Matthew Tuma, Administrator, Administrative Services Division

Energy and Power

  • Kristen Averyt, PhD, State Climate Policy Coordinator (Lead)
  • Adam Danise, Policy Advisor, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
  • Robin Yochum, Energy Program Manager, Governor’s Office of Energy
  • Laura Wickham, Energy Program Manager, Governor’s Office of Energy

Transportation

  • Sondra Rosenberg, Assistant Director, Planning, Nevada Department of Transportation (Lead)
  • Mark Costa, Multimodal Program Development Chief, Nevada Department of Transportation
  • Kandee Bahr Worley, Division Chief, NV2X (Office of Innovation), Nevada Department of Transportation
  • Mark Brady, Energy Program Manager, Governor’s Office of Energy
  • Ivie Hatt, Emissions Section Services Manager, Compliance Enforcement Division, Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Chruszhet Ledesma, Transportation Planner/Analyst, Nevada Department of Transportation

Land Use and Natural & Working Lands

  • Zachary Ormsby, Program Manager, Nevada Conservation Districts Program, NDCNR (Lead)
  • Kristin Szabo, Administrator, Nevada Division of Natural Heritage, NDCNR
  • Meghan Brown, Deputy Administrator, Plant Industry Division, Nevada Department of Agriculture
  • Ryan Shane, Resource Program Manager, Nevada Division of Forestry, NDCNR
  • Mike Vollmer, Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator, Nevada Division of Forestry, NDCNR
  • Scott Carey, AICP, State Lands Planner, Nevada Division of State Lands, NDCNR

LEAD BY EXAMPLE

  • Cliff Lawson, Deputy Director, Project Delivery, Nevada Department of Transportation (Lead)
  • Kandee Bahr Worley, Division Chief, NV2X (Office of Innovation), Nevada Department of Transportation
  • My-Linh Nguyen, Division Chief, Environmental Services, Nevada Department of Transportation

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • Gregory Lovato, Administrator, NDEP, NDCNR
  • Jennifer Taylor, Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Energy
  • Jeff Kinder, Deputy Administrator, NDEP, NDCNR
  • Sigurd Jaunarajs, Supervisor, NDEP Planning and Mobile Sources Programs, NDCNR
  • Danilo Dragoni, Chief, NDEP Bureau of Air Quality Planning, NDCNR
  • Joe Perreira, Staff Engineer, NDEP Bureau of Air Quality Planning, NDCNR

Economic Recovery and Revitalization

  • Colin Robertson, Administrator, Nevada Division of Outdoor Recreation (Lead)
  • Bob Potts, Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Legal Barriers to Decarbonization

  • Frank A. Fritz, III, J.D., Senior Fellow & Adjunct Professor, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
  • Dan P. Nubel, J.D., Deputy Attorney General
  • Madyson Hinkel, Research Assistant (Class of 2022), UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
  • Elizabeth Scheinman, Research Assistant (Class of 2020), UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
  • Bret Birdsong, J.D., Professor, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
  • Nina Garcia, (Class of 2022), UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law

Acknowledgements

The 2020 State Climate Strategy was a collaborative effort across multiple State agencies and partners. The State of Nevada Climate Initiative would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to all who contributed to this effort:

  • The U.S. Climate Alliance Secretariat for technical assistance and research support.
  • The California-Nevada Climate Applications Program, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program, and University of Nevada Extension for support of the climate change in Nevada team.
  • The William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas for support of the legal research team.
  • The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs at the University of Nevada Las Vegas for support of the Public Communication Initiative’s work on the climate survey.
  • P. Bronski of the Inflection Point Agency and M. Fox of The Bridge Studio for copyedit and design assistance, as well as Foundry Marketing Agency for website design.
  • All the Nevadans who participated in Listening Sessions, provided comment, and shared their stories and perspectives about climate change in Nevada.