Renee L. Yackira
Renee Yackira was appointed by Chancellor Dan Klaich to serve as executive director of government relations in October 2011 and was promoted to vice chancellor for administration and operations in August 2012. In this position, she is responsible for NSHE's day-to-day administrative functions as well as supervises communications, government relations, and community relations.
Prior to joining NSHE, Yackira served as deputy general counsel and executive for business law for NV Energy. In the 10-year period prior to joining NV Energy, she served as chief of staff to Nevada State Treasurer Kate Marshall, deputy chief of staff and general counsel to Former Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn, and as chief deputy secretary of state to Former Nevada Secretary of State Dean Heller. Yackira also served as a policy advisor and assistant general counsel to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission. Previous to state employment, Renee was an associate at the law firm of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro LLP (now known as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP) where she specialized in corporate and securities law.
She earned a juris doctor (summa cum laude) from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1996. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree (magna cum laude) in economics from Santa Clara University in 1992.