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Steve Teshara Bio

Steve Teshara
Steve Teshara has been active in policy, planning, public-private partnerships, legislative advocacy, and project implementation in the greater Lake Tahoe region for more than 30 years.

He has provided leadership, coordination, and advocacy for such groups as the Lake Tahoe Transportation and Water Quality Coalition, and, more recently, the Lake Tahoe Partnership. These efforts have focused on the vital work to secure federal, state, and local investments in transportation, community mobility, forest health, watershed restoration and other projects consistent with the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program (EIP). The EIP is a unique collaborative approach that engages the federal, state, local and private sectors to help achieve and maintain Lake Tahoe’s adopted environmental threshold standards and provides an important framework for community revitalization and sustainability.

Steve’s experience includes more than 25 years as the chief executive for community organizations, including 7 years as CEO of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and Executive Director of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce (January 2003 through April 2010). He served as Executive Director of the Lake Tahoe Gaming Alliance for 11 years (1991-2002), Executive Director of the Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority (1997-2002), and Executive Director of the Tahoe-Sierra Preservation Council (1986-1990). He was one of the original members of the Sierra Business Council (SBC) Board of Directors and received the Council’s first Vision 2020 Award in 1996.

Steve was a principal organizer of the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan Initiative (RPI), presented to the TRPA Governing Board in March 2010, and a member of the Steering Committee for the Lake Tahoe Basin Prosperity Plan, presented in 2011. Both the RPI and Prosperity Plan conveyed important community and private sector input that helped shape the TRPA Regional Plan Update, adopted by the Agency’s Governing Board in December 2012.

Among his current activities, Steve is providing input and helping to guide adoption and implementation of Linking Tahoe, the 2017 Lake Tahoe Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) update, as well as long- and short-range transit plans, and multi-modal transportation corridor plans for the region. He is also active in the development and implementation of local “Area Plans” in Douglas County, City of South Lake Tahoe, Placer County, and El Dorado County (Meyers) and in two workforce housing initiatives.

Board and Other Affiliations

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Tahoe Transportation District/Tahoe Transportation Commission
  • Chair, TRPA Advisory Planning Commission (APC), member representing the Tahoe Transportation District
  • Founding Board Member and Chair, South Shore Transportation Management Association (SS/TMA)
  • Founding Board Member and Chair (January 1991-April 2013), currently Management and Planning Consultant, Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association (TNT/TMA)
  • Co-Chair, Community Mobility Working Group, Lake Tahoe Sustainability Collaborative (LTSC)
  • Board Member and Second Vice President, Board of Directors, California Association of Councils of Government (CAL COG), representing the Tahoe Transportation District
  • Coordinator, Lake Tahoe Partnership (Tahoe EIP advocacy network)
  • Past Chair and Co-Chair, Lake Tahoe Federal Advisory Committee (LTFAC)
  • Co-Founder, North Lake Tahoe Truckee Leadership Program
  • Host/Producer, The Regional Report, Douglas County Community Access Television
  • Member, Round Hill General Improvement District Board of Trustees (2002-2014)
  • Interim CEO, Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce (July 11, 2016 – February 5, 2017)