RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Heidi Gansert will join the University of Nevada, Reno as special assistant to the President Marc Johnson for external affairs.
Gansert most recently was Chief of Staff to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval from January 2011 to September 2012. She served as an assemblywoman representing District 25 in the Nevada State Legislature from 2004 to 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 is 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 National Governor’s Association Policy Academy to Improve Performance Measures for Higher Education. As a legislator, 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, she 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 was an independent management consultant for medical practices and a resource planning engineer for Sierra Pacific Power Company in Reno and Louisville Gas and Electric in Louisville, Ky.
Gansert starts in her new role on Oct. 29. Her responsibilities include leading the University’s Economic Development and Business Relations Task Force, which includes several deans and administrators with outreach responsibilities.
Gansert received a master’s of business of administration from the University of Nevada, Reno and bachelor’s degree in engineering from Santa Clara University. She is a member of the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Engineering Advisory Board.