2016
Diana Madson
Diana Madson
Program Director
October 19, 2016

Is California Recognizing Disadvantaged Communities in the Sierra?

Today Sierra CAMP published a policy memo exploring the state’s methods for defining and recognizing disadvantaged communities (DAC) in California and how that affects climate change funding. For those of you familiar with Sierra CAMP, our past analyses, and our comment letters, it will be no surprise to you that the low-income areas of the Sierra are all too often overlooked, especially when the most prominent DAC measurement tool, CalEnviroScreen, is used.

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Jessica Carr
Jessica Carr
Program Manager
October 06, 2016

Supporting our Local Creatives - Myself Excluded

I have always struggled to access my creative side. As a child I consistently preferred PE to arts class, and now as an adult you are far more likely to find me running the trails than at home crafting or perfecting my cross stitch.

Luckily, for someone who greatly appreciates art and handmade goods, but who cannot create a single artistic thing, I could not have landed amongst a more talented bunch of neighbors than I have here in Truckee/Tahoe.

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Kriselda Bautista
Kriselda Bautista
Planning Technician
September 26, 2016

How Many Hats Does One Wear to Make a Difference?

Don’t let my tongue twister of a title fool you--this isn’t about cats in hats, or fashion even, (though you can expect a blog on one of the two in the future, I’ll let you guess which one).

I’m talking about the hard hats of responsibility, the roles we take on when we find issues that we’re passionate about, and how a resource-stressed community can produce innovative results through shared responsibility.

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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.

September 14, 2016

Change Happens Because of You: A Day in The White House Press Corps

I recently crossed off a bucket-list item I didn’t even know I had. I got to play “journalist-for-a-day,” with real media credentials and everything! Not just for *any* event, either -- but for the 20th annual Tahoe Summit, with the President of the United States as keynote speaker!

I showed up bright and early and was escorted past the long line of ticket-holders awaiting entry. Someone checked my name off a list and passed me over to Secret Service to get swiped and have my bag sniffed by a bomb/drug-detecting Malinois. Then I was handed my media credentials, announcing me as a member of the “White House Press Corps.”

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Pamela Stayden
Project Manager

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.

September 02, 2016

Trip Recommendations from a Local: Mammoth Lakes

As someone who lived there for many years, I can say with certainty that summer is an incredible time of year to be in Mammoth Lakes, with perfect summer weather and so many activities to choose from. 

My husband, Andy, and I were thrilled to be able to spend Fourth of July weekend there after having moved to Reno this past year. 

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