Biggest Little City

Maureen McKissick


Assistant to the City Manager



(775) 334-2253 

Maureen has been called a “rock star” by the City Manager for her efforts to secure Reno as one of 100 cities chosen by IBM as a 2013 Smarter Cities Challenge grant recipient. She has a knack for tenaciously seeking outside funding for City programs and innovations.

As part of the Office of Management and Budget and the City’s management team, Maureen oversees the development and management of the City’s grants and manages the City’s federal legislative affairs. Maureen is also responsible for integrating the City Council’s priorities with departmental programs and the development of citywide strategies to assist management in evaluating its progress in implementing the Council’s goals.

Maureen joined the City in early 2004 and since that time has worked on several highly challenging multi-year projects, including the construction and operation of the Community Assistance Center, the administration of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the historic preservation of a range of City facilities, and the implementation of Congressionally-funded special projects.

Maureen received the Association of Fundraisers Sierra Chapter Cornerstone Award for Fundraising Professional of the Year in 2008 and the Soroptimists’ Making a Difference for Women Award in 2009 for her work on the Community Assistance Center. She frequently participates in grant-review panels for various regional entities and provides grants training for local non-profits.

Prior to her time at the City, Maureen worked for a wide range of regional non-profit agencies. Maureen grew up in New York and graduated from Connecticut College, a member of the 12-College Exchange Program, through which she also studied at Yale University and the University of Connecticut. She has served on the boards of local non-profit agencies and volunteered for the Girl Scouts and the Washoe County School District.

As a Nevadan by choice and the mother of four sixth-generation Nevadans, Maureen is passionate about preserving the quality of life that makes Reno the greatest Biggest Little City in the World.


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