The Board of Commissioners are responsible for setting policy and supervising the Executive Director. They are appointed by the Mayor of Reno and confirmed by the City Council to serve four-year terms. One of the five must be a tenant in an RHA program.
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Chairperson Mark Sullivan is passionate about helping those in need which is shown in his dedication and enthusiasm for the Reno Housing Authority. Mark’s background stems from the construction industry, moving quickly into local government affairs that included legislation for the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and lobbying for contractors.
In his commitment to help others, Mark was instrumental as one of the four founders of Reno’s ACE High School. The charter high school specializes in career and technical education through practical hands on applications. The school, through its students, builds a house a year and with proceeds going toward funding of additional building trade projects.
Mark is a true believer in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs that states our most basic needs are food, clothing, and shelter. His goal, as a RHA Board member, is to identify the housing gaps in our community and focus on filling those through the efforts of RHA. Mark is grateful for the hard work the RHA staff does and their dedication to helping others.
Dave is a stalwart public servant with a deep love for northern Nevada and its residents. He has a lifetime of public service under his belt, having served in numerous leadership capacities throughout northern Nevada. A Sparks native, he began his public service in 1990 by taking over the Sky Tavern Junior Ski Program from the City of Reno, and transitioning it to a nonprofit organization. He also served on the board of Artown, a large culture festival hosted in Reno, for a dozen years. He was also a founding member of the Truckee Meadows Water Authority in 2002 when it was purchased from Sierra Pacific Power Company.
Dave has additionally carried out duties as a longtime Reno City Councilman, from 1996 until 2012. There he was deeply involved in garnering services for homeless people, bringing art projects to the city, and open space and park improvements to his ward. At the same time Dave served on the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Governing Board and Regional Transportation Commission for a number of years.
Among the things accomplished during his time on the Reno City Council are the ReTrac Project, Aces Stadium, the Events Center, City Hall, 4th Street Transit Station, soccer fields at Moana, the Whitewater Park, movie theaters downtown, the Ballroom and the implementation of Neighborhood Advisory Boards.
In 2012, Oscar was first elected to represent Ward 3, a community that includes the Wells Avenue
area, most of Mira Loma, the neighborhoods east of the University of Nevada, and portions of Damonte Ranch. In 2016, the residents of Ward 3 re-elected Oscar to another four-year term.
A Nevada native, Oscar earned a B.A. at Cal State Fullerton and dual Masters Degrees in Urban Planning and Social Work at the University of Michigan. With his educational background and his professional experience as the CEO of the largest Federally Qualified Community Health Center
in Northern Nevada, Oscar brings a unique perspective to the issues affecting Reno. He has spent much of the last eight years fighting blight, engaging under-represented groups in the political process, and advocating for our neighborhoods.
A northern Nevada native, Jazzmeen has a passion for helping people. She’s worked in the medical field as a medical assistant for more than a decade. She earned an associate degree in health science and is a full-time instructor at Charter Career Academy. But there’s much more to her than that.
This commissioner also used the RHA’s Workforce Development Program to earn her esthetician license and become an entrepreneur. She owns her own beauty studio in Midtown. She also has three kids and six houseplants.
Why is that part important? Jazzmeen appreciates bringing out the good and the beautiful in every situation. That’s why her careers helping people, her home life and her commitment to the RHA Board of Commissioners is so important to her.
“I look forward to sharing my unique perspective with other members of the board,” she said, “and doing what I can to help our entire community.” Jazzmeen says anyone can make a difference in their community when they’re active.
Hillary brings to the Council her entrepreneurial experience as an employer and local business owner, as well as her out-of-the-box thinking which helped her businesses prosper during the economic downturn. Hillary is the owner and operator of three businesses in the City of Reno. She wants to use her business knowledge to help eliminate bureaucratic red tape and spur job creation.