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Truckee Meadows Tomorrow Announces New Executive Board

- Truckee Meadows Tomorrow, Northern Nevada's source for objective Quality of Life data, welcomes Edward Estipona and Kristine Caliger to the Executive Board of Directors -

 

RENO, Nev. (January 30, 2024) –– Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT), a nonprofit working to collect and present quality of life data to better inform individuals and organizations making decisions that impact northern Nevada residents, has announced its new executive board. Edward Estipona, founder and CEO/President of Estipona Group, a full-service marketing and communications agency, has been elected to serve as TMT’s president. Kristine Caliger, assistant director of outreach and operations at the Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities, will serve as the newly elected vice president. Susan Kaiser will serve as the organization’s secretary and Michele Montoya will serve as the organization’s treasurer. Annie Zucker, youth mental health collective impact advisor for the Children’s Cabinet, serves as the nonprofit’s immediate past president.


Estipona has been at the helm of Estipona Group for more than 30 years now, leading the organization in its efforts to provide clients with full-service marketing and communications solutions. The firm represents a wide range of clientele, including Northern Nevada HOPES, Nevadaworks, the Nevada Cancer Coalition and Nevada Health Centers. Estipona’s experience is focused in brand strategy, advertising, digital communications, and public and media relations. He has served on the Governor’s Workforce Development Board since 2021 and serves on both the Community Foundation of Western Nevada board and the Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) Institutional Advisory Council.


Caliger has a robust history of working in digital media and news, marketing, journalism, and public policy. She also has cultivated knowledge in public administration, lending skills across sectors in fundraising, fiscal and operations management. Caliger has served on such boards as the Education Alliance of Washoe County, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority’s Standing Advisory Committee, the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority’s Community Outreach Committee and the Washoe County School District’s 2023 Core Strategic Planning Team. 


Kaiser was elected to the TMT board in 2020 and worked in Washoe County as a professional educator for more than 24 years. She currently serves as the president of the Washoe Retired Education Association (WREA), an association working to advocate for students, teachers and faculty in the District, as well as at state and national levels.


Montoya currently serves as the director of development and programs at the Nevada Women’s Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the community by empowering women to improve their lives and those of their families. She has ample experience in nonprofit development, education scholarship programming and community grant funding. 


“TMT is experiencing tremendous growth and it’s the momentum we need to take this organization into its next chapter. We’re excited about the enthusiasm our board brings to our work and know they will provide meaningful direction for TMT’s future.” —Kylie Rowe, TMT Executive Director

Truckee Meadows Tomorrow is a nonprofit organization that was started in 1989 by the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) as it sought to provide quality of life metrics for organizations considering relocating to northern Nevada. Today, the organization continues this momentum by collecting and aggregating accessible data in key areas for the public. The organization identifies and consolidates objective data that depicts the region’s metrics around mental and physical health, housing and poverty, education, environmental concerns, and other quality of life indicators. These data paint a picture of how the community reacts to various factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, economic fluctuations and more. The organization seeks to be the go-to source for those seeking unbiased information that can help drive data-informed decisions impacting the Truckee Meadows. The nonprofit publishes a biennial Community Progress Report and provides data-based speaking presentations to help educate local and regional leaders.


“I’m thrilled to serve as the board president for Truckee Meadows Tomorrow. There is such tremendous possibility within the TMT mission, and I’m looking forward to helping build upon its already impressive accomplishments. This nonprofit can be the epicenter of objective baselines that will impact life in the Truckee Meadows, and we treat this responsibility to invite more data and more individuals to the table with great respect. We’re looking forward to expanding the utility of these metrics while inviting more decision-makers to endear themselves to these powerful insights.” —Edward Estipona, TMT Board President

Estipona, Caliger, Kaiser and Montoya join the rest of the TMT board, including past president Annie Zucker, Kerry Eaton, Esq. CPA, partner at Drinkwater Eaton Law Offices, Tracey Oliver, executive director of Sierra Arts Foundation, Nick Tscheekar, major gifts officer at Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada, former Nevada state senator and director of programs and projects at Northern Nevada Public Health Julia Ratti, Ray Gonzalez, investment officer and managing director at Wells Fargo Advisors, JT Stark, data visualization and analytics coordinator at Washoe County School District, Danielle Randol, business development manager at EDAWN, and Nate Kusha, policy analyst at Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Authority.


To access the Truckee Meadows Tomorrow 2022 Community Progress Report click here. Those organizations interested in providing objective data can connect with Kylie Rowe at kylie@truckeemeadowstomorrow.org


For media inquiries, contact Rachel Gattuso, APR at rachel@gattusocoalition.com or (775) 336-9453.

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About Truckee Meadows Tomorrow:

Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving Northern Nevada as the hub for regional Quality of Life data. Originally crafted in 1989 by an Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) committee, TMT started as an “organization of organizations” in response to local research showing Quality of Life as the leading reason businesses relocated to the Truckee Meadows. In the three decades since, TMT has collaborated with business owners, educators, policy-makers, community leaders, and residents in and around Washoe County to define measurable and actionable Quality of Life data indicators, using them to monitor the region’s collective progress. TMT has remained a vital community resource for over 30 years by curating and providing accurate, timely, and objective information needed to prioritize, address, and advocate for local quality-of-life issues.

 



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