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Heidi Gansert was appointed Executive Director, External Relations in October 2012. She had previously served as Chief of Staff to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval from January 2011 to September 2012. As Executive Director, External Relations, Gansert is charged with working closely with economic development agencies throughout the state, leading the University's Economic Development and Business Relations Task Force, and serving as a catalyst for creating economic development, business and outreach partnerships between the University and the community and the state it serves.
Prior to her time in the Governor's Office, Gansert served as an assemblywoman representing District 25 in the Nevada State Legislature from 2004-2010. Her time in the executive and legislative branches of state government included important roles related to education, economic development, workforce training, energy and business. Gansert was the governor's appointee to the Legislative Committee to Evaluate Funding for Higher Education in 2012 and was a member of Nevada's Team to the Nevada Governor's Association Policy Academy to Improve Performance Measures for Higher Education. As an assemblywoman, Gansert served on the Committee to Study Capital Funding for Washoe County School District and the P-16 Committee to Study Education in Nevada.
In 2005, Gansert was named Freshman Legislator of the Year by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Police Officers' Research Association. She received the Nicholas J. Horn Award from the Nevada State Medical Association and a Special Recognition Award from the Washoe County Medical Society in 2007. Prior to these roles, Gansert, an engineering graduate of Santa Clara University who holds a master's of business administration degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, was an independent management consultant for medical practices and was a resource planning engineer for Sierra Pacific Power Company in Reno.