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Proven Experience

SCA Principal, Steve Teshara, has more than 30 years of experience working with and influencing regional agencies, local governments, and state and federal agencies engaged in the greater Lake Tahoe-Truckee region.

Working with the Tahoe Transportation Coalition, later the Lake Tahoe Transportation and Water Quality Coalition, Steve was a key player in creating and supporting Lake Tahoe’s first-ever “Joint Federal Legislative Agenda” in the early and mid 1990s. He was a member of the Steering Committee for the historic Lake Tahoe Presidential Forum in 1997. Steve led the Coalition’s efforts to secure support from the governors of California and Nevada and Tahoe’s local governments for establishing the Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization (TMPO) in 1999. Later, Steve and Coalition partners were active in shaping and supporting the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act (Public Law 106-506), passed in 2000, and subsequent amendments to the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) that directed $300 million in EIP project investments to Lake Tahoe. When the original Lake Tahoe Restoration Act (LTRA) expired, Steve worked with the Lake Tahoe Partnership, successor to the Coalition, to help draft and secure passage of a new Lake Tahoe Restoration Act (2016), passed by Congress and signed by the President as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (Public Law 114-332). Steve has also remained active in shaping and supporting legislation at the state level in California and Nevada, affecting positive outcomes for transportation and forest health policies and EIP investments.

Steve is widely recognized for his work at the grass roots level throughout the region. In 2012, he helped establish the Lake Tahoe Sustainability Collaborative (LTSC), a citizen-based effort to accelerate the shift toward a healthier Tahoe-Truckee community, environment, and economy. He serves as one of the three co-chairs of the LTSC Community Mobility Working Group, engaged in a variety of community mobility planning and project initiatives and advocacy efforts. Steve was a founding board member for both the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association (TNT/TMA) and the South Shore Transportation Management Association (SS/TMA) and today remains active with both.

Since the spring of 2010, working as Sustainable Community Advocates, Steve has maintained his commitment to communities throughout the Tahoe-Truckee region and to the region as a whole. SCA understands that private sector investment and active citizen stewardship, in partnership with governments, public agencies, and forward-thinking policies, are essential to ensuring true sustainability in the region.