Board Membership


The Washoe County Board of Equalization is comprised of five members appointed by the Washoe County Commission (NRS 361.340). This Board is charged with hearing appeals filed by property owners who do not agree with the value placed on their property for tax purposes by the County Assessor (NAC 361.624). The County Board hearings are held from late-January through February of each year.


Nevada Revised Statute 361.340
Nevada Administrative Code 361.624

Board Members

Daren McDonald - Chair (click for bio)

Daren M. McDonald was born in Reno and graduated from Sierra Nevada College as the valedictorian of his class with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Accounting and a minor in Math & Computers. He received his Juris Doctorate from Taft Law School.

He is a licensed certified public accountant (CPA) and owner of the public accounting firm Daren M. McDonald, CPA, Chartered. His firm primarily assists businesses and their owners with financial reporting and taxation matters, including income tax. Business clients come from the industries of construction contractors, investment partnerships and multi-tiered partnerships, restaurants and food service, and E Commerce Services.

Daren was appointed to a four-year term on the Board of Equalization in December of 2019. In the past Daren has served on other government and not for profit organizational boards and committees. Most notably, he served for eight years as Board member and Treasurer of the domestic violence shelter for the north Lake Tahoe and Truckee region, and for three years as a committee member of the Placer County Tahoe Basin Design Review Committee, an area planning body.

Eugenia Bonnenfant (click for bio)

Eugenia graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Doctor of Philosophy, Economics and a Master of Business Administration degrees. She is the President of Ekay Economic Consultants, an economic consulting company based in Reno. Eugenia's areas of practice include financial, fiscal and economic impact analyses, economic damages, economic analysis, and market and feasibility studies.

Eugenia is a nationally certified valuation analyst (CVA), certified in management accounting (CMA) and master analyst in financial forensics (MAFF), specializing in Financial Litigation. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Nevada Women's Fund and an active member of the Salute to Women of Achievement Luncheon Steering Committee. She is a past Charter member and Public Relations Chair of the Rotary Club of Reno Midtown. Eugenia is also a member of the Washoe County Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC) and is an alumna of the Leadership Reno Sparks program.

Eugenia was appointed to the Alternate position for the Board of Equalization in 2014. In November 2015, she was appointed to a four-year term on the Board of Equalization until June 30, 2019.

James Ainsworth (click for bio)

James Ainsworth has been on the Board of Equalization for 9 years. He served 24 years on the Sun Valley General Improvement District Board of Trustees, with 22 years as the chairman of that board. He served 14 years on the Washoe County Debt Management Commission and 4 years on the Western Regional Water Commission.

Rob Pierce (click for bio)

Rob Pierce moved to the Reno area in 1988 after an honorable discharge from the US Navy. He raised his family in the Reno area and is humbly excited to say that all of his family, including himself, successfully graduated from one of our colleges in the area.

Rob started volunteering for Washoe County through the Sheriff’s office in 2007 via Search and Rescue. He continues to be an active member in Washoe County with his current appointment to three boards, one commission, one airport authority board, a homeowner’s association, and his current positions with the sheriff’s office and other outside organizations. He is the current chairman for two of the County boards, President of the homeowner’s association and President for the not-for-profit organization he founded in 2017 that helps the less fortunate whenever they can through opportunities for a hand up approach.

Rob was appointed to the Board of Equalization in 2023 and looks at it as an honor and a privilege to have this position of trust placed upon him. He strongly believes that all of his positions he is involved with come with a position of trust that he doesn’t take lightly.

Dennis George (click for bio)

Currently: Retired

Last Position 2000-2005: Lecturer, Department of Economics, UNR

Previously: 1989-2000 Nevada Army National Guard

  • 1998-2000 Chief of Staff
  • 1995-1998 Director of Plans, Operations and Training
  • 1989-1995 Director of Aviation and Safety

1979-1989: Various positions in Real Estate

  • Corporate President Realty 500
  • Vice President Western Title
  • District Manager Ticor Title
  • Executive Officer Reno Board of REALTORS
  • Assistant Dean, UNR College of Business
  • Assistant Director of Governmental Affairs, Greater Reno-­Sparks Chamber of Commerce

1966-1979: U.S. Army


  • MBA, U of Utah 1976
  • B.S., Economics, UNR 1972
  • Sparks High School, 1963