Alexis Ollar, Executive Director
Alexis Ollar has lived and worked in the Truckee-Tahoe area since 2005. She brings 15 years of experience working in the environmental and non-profit sector to Mountain Area Preservation. Alexis completed her Masters of Science from Humboldt State University focusing in Geospatial Science and the Environment & Community Masters program. While in school Alexis worked for the University as a Graduate Research Assistant conducting community GIS applications for local conservation initiatives. She also worked for the California Center For Rural Policy, as a research assistant focusing on agriculture mapping for the Humboldt County Community Food Assessment and Food Policy Council. Before graduate school, Alexis worked as Traveling Trainer for Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, where she taught educational programs focusing on environmental stewardship all around the lower 48 states for two years with her husband Topher.
Prior to leaving the region, she was the Director of Trail Use at the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for 4 years where she managed environmental education programs, restoration, recreation, trail-building programs, wrote and administered grants, and led volunteer/community trainings on the trail. Her passion for natural resource research and environmental education began in Hawaii, where she finished her B.S. in Environmental Science from Hawaii Pacific University. Alexis worked in Hawaii State Parks after college focusing on local watershed restoration projects and water quality monitoring. In her spare time, she enjoys making jewelry, rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, and gardening with her husband and dog Kai.
Nikki Riley, Development Director
Nikki moved to Truckee in 1998 after completing her degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley. She has made a career in both the arts and land use, seamlessly moving between the two fields. Nikki served on the Mountain Area Preservation Board of Directors from 2006 to 2015 and as President of the Board from 2012 to 2015. She is currently serving on the Board of the Martis Fund. Nikki was a Planning Commissioner for the Town of Truckee from 2003 to 2007 and was the Truckee Representative for the Nevada County First Five Commission from 2009 to 2013. She is passionate about the Truckee-Tahoe region and serves as an advocate not only for the environment but for its people as well. Nikki is married to Brendan Riley, they have two sons, Dylan and Harlan and a dog named Ajsa.
Lynn Baumgartner, Development Associate
Lynn moved to the Truckee-Tahoe area in 2010 to work in the environmental non-profit field. She earned her Master’s of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara, studying environmental health and safety practices in the nanomaterials industry. Before attending graduate school, she completed a BA in environmental geology at Western Washington University and served as an AmeriCorps member. She has previously worked in outreach, fundraising, communication, research, and as the director for the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, the region’s only environment-focused AmeriCorps program.
Lynn is passionate about environmental stewardship, national service, science literacy, and the Truckee-Tahoe region. When she’s not working, Lynn is likely mountain biking, snowboarding, swimming, or reading.