2014
Brittany Todd
Communications Specialist

Brittany Todd

Communications Specialist


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Phone: 530.582.4800

Brittany comes to SBC a Sierra newby after moving from her home city of Seattle. There she earned a BA from Seattle University in Environmental Studies, specializing in Environmental Education and Communication and minored in Psychology. Growing up a child of the Pacific Northwest, Brittany has loved being in the natural world since a young age and was drawn to the Sierra Nevada lifestyle after visiting friends in 2011. A year later, she has moved herself and her dog to Truckee. Prior to relocating, Brittany worked with Seattle Tilth, a non-profit organization dedicated to urban and sustainable agriculture. There she worked both as a teacher in their children's garden and as a mentor to teens participating in a work study program on an urban Seattle farm. At Sierra Business Council, she is thrilled to be working on the Sierra Nevada Geotourism project as well as within the Communications department.

Personal Highlights:

Brittany is truly appreciating the Tahoe lifestyle. She enjoys spending her free time out of doors, whether the activity be snowboarding, kayaking, playing soccer, backpacking, walking her dog, or just being. Her enthusiasm for environmental education was established by a study-abroad trip to Patagonia where she spent 8 weeks backpacking and gaining field experience. She looks forward to more travels and experiential learning in her future. 

April 18, 2014

Dreaming Big and Doing It

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the spring Yosemite Gateway Partners meeting to present on the Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project.

The purpose of my presentation was to call on local residents to nominate destinations they find distinctive to the Sierra so that small businesses, events, and communities can reap the benefits of being a Geotourism destination in time for summer travel.

It’s honestly a pretty big task, but after hearing Visit California’s Director of Consumer Marketing, Tracy Ward, present on California’s new “Dream Big” branding, I gained a renewed resolve that it is a task worth tackling.

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Brenda Gillarde
Senior Planner

Brenda Gillarde

Senior Planner

In addition to her commitment to make a difference in the Sierra, Brenda brings over 30 years of city and county planning experience to the SBC Team. Combining her life sciences educational background and her professional experience in working with government clients, Brenda is part of the SBC energy group and will assist local Sierra Nevada communities in energy efficiency planning.

Prior to joining the SBC Team, Brenda worked for a Sierra Foothill government agency and was also owner of her own consulting firm with public and private sector clients throughout the greater Bay Area. Brenda is known for her skills in policy formulation, project coordination, problem-solving and collaboration.

Personal Highlights:
Brenda is a 5th generation Californian with ancestral ties to the Donner Party. She loves the outdoors and can be found bicycling, hiking, riding horses or birding. When not romping outside she indulges in gourmet cooking and knitting socks!

April 16, 2014

Escaping to the Dragoon Gulch Trail

There are lots of reasons why we’re lucky in the Sierra. One of my favorites is that, unlike our urban brethren, we don’t need to drive an hour or two in order to get to the trailhead of a spectacular hike.

If you live in or near the City of Sonora, a wonderful opportunity awaits your discovery - the Dragoon Gulch Trail. What’s even more exciting is the trail is about to expand!

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Nicholas Martin
Program Director

Nicholas Martin

Program Director


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Nicholas comes to the Sierra Business Council with experience in the construction and solar installation industries, as well as an enthusiasm for progressing the use of renewable and sustainable energy. Born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, he holds sustainability in the Sierra regions close to his heart. He brings extensive technical experience and has a solid background in project management. He currently works on SBC's energy programs.

Personal Highlights:

Nick enjoys spending his free time skiing, biking, and hiking in the mountains of the Tahoe area.

April 08, 2014

It Can Be Done: Making the Case for Zero Waste

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a “Zero Waste Management” training in Chico, CA put on by the US Zero Waste Business Council.

My attendance was an initial effort for SBC in making our 20th Anniversary Conference in October as close to Zero Waste as possible. And as I learned from the training, this will be no small feat.

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Kerri Timmer
Government Affairs Director

Kerri Timmer

Government Affairs Director

As Government Affairs Director, Kerri works in partnership with local, regional, state and federal agencies and officials to advance sustainable communities strategies, climate action planning, energy efficiency programs and other SBC activities.

Kerri is a communications and management specialist with more than 25 years of public- and private- sector experience in community and government relations, business communications, land and water conservation, and nonprofit management and capacity building.  Prior to joining SBC, Kerri spent six years with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where she served most recently as that agency’s Regional Policy and Program Manager.  Before that, she was Executive Director of a non-profit conservation group, operated her own consulting practice where she cultivated relationships with watershed organizations, land trusts and other community groups within and outside the Sierra, and served as account executive and creative director for a community and government relations firm in San Francisco.  Kerri holds a B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and a certificate in Land Use and Natural Resources planning through UC Davis Extension.  Kerri has also authored a number of publications addressing land and water conservation and community sustainability issues in the Sierra Nevada. 

Personal Highlights

Kerri and her husband John live in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, where they enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping and hosting backyard barbeques for friends and family.

April 04, 2014

No April-Fools Joke - California's Water Reality 


Despite record rainfall in Sacramento on Tuesday and seemingly lots of rain during the month of March, there was no “March miracle.”

Rainfall totals, reservoir levels and overall snowpack remain critically low as we head into the spring melt. 

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Kerri Timmer
Government Affairs Director

Kerri Timmer

Government Affairs Director

As Government Affairs Director, Kerri works in partnership with local, regional, state and federal agencies and officials to advance sustainable communities strategies, climate action planning, energy efficiency programs and other SBC activities.

Kerri is a communications and management specialist with more than 25 years of public- and private- sector experience in community and government relations, business communications, land and water conservation, and nonprofit management and capacity building.  Prior to joining SBC, Kerri spent six years with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where she served most recently as that agency’s Regional Policy and Program Manager.  Before that, she was Executive Director of a non-profit conservation group, operated her own consulting practice where she cultivated relationships with watershed organizations, land trusts and other community groups within and outside the Sierra, and served as account executive and creative director for a community and government relations firm in San Francisco.  Kerri holds a B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and a certificate in Land Use and Natural Resources planning through UC Davis Extension.  Kerri has also authored a number of publications addressing land and water conservation and community sustainability issues in the Sierra Nevada. 

Personal Highlights

Kerri and her husband John live in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, where they enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping and hosting backyard barbeques for friends and family.

April 04, 2014

23rd Annual California Water Policy Conference

"And it never failed that during the dry years, the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years.  It was always that way."  -- John Steinbeck, East of Eden

200+ academics, water districts, students, industry representatives, farmers and ranchers, community groups, conservation organizations and others are gathered at the Claremont McKenna campus today to discuss water policy issues in this time of significant statewide drought.

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