Chris Mertens

Government Affairs Director

Chris has more than 10 years experience in the government affairs, legislative advocacy, and campaign arenas from his work as Legislative Consultant and registered lobbyist for a Sacramento lobbying firm specializing in environmental policy and his recent position as Associate Environmental Planner with the California Tahoe Conservancy.  His experience revolves particularly around the issues of climate change, natural resource conservation, clean energy, alternative transportation, and sustainable communities. Chris received his B.A. in Political Science, with a History minor, from UC Davis.  


Personal Highlights

Chris' connection with the Sierra Nevada began at a young age exploring Lake Tahoe, the Tuolumne River watershed, and Yosemite with his family. These days, his preferred method of travel in the mountains is on his mountain bike or split board. He is thrilled to be in a position where he can share his passion for the region with policymakers who can protect this special place for future generations to enjoy. 

He connects with the Tahoe-Truckee community as a youth mentor with SOS Outreach and as a board member for the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition.