Landscape Photography by Elizabeth Carmel

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of a mix of local business owners, long-time Truckee-Tahoe residents, environmental professionals, land use planners, and active environmental stewards. Board Committees in the areas of Finance, Projects, Membership and Fundraising function much like staff for the organization holding regular meetings with goals and timelines. The Board also meets as a whole on a monthly basis.

Ronnie Colby, President

Ronnie Colby was born and raised in Northern California. He grew up in San Jose and at age 10 moved to a 200-acre ranch in the Cascades between Mt. Shasta and Mt Lassen. Ronnie has visited Truckee since 1981 and moved here full-time in 2004 with his wife Kristen, an RN at Tahoe Forest. He has a degree in English and has taught at the high school and university levels. He is a local leader in advocating for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and appropriate technology in the Truckee region. He founded and operated Truckee’s only biodiesel distribution business and currently works for Solar Wind Works as a licensed PV and solar thermal system installer.

Ronnie has worked with a variety of civic, direct action, and non-profit organizations all aimed at protecting habitat, open space, social justice, and smart growth. He has worked to highlight waste, fraud, and abuse at all levels and regularly publishes on these and other related subjects. Ronnie recently documented and completed a Diesel conversion in his 28 year old Toyota 4×4 – he remains a diesel nerd. When not building solar, he’s out mountain biking, gleefully splitboarding, paddling his old Canoe in remote lakes, or reviewing a land use application or other project outline. He remains grateful for the opportunity to work with MAP and area stakeholders to keep Truckee the unique place he found it as a child.

Dan Haas, Vice President

After living for 13 years in Los Angeles, working as a cinematographer in the film and tv business, Dan left the beach and the traffic for the fresh air and serenity of the Lake Tahoe/Truckee region. He is currently working as a professional travel and lifestyle photographer. Dan currently serves on the board of the Red Tab Foundation and jumped at the chance to be on the MAP board. Dan cares deeply for the mountains and the place he calls home and believes MAP to be at the forefront of protecting the Tahoe/Truckee region for current and future generations to enjoy.

Dan is an avid skier, mountain biker, water skier and when not out on the trails of Tahoe, can usually be found traveling the West with his camera and dog, Maggie.

Benjamin Trustman, Treasurer


Ben has lived in Truckee since he was six years old. Ben has a BS in ecohydrology, a MS in hydrology and currently works at the Desert Research Institute in Reno.  While living in the community for over 30 years he has seen Truckee go through many changes. Having knowledge of ecosystem services and mountain hydrology, as well as living in the area most of his life, gives Ben a unique perspective on the community and region.

‘With my background in science, I can help MAP in its mission to preserve our environment by offering insight to the many environmental impact reports that are part of the areas development plans. Having lived in the community for so long I can offer MAP a person who is truly vested in maintaining what I would call the “magic” of the area that draws people from all over the world to come here.  I am happy to be a part of an organization that’s goal is to protect the beautiful environment in which I grew up and have chosen to live and raise my family in.

Lisa Holan, Secretary 

Lisa snow 2Lisa grew up in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Truckee in 2000 after completing her Master’s degree in Ecology. Following graduate school, Lisa traveled around Asia for several months then settled in tiny Bear Valley, CA, working as a climbing instructor for the summer. Her (now) husband Jan (“Yan”) was determined to keep her here by instilling a love of the Sierra, and they climbed, skied, hiked, biked, swam and camped all over the Tahoe basin and east side of the Sierra. It worked: after teaching several semesters at Sierra Nevada College, Lisa now works as an aquatic ecologist at UNR, and is currently introducing their 6-year-old son to all the activities and places she loves in the Sierra. Her favorite place of all is a stretch of the Truckee River, a few minutes walk from the back of their house, that Lisa has visited almost daily in all seasons for the last decade with her husband, and dog and now her son.

She is pleased to be apart of MAP and have a concrete way to help protect the cherished natural places in our community and promote smart development in the region.