Commissioner Kitty Jung
Kitty Jung, appointed to the Washoe County Commission on August 29, 2007 by Governor Jim Gibbons, has been re-elected twice by her constituents. She represents District 3 which includes downtown Reno, West Sparks, and Sun Valley.
Jung earned her Master’s degree in psychology from Humboldt State University and has extensive community service and public relations experience. She arrived in the Truckee Meadows to serve as a lecturer in the Liberal Arts and Public Service Department for Truckee Meadows Community College where she earned a nomination for Teacher of the Year both years of her employment. She was the Business and Community Liaison for Sierra Nevada Job Corps and served as a Community Liaison for the City of Reno’s elected officials.
She believes that responsible and sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental sustainability) is crucial in order to maintain and improve our quality of life here in Washoe County.
Particularly close to Jung's heart is protecting the vulnerable in Washoe County. She is the chair of the Community Assistance Center Transitional Governing Board and former liaison to the Washoe County Senior Services Advisory Board.
As both a pet owner and a foster care parent for homeless animals, Jung believes that caring for community needs in its entirety ensures a quality of life and dignity to all helpless in our community. She is active in rescue groups for animals.
Commissioner Jung is committed to reducing Washoe County’s carbon footprint and has directed staff to develop a Regional Green Team partnering with the Cities of Reno and Sparks and the Washoe County School District. She created new policy forbidding tax dollars to be used to purchase bottled water due to the excessive petroleum required and as an acknowledgement of the quality of water enjoyed in the Truckee Meadows. In addition, Jung, along with her husband, has pledged to actively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by going meatless on Mondays.
Jung lives in Old Northwest Reno with her husband Scott and her rescue animals: Leila, Rocky (dogs), Neo, Trinity and Mimi (cats). They also have koi named Bruce, Israel and Ethereal.
Current Board Appointments
- Community Assistance Center Transitional Governing Board
- Nevada Works
- Truckee Meadows Water Authority Board (alternate)
- Truckee River Flood Management Authority (alternate)
- Washoe County Criminal Justice Advisory Committee
- Washoe County Internal Audit Committee
- Washoe County District Board of Health
- Washoe County Investment Committee
- Washoe County Open Space and Regional Parks Commission Liaison
- Washoe County Senior Services Advisory Board Liaison
- Washoe County Stadium Authority
As the Washoe County strategic plan goal team lead, Commissioner Jung is also promoting a proactive approach to preparing for implementation of legalized marijuana in unincorporated Washoe County.