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Tom Skancke has worked for nearly three decades at the intersection of public policy, communications,

and government affairs within the realms of transportation, education, and economic development. On
a national and global scale, he has spent his career specializing in fundamental problem identification
and integrated analyses of complex systems and organizational culture changes. His approach centers
around changing perceptions and identifying overlooked opportunities for systemic change. He has
developed strategic solutions and led organizations to explore systemic connection points, thereby
unlocking new growth opportunities.

Since 2013, Skancke has served on the Nevada Department of Transportation Board of Directors
as an appointee of Gov. Brian Sandoval
In late 2012 Skancke was recruited to lead the new economic development organization in
southern Nevada as the CEO. Under his leadership, the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance was
created and has become one of the most respected business organization in Nevada. He and his
team transformed the way economic and community development intersect.
Skancke was instrumental in creating a vision framework for the Interstate 11 effort, which
recently gained a Congressional designation and is currently under construction between
Phoenix and Las Vegas.
He was the visionary behind the creation of the Western High Speed Rail Alliance in 2009
He was one of the visionaries behind the creation of the I-15 Mobility Alliance,
He was part of a team that created the Transportation Performance Index for the US Chamber
of Commerce in 2011 which changed the way the US measure transportation investments
performance.
In 2005, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appointed Skancke to the National
Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study commission, which made landmark
recommendations to Congress on the policy, funding and infrastructure that will serve the
nation for the next 50 years.
Skancke has been involved with telecommunications industry deregulation, regional flood
control initiatives, and K-12 education policy changes in Nevada.
Skancke also serves on the boards of the Urban Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas, the Urban
League of Southern Nevada and the I-11 Alliance.
For 23 years Skancke worked with gaming and tourism industry and the Las Vegas Convention
and Visitors Authority on billions of dollars in infrastructure investments in growing tourism
connectivity in the greater U.S. West. He has also worked with numerous private sector
businesses in various sectors from the late 1980s to present.
In 1989 Skancke was the development director where he helped raise over $3 million to fund
and open the Lied Discovery Childrens Museum.
In 2009, Skancke worked diligently on passing the Matthew Shepard/James Byrd, Jr Hate Crimes
Act and in 2010 the Repeal of Dont Ask Dont Tell. Two major pieces of civil rights legislation
that have positively changed the lives for millions of Americans.

Michael Vannozzi
A seasoned public policy and communications professional, he holds degrees and certificates from the
University of Nevada Las Vegas and the Leadership Institute of Nevada, and the Jameson Fellowship.
Vannozzi has experience working on strategy and public policy on the local, regional, and national level.
For more than five years, he was an aide to United States Senator Harry Reid, serving in public policy

roles both in Washington D.C. and Las Vegas. With Senator Reid, Vannozzi worked on a variety of
different issues including K-12 education, higher education, economic development, immigration,
business finance, and community development. In 2013, Vannozzi joined the Las Vegas Global Economic
Alliance, and he played a key role in setting the vision for the organization and the region. In 2015,
Vannozzi joined the TSC2 Group. Vannozzis accomplishments include:
- Being one of the principal architects of the the 2013 Comprehensive Economic Development
Strategy for the Las Vegas region. The strategy was accepted and ratified by the U.S. Economic
Development Administration, and is the official guiding document for economic development
strategies in the Las Vegas region today.
- Being one of the principal architects of the 2014 Las Vegas Regional Medical Tourism Strategy,
with UNLV, Las Vegas HEALS and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, a document
that guides LVCVAs efforts in the medical tourism sector today.
- Being one of the principal architects of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliances (LVGEA)
education programs, which continue to inform the organizations efforts in the education arena
today.
- Being a member of the Superintendents Executive Advisory Committee, which still informs
budget practices for the Clark County School District.
- Being a key player in the approval for EB-5 investment for the SLS Las Vegas, a major employer
on the Las Vegas strip.
Andrew Doughman has worked around the country as a journalist and has since 2014 worked in
communications and policy roles at two Las Vegas organizations: TSC2 Group and the Las Vegas Global
Economic Alliance.
Doughman worked with the LVGEA team to research and create policy agendas and action plans around
workforce development and education initiatives in Nevada. He has also delved into complex systems as
a journalist, covering Affordable Care Act implementation and health care policy through the Kaiser
Family Foundation and reporting on placed-based determinants of health for a series funded by the USC
Annenberg School of Journalism.

Worked as a journalist in Seattle and Olympia, Washington; Carson City and Las Vegas, Nevada;
Spartanburg, South Carolina; and Nairobi, Kenya on the topics of state and local governments,
business, health care, energy, education, and politics/elections
BA in Journalism from the University of Washington
Former English teacher in Suwon, South Korea

Brian Knudsen has over 15 years of experience in city and state governments as well as time spent as
the Chief Executive Officer of a large nonprofit organization. Brian's experience covers multiple
functions of government and nonprofit organizations and has focused on creating efficiencies, strategic
planning, and policy development. Most recently, Brian has focused on community organizing and
education policy and strategy.

A key member in the City of Las Vegas Fundamental Service Review team designed to realign
expenditures during the economic downturn
A leader in a local nonprofit organization focused on improving quality of life for Southern
Nevada children.
The founder and leader of the Citys education initiative formerly known as Downtown Achieves
(has since been rebranded under the Citys Department of Youth and Social Innovation).

Masters Degrees in Public Administration and Education, with a focus on Workforce


Development. His Masters Thesis was on Change Management in Large Organizations

Mike Strembitskys achievements and experience are cataloged


here:https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/InterimCommittee/REL/Document/3183
Strembitsky served as a consultant in Nevada with both Clark and Washoe County School Districts with
concentration on work in Clark County Empowerment Schools. Strembitsky further was retained by
the legislative committee to help develop regulations implementing AB394 and continues to assist the
team in implementing these regulations at the Clark County School District.