Ron Knecht is an economist and policy analyst, Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer (in CA), and law school graduate. He has spent half of his 40 working years in public service / education and half in private entrepreneurial small business, all in professional and managerial positions. He conducts a wide range of economic, financial, technical and policy analyses and has written and testified extensively as an expert witness in all those areas. In 2001-12, he served as the Senior Economist at Nevada’s Public Utilities Commission, and he now works as a consultant. Three times a year, he co-teaches a two-day seminar for SNL Financial on utility finance, cost of capital, economic and policy issues for regulators, professionals, managers, securities analysts and others from around the country and Canada.
Ron was elected to the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education in 2006 as the representative for District 9 (the Lake Tahoe area of Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey Counties and southern Washoe County). For two years, he served as Chairman of the Business & Finance (budget) Committee and for one year as Vice-Chairman; and he chaired the Board's Audit Committee in 2007-08. He has also has served on the Research & Economic Development, Board Development and Cultural Diversity& Security Committees and on various College Presidential Selection and Performance Review Committees. Ron has been a founder, executive or board member for six business firms and various charitable and public interest groups. He was elected to the Nevada Assembly for the 2002-04 term, representing District 40 (Carson and Washoe Cities).