Sisolak announces full transition advisory committee

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Governor-elect Steve Sisolak on election night. Photo: Michael Lyle
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Governor-elect Steve Sisolak on election night. Photo: Michael Lyle

Governor-elect Steve Sisolak announced his full, 28-member transition advisory committee Tuesday.

“I have pledged to be a governor for all of Nevada and I have worked to make sure my transition team captures the diversity this state holds,” Sisolak said in a statement. “Every member of this team brings a unique experience and view to the table and together, they will help me as I build an administration. By bringing people together from day one, we can deliver real solutions for Nevada families.”

The team includes former Nevada Assemblyman Nelson Araujo, Communities in Schools CEO Dr. Tiffany Tyler, Reno Sparks Indian Colony chairman Arlan Melendez, Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo.

Michelle White, the former Deputy State Director of Hillary for Nevada, was named as the executive director of Sisolak’s transition team.

Earlier this week, Sisolak announced U.S. Rep Dina Titus would chair his advisory committee alongside Barbara Buckley, a former Assemblywoman and current executive director of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, and Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, who would serve as co-chairs.

“Dina, Barbara, and Hillary are incredible public servants who have always put Nevada’s families first,” Sisolak said. “I am proud to count these leaders as friends and to have them at the head of the table leading this committee.”

Here is the complete list:

Nelson Araujo, Former Nevada State Assemblyman
John Bailey, Managing Partner, Bailey Kennedy Attorney at Law
David Bobzien, Councilman, City of Reno
Bobbette Bond, Policy Director, Culinary Health Fund
Deisy Castro, DREAMer; Special Education Teacher, Elaine Wynn Elementary
Daniel Corona, Mayor, City of West Wendover
Robert L. “Bob” Crowell, Mayor, City of Carson City
Gerald Gardner, Former Chief Deputy Attorney General & Former Chief of Staff for Governor Brian Sandoval
Peter Guzman, President, Latin Chamber of Commerce
Asha Jones, Director of Government Affairs, Community College of Southern Nevada; Community Advocate
Karlos LaSane, Regional Vice President, Government Relations & Community Affairs, Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Duncan Lee, President, RDL Investments Inc.; Member of Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce
Marlene Lockard, Former Chief of Staff, Governor Richard Bryan
Joseph Lombardo, Sheriff, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Kate Marshall, Lieutenant Governor-elect
Rusty McAllister, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Nevada State AFL-CIO
Arlan Melendez, Chairman, Reno Sparks Indian Colony
Denice Miller, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, MGM Resorts International
Thom Reilly, Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education
George Togliatti, Former Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Former Director, Nevada Department of Public Safety; Professor, UNLV
Stephanie Tyler, Nevada State President, AT&T
Dr. Tiffany Tyler, CEO, Communities in Schools of Nevada
Virginia Valentine, President & CEO, Nevada Resort Association
Mason Van Houweling, CEO, University Medical Center
Rita Vaswani, Vice President & Senior Relationship Manager, Nevada State Bank
Mario Walther, Director, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited
Jia Mei Wang, Branch Manager, CrossCountry Mortgage
Rich Williams, Business Representative, Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

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