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Regent Jason Geddes was appointed by Gov. Kenny Guinn to serve on the Board of Regents in 2006 and was retained in the 2008 and 2010 elections as the representative for District 11. He currently serves as chair of the Academic, Research and Student Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of the ad hoc Committee on Athletics. He is also a member of the Health Sciences and Investment & Facilities Committees.

He served two terms as Board Chairman (2011-2012 and 2012-2013). 

Regent Geddes was born in Winnemucca, Nevada but spent his formative years in Gabbs. He attended Traner Middle School and Sparks High School.

Jason works for the Washoe County School District as the Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Manager where we works to develop, implement and maintain the energy conservation and sustainability programs. This includes utility consumption monitoring, energy & water conservation management, recycling management, and education of students, staff & the public in sustainability practices.

Prior to joining the District, Jason served as the Environmental Services Administrator for the City of Reno, where he led the Green Team, implemented action plans and communicated with the public. During his tenure, the City of Reno was able to reduce energy use by 40%, reduce energy costs by 30% and add 20% renewables. He also negotiated the single stream recycling program on behalf of the City.

Jason received his BS in biochemistry and Ph.D. in environmental chemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno. He has served as the senior petroleum chemist with the Nevada Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Affairs Manager at the University of Nevada, a member of the Nevada New Energy Industry Task Force, and Chair of the Nevada Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Task Force. He was elected to serve in the Nevada State Assembly in 2002 and while serving was an active member of the Education, Judiciary, and Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining committees.

Jason and Cindie (his wife of over 28 years) are enjoying the adventures brought by the ever changing experiences of their teenage son, Joe.


University of Nevada, Reno, 1995

Ph.D., environmental sciences and health (environmental chemistry option)

University of Nevada, Reno, 1990

B.S., biochemistry with minors in biology and chemistry

Professional Experience

Environmental Services Administrator, City of Reno

Government Affairs Manager, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada

Environmental Affairs Manager, University of Nevada, Reno

Assemblyman, Nevada State Assembly

Senior Petroleum Chemist, Nevada Department of Agriculture

Petroleum Chemist, Nevada Department of Agriculture

Director of Operations, Nevada Environmental Laboratories

Quality Assurance Officer, Nevada Environmental Laboratories

Civic and Professional Affiliations

Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Director

Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation Task Force, State of Nevada, Chair

New Industry Energy Task Force

Renewable Energy Deployment Transmission and Distribution Workgroup, State of Nevada

Truckee Meadows Clean Cities Coalition, Director

Energy and Environment Committee, University of Nevada, Chair

Nevada Fuel Standards Environmental Coordination Committee, Chair

Clark County Air Quality Forum

Sustainable Building and Clean Energy Committee, University of Nevada System

New Student Union Planning Team, University of Nevada

Reno Host Lions Club

Judicial Selection Commission, State of Nevada

State of Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners, Secretary/Treasurer

Friends & Alumni of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, President

Young Alumni Chapter, University of Nevada, President

American Chemical Society

Honors and Awards

University of Nevada, Reno -- Outstanding Young Alumni

Nevada Wildlife Federation -- Legislator of the Year

Environmental Community of Northern Nevada -- Golden Pinecone Award

American Institute of Architects of Nevada -- Livable Community Award

Outstanding Professional Achievement, University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School

National Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Chemistry -- American Chemical Society

National Graduate Student Paper Award -- Lewis Publishers and American Chemical Society

Graduate Student Paper Award -- University of Nevada

U.S. - Soviet Student Leadership Exchange

University of Nevada Board of Regents Outstanding Student (three times)

University of Nevada Board of Regents Scholar