Governor Staff

Carson City Staff

Mike Willden

Chief of Staff
In his role as Chief of Staff, Mike Willden brings more than forty years of experience in state government to the Governor’s office. He most recently served as Director of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), a position he held since July 2001, having first been appointed by Governor Kenny Guinn, reappointed by Governor Jim Gibbons, and appointed again by Governor Brian Sandoval. In that capacity, he was responsible for oversight of the largest department in Nevada state government, managing approximately 5400 employees and 29% of the state’s budget. A native Nevadan, Willden earned a degree in Business Administration from Southern Utah University.

Andrew Clinger

Senior Advisor
Andrew Clinger has nearly two decades of experience leading and managing both state and local government organizations. Clinger was previously the City Manager of Reno, Nevada where he managed more than 1,200 employees working in 14 different service departments. Prior to his appointment as Reno City Manager, Clinger served three different Nevada Governors as the Director of the Department of Administration and Chief of the Budget Division. During his tenure, Clinger helped navigate the State of Nevada through the most difficult economic time in the state’s history. Andrew also brought transparency and accountability to the State of Nevada by developing the state’s online spending and budgeting presence and Nevada’s first outcome based Executive Budget. Clinger received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1995.

Christina Davis

Special Assistant to the Governor

Mary-Sarah Kinner

Communications Director

Sheila Anderson

Policy Analyst

Jennifer Brooks

Senior Administrative Assistant
Prior to joining the governor’s staff, Brooks was with the Carson City Sheriff’s Office for 10 years. She was responsible for processing all civil lawsuits and documentation that came into the civil office. Before the Sheriff’s Office, Brooks spent 13 years in the private sector as an administrative assistant in a medical testing company. Brooks has been in Nevada for over 20 years and has raised two children. One of which is a Correctional Officer in California and another who lives in North Carolina with her daughter and husband who is in the end stages of becoming a Green Beret with the United States Army.

Shannon Litz

Policy Analyst
Prior to joining the Governor’s staff, Litz spent more than 14 years as a photojournalist with Sierra Nevada Media Group. She graduated from Douglas High School and has a degree in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Pam Robinson

Policy Director
Pam Robinson previously served as the Chief of Staff for Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki which included the overall management of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration. In addition to her state service, Pam has extensive federal experience having held positions in the offices of United States Senators Dean Heller and John Ensign and Congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich. She was the Congressional liaison for the U.S. Forest Service and has coordinated several Lake Tahoe Summits during her career.

Kathryn Reynolds

General Counsel

Kierra Bracken

Constituent Services Program Officer

Keith J.D. Hightower

Legislative Director
Keith J.D. Hightower graduated from the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law with Pro Bono Highest Honors. While in law school, he served in the Governor’s office as a Legislative Policy Extern during the 79th Session of the Nevada Legislature, and was also President of the Student Bar Association. He has an extensive background in education, with experience in academic administration at UNLV Law School and as a public school teacher with Teach For America. Hightower obtained his Master’s in Education from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and earned a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Columbia University.

Jennifer Owings

Front Desk Administrative Assistant

Las Vegas Staff

Annalyn Bo Carrillo

Southern Nevada Office Manager
Carrillo, a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, began working in the Governor’s office as intern in 2003 and shortly appointed to staff by Governor Kenny C. Guinn. Appointed as Southern Nevada Director of Constituent Services in Governor Gibbons’ office in 2007, Carrillo also served internships in the offices of then-Attorney General Brian Sandoval and Attorney General Bruce Botelho of Alaska.

Elena Beck

Administrative Assistant
Before joining the Governor’s office, Beck was employed as a ER Admitting Representative for the Valley Health System. Previous experience includes 14 years in customer and client services with Medco.