Brian Mitchell was appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval as Director of the Office of Science, Innovation and Technology. In this role, Mr. Mitchell advises the Governor on STEM education, workforce, and economic development policy, staffs the STEM Advisory Council, and oversees the mapping and development of broadband in Nevada. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Mitchell served as an education advisor to Governor Sandoval during the 2015 legislative session. Before moving to Nevada for the session, Mr. Mitchell served as a senior advisor to Governors Sandoval and Gibbons in the Governor’s Washington DC office, representing the state to Congress and the executive branch on education, healthcare, and homeland security issues. Mr. Mitchell graduated from Brigham Young University and lives in Carson City with his wife and two children.
Britta Kuhn serves as the Broad Manager for the Office of Science, Innovation and Technology. In this role, she coordinates the planning, mapping and procurement of broadband service throughout the state. She received her B.A. in political science with an emphasis in public administration from California State University, Fullerton and her law degree from Western State University College of Law. After practicing business, real estate, and bankruptcy law in California for 16 years, Kuhn moved to Nevada. Kuhn worked with the Research Division of the Legislative Counsel Bureau, Constituent Services Unit, and with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office in the Litigation Division as a legal secretary, before joining Governor Sandoval’s staff in 2013 as a legal researcher and policy analyst. During her tenure with the Governor, Kuhn worked with stakeholders, state agencies, medical institutions and businesses on the development and passage of AB 292, known as the telehealth Bill, which enabled health care providers to provide medical services to rural and underserved areas utilizing broadband technology. Kuhn also chaired the telehealth working group, formed after the passage of AB 292, to implement the provisions of the bill.
Grants and Project Analyst
Jodi Bass serves as the Grant and Project Analyst. Ms. Bass handles grant management and reporting functions and provides support to grantees. She previously worked for the state with the Division of Emergency Management, as the Grant Project Analyst for the Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant. She also worked within the Department of Public and Behavioral Health, with the Ryan White HIV/AIDs grant. She is a native Nevadan and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her five grandchildren.
Debra joined the office as the Administrative Assistant after moving to Reno from Henderson, Nevada where she worked as an Executive Assistant for an engineering firm for the last 14 years. Previous to that Ms. Petrelli was a legal secretary in Reno and served as a Committee Secretary for Senate Finance during the 2001 Nevada Legislative Session. Prior to that she lived and worked in Ely, Nevada as an Executive Secretary for the Seventh Judicial District Court and Child Support Coordinator for the District Attorney’s Office.