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Alexis for Washoe County Commission

I was born in Reno and raised in a loving and politically engaged home in Sparks, Nevada. My parents were always at a community meeting or volunteering on community projects. My parents instilled in me a passion for public service. 

I earned my bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University’s George H.W. Bush School of Public Policy.  Missing the mountains and western spirit of my home, I was drawn back to northern Nevada after graduation.


I completed my master’s degree in public administration and public policy at the University of Nevada and have spent over a decade in municipal service.


I’ve also worked in the private sector, including at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and as executive director of a fantastic non-profit, Kids & Horses.

I live in the old Southwest with my husband, Matthew Tuma, and our Boston terrier, George Washington, and have a passion for singing, riding bikes, camping and all things arts and culture.

Here are some highlights from my last seven years at the City of Reno, where I have spearheaded major initiatives including:

  • The City’s comprehensive sponsorship program for special events.

  • Diversity, inclusion and equity arts and culture grant initiatives.

  • Creation and growth of the City’s free arts and culture events and civic events (such as the annual Halloween Event, Reno Art Fest, Fiesta!, Reno 150 and the Takeoff Event).

  • Creation of policies that have enhanced Reno’s national brand as a cutting-edge city, from bringing revisions to city code to better support of free speech marches such as the Women's March and expansion of free speech rights of artists and protesters during special events.

  • Working to secure some of the most iconic artwork in the City including the BELIEVE sculpture by Jeff Schomberg and Laura Kimpton, Space Whale by the Pier Group and Android Jones.  These pieces, as well as many others, have made the City’s Art Plaza a beloved community space

  • Securing the largest-ever grants in the State of Nevada from the National Endowment for the Arts for the Midtown Public Art Project and the upcoming 4th Street Public Art Project.

As an engaged member of our community, I serve on the EDAWN Foundation, Truckee Meadows Tomorrow, and Sierra Arts Foundation Boards.

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