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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Vice 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.
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.
Barbara is RHA’s Resident Board member living at one of our Public Housing sites for the past 16 years. She earned her college degree in Social Work and worked at the Northern Nevada Children’s Home supervising 10 children ages 5 to 18 years old. Barbara spent time working at the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Food and Nutrition Services offices as she and her husband moved around during his military career. You could say that working with children in need has been her life’s passion. Now in her retirement, Barbara continues to offer her time to those in need through her complex’s Resident Council as past president and past Tenant Representative and as a past member of the RHA’s Resident Advisory Board. Barbara’s deep commitment to the RHA stems from her desire to stay engaged and to be involved in decisions that affect her neighbors and her friends.
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.