TMRPA Staff Directory

Jeremy M. Smith, Ph.D., Director of Regional Planning
775.321.8390 |
Jeremy has been with TMRPA since 2011.  He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado (CU) and received his Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Geography from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).  His research interests are wide ranging and include biogeography, GIScience, forest ecology, climate change and urban/regional planning.

Prior to joining TMRPA, Jeremy worked in both academic and professional settings. During his stint in Colorado, he was awarded for teaching efforts that spanned the department’s geographic information systems (GIS) curriculum. He also contributed GIS analysis and support for several studies funded by sources such as the United States Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Before attending CU, Jeremy worked as project manager and as the operations manager for an office of over 25 GIS professionals creating geospatial data to support telecom engineering across California and Nevada.

Jeremy is a member of the volunteer board of directors for Truckee Meadows Tomorrow, a local non-profit organization charged with compiling, monitoring and distributing quality of life indicator data about the Truckee Meadows.

Damien Kerwin, GIS/Planning Analyst
775.321.8391 |
Damien joined the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency in 2014 as a GIS/Planning Analyst. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2014, and has previous GIS experience as an intern with TMRPA and Otis Bay Ecological Consultants and as a geophysical land surveyor for Magee Geophysical Services. Damien is familiar with many tools and techniques for working with and displaying data including ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS online and ArcGIS Pro. His role at TMRPA focuses on the creation and management of data in a GIS as well as spatial analysis and map making.

Nathaniel Kusha, Policy Analyst
775.321.8397 |
Nathaniel joined the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency in 2016. Since graduating from the University of Utah, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences and Planning, Nathaniel has been building his knowledge of planning and development in the Northern Nevada area. As a Policy Analyst, he uses this knowledge to research, analyze and evaluate development projects and growth trends within the Region.

Chohnny Sousa, Regional Planner
775.321.8393 |
Chohnny joined the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency in late 2017. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media, and then earned her Masters of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the New School University in New York, New York. Before joining TMRPA, Chohnny interned with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, working in parks planning, operations, events and the Bronx archival collection. For her final capstone project, she then went on to serve as a Research Consultant to GreenThumb, a branch of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, to develop outreach strategies to increase engagement throughout community gardens in New York. At TMRPA, in addition to administration and policy analysis work, Chohnny specializes in digital media, engagement, and development of outreach strategies for policy and planning.

Chris Tolley, Regional Planner
775.321.8392 |
Chris joined the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency as a Regional Planner in mid-2016. This is his second role as a professional planner (first with the County of Butte, California) and also marks his return to planning following the Great Recession. At the County of Butte, he successfully worked in a current planning role, focusing on the review of development applications and building permits, and providing customer assistance. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies (Planning) from Sonoma State University, which included internships with the City of San Rafael (long-range planning) and the City of Larkspur (current planning). Aside from planning, he has worked in food services, ecommerce fulfillment, retail and manufacturing. He has invested many hours volunteering as a big brother and providing manual labor at Rancho Santa Marta (San Vicente, Baja California, Mexico). Finally, he moved to Sparks in 2009 from Chico, CA.