Governor Sisolak announces leadership team for statewide heat plan, forms environmental justice team

LAS VEGAS, NV – March 17, 2022

Today, Gov. Sisolak announced his leadership team responsible for developing the statewide strategy for dealing with extreme heat as laid out in his recent State of the State address. Additionally, the Governor announced he is forming an environmental justice team to implement the federal Justice 40 Initiative to ensure equity and justice are central to climate planning for the State.

In January 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14008 on Tackling the Climate Crisis. The order requires that 40 percent of federal investments in clean energy, transit, housing, workforce development, pollution remediation and clean water infrastructure reaches disadvantaged communities.

“To ensure the most vulnerable Nevadans are able to weather the worst impacts of climate change, I am committed to ensuring we appropriately direct federal resources that support the Justice 40 Initiative,” said Governor Sisolak. “Low-income households and historically marginalized communities are bearing the brunt of the impacts of climate change, particularly when it comes to extreme heat. I am proud to have inter-agency teams that are focused on climate and environmental justice working together to develop this plan.”

The Environmental Justice Team will engage in all next steps on climate change taken by the state, including the extreme heat plan. This plan will identify threats and potential solutions that will inform policymakers grappling with this hazard. Both teams will draw on expertise from across Nevada’s public and private sectors in order to create the most comprehensive plans possible.

Extreme Heat Planning Team

  • Dr. Ihsan Azzam, Chief Medical Officer, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
  • David Fogerson, Chief, Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Office of Homeland Security
  • Dr. Kristen Averyt, Senior Climate Advisor, Office of the Governor
State Environmental Justice Team
  • Tina Dortch, Program Manager, Office of Minority Health and Equity
  • Stacey Montooth, Executive Director, Nevada Indian Commission
  • Charina De Asis, Director, Office for New Americans
  • Jordan Hosmer-Henner, Policy Analyst, Office of the Governor



Meghin Delaney 
Communications Director