TMRPA Staff Directory

Kimberly H. Robinson, Executive Director

Kim has been with TMRPA since late 2011, when she was appointed the Director of the agency. Under her leadership, TMRPA has won a Community Partner award from the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN), a “Planning for Economic and Fiscal Health” technical assistance award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and was identified in the 2013 IBM Smarter Cities Reno report as the lead agency to develop a regional data warehouse.

Kim has over 20 years of professional planning experience. Before becoming Executive Director at TMRPA, Kim was the Community Planning Services Manager for the Washoe County Community Development Department, where she managed the team responsible for discretionary land use and building permits in the Washoe County unincorporated area.

Prior to joining Washoe County, Kim was a manager at the City of Detroit. She was responsible for a variety of initiatives including the completion of the HUD 2005-2010 Consolidated Plan, the creation of the Property Information System and the development of the Next Detroit Neighborhood Initiative indicators, a neighborhood based approach to geographically targeting resources.

Her additional professional experience includes time working for the Jefferson-Chalmers Citizens District Council, the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, and the Studies in Urban Security Group housed at the University of Michigan.

Kim holds a Master in Urban Planning (MUP) degree from the University of Michigan, as well as graduating cum laude from the Honors Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration.

Lauren Knox, Regional Planner
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Lauren joined the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency in 2014. Since graduating cum laude from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in City and Regional Planning, Lauren has been building her knowledge of planning and development in the Northern Nevada area. Before joining TMRPA, Lauren worked in the Building Division at the City of Reno and was an intern with TMRPA, the City of Reno and Washoe County. As a Regional Planner, she uses this knowledge to research, analyze and evaluate development projects and growth trends within the Region.

Damien Kerwin, GIS/Planning Analyst
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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 surveyer 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.

Jeremy M. Smith, Ph.D., GIS Coordinator
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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.

Over the past 18 years, Jeremy has used GIS in both an academic and a professional setting. During his stint in Colorado, Jeremy was awarded for teaching efforts that spanned the department’s 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. He is currently serving as a GIS instructor for the Department of Geography at UNR.

Before attending CU, Jeremy worked for international engineering firm Michael Baker. During his tenure with Baker, Jeremy led a special projects team, provided programming support for the digital conversion of FEMA flood maps and was the operations manager for a GIS services contract with AT&T where over 25 GIS professionals maintained a geospatial database of cadastral, cartographic and regulatory features for 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.

Chris Tolley, Regional Planner
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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.