Truckee Organizations

Town of Truckee Planning Commission, Commissioner and Chair (2018 – 2019)

Town of Truckee General Plan Advisory Committee, Energy/Sustainability/Water Representative (2019 – Present)

General Plan Subcommittee on Community Character (2019 – Present)

General Plan Subcommittee on Climate Action (2019 – Present)

Town of Truckee Revenue Measure for Housing Advisory Committee (2019 – Present)

Sierra Community House (formerly Truckee Family Resource Center), Pro Bono Lawyer (2013 – Present)

Truckee River Watershed Council, Volunteer (2012 – Present)

Truckee River Watershed Basin Group, Regular Participant (2018 – Present)

Truckee Rotary, Member (2020 – Present)


2000 – 2017 Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice
Litigation Counsel for California Water Resources Control Board, Air Resources Board, Department of Water Resources, Department of Conservation, and Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Civil Enforcement of False Claims Act

1986 – 2000 Attorney and Law Partner, Burger & Plavan, Sacramento
Mid-Sized Law Firm Representing Home Builders, Real Estate Developers, and Other Businesses in Complex Business Litigation

1984 – 1986 Hearing Officer and Legal Advisor, Nevada Public Service Commission
Regulating Energy and Other Utilities

1973 – 1981 Senior Museum Scientist, University of California Deep Canyon Desert Research Center
Researching Taxonomy, Community Ecology, and Physiology of Native Plants

1969 – 1970 Peace Corps Volunteer, Colombia

1968 – 1973 Landscape Laborer, Farmworker

1964 – 1967 Seasonal Fire-Fighter, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Butte County


1984 Juris Doctor, McGeorge School of Law

1980 Master of Arts, University of California, Riverside

1969 Bachelor of Arts, Pomona College