Commissioner Kitty Jung
Commissioner Kitty Jung has served on the Washoe County Board of County Commissioners since her appointment by Gov. Jim Gibbons in 2007, proudly serving District 3, which includes downtown Reno, West Sparks, and Sun Valley. She has lived in the same home in this district for two decades, committed to staying connected and available to her constituents.
During her tenure on the board, Jung served as Washoe County Strategic Goal Champion to legalize marijuana and helped the county prepare for the economic, logistic, and social impacts of legal cannabis in Nevada. Statewide tax revenue from legal cannabis in FY20 was over $105 million, and is poised to far exceed that in FY21. Her next initiative on this front is to advocate for total decriminalization of marijuana.
Issues of top priority to the commissioner are protecting vulnerable populations, supporting animal services, and reducing Washoe County’s carbon footprint. Jung believes that an holistic approach to caring for the community, from addressing trauma in mental health issues to providing quality public education and a healthy environment, ensures a quality of life and dignity to all. She served on the Governor’s Statewide Partnership on the Opioid Crisis and is a champion for addressing the root causes of addiction and stemming the crisis in our community.
Jung has worked on local issues beyond the mandates of her role on the Commission, and spearheaded the grassroots effort to pass WC-1 in 2016, a sales tax increase to fund the revitalization of Washoe County’s aging school properties. Additionally, she is a proud supporter of LGBTQ+ rights and has long been a vocal advocate for marriage equality. Jung has supported Reno’s branding as the home of Burning Man art by personally financing the lighting of the iconic Space Whale art installation.
Commissioner Jung is also committed to reducing Washoe County’s carbon footprint and directed the development of a Regional Green Team, collaborating with the Cities of Reno, Sparks and the Washoe County School District. She attributes her personal commitment to environmental protection to her years living on California’s North Coast, where she earned her Master’s degree in psychology from Humboldt State University and proudly signed the university’s pledge to be a lifelong steward of the environment. She and her husband intend to transform their home to be completely off-grid and commit to plant-based nutrition.
Having grown up in California’s Central Valley, Jung moved to Washoe County in 1999 to serve as a lecturer in the Liberal Arts and Public Service Department at Truckee Meadows Community College, where she was twice nominated for Teacher of the Year.
Current Board Appointments:
- Animal Services Advisory Board
- Downtown Reno Business Improvement District (Alternate)
- Nevada Tahoe Conservation District Board of Supervisors (Alternate)
- Nevada Works (Alternate)
- Truckee Meadows Water Authority (Alternate)
- Truckee River Flood Management Authority (Alternate)
- Washoe County Open Space and Regional Parks Commission
- Washoe County Senior Advisory Board Liaison
- Washoe County Stadium Authority
Jung and her husband, Scott, live in Old Northwest Reno with their beloved rescue animals, Leila (named for the Arab Spring) and Rocky. Jung is a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary in honor of her husband and father, both of whom are veterans.