Katy Simon Holland retired in 2013 after serving in local government for more than 25 years, most recently as the Washoe County (NV) Manager for 15 years. As County Manager, she oversaw a budget of $800 million and 3,200 employees serving a population of 423,000 residents. During her administration, Washoe County was named the #1 Digital County in the US (midsize), was awarded the Cashman Good Government award three times by the Nevada Taxpayers Association, was three times named the #1 Local Government in the US for Waste Reduction, among many other awards, and, despite losing 40% of its budgeted resources during the recession, Washoe County received a bond rating upgrade and a 90% voter approval rating for its handling of the fiscal crisis, while increasing measured citizen satisfaction by 44%.
Ms. Simon Holland has returned to consulting as President of Simon and Associates, and in that capacity has worked with local and state government clients in California, Nevada, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts and Florida, as well as non-profits and corporations such as Qualcomm, Baxter Healthcare, Sony, Mitsubishi, Amoco Oil, USWest technologies, and others in leadership development, vision, strategy, and innovation.
Once named one of Twenty People to Watch in the New Millenium by the Reno Gazette-Journal, she is a Credentialed Manager through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and has served on the Boards of the Alliance for Innovation, the National Association of County Administrators, the ICMA Center for Performance Measurement, and many other civic and non-profit entities including the United Way, the Children’s Cabinet, the Nevada Land Trust, Truckee Meadows Tomorrow, the Access to Healthcare Network and the Tahoe Fund. She was named a Senior Consultant with ICMA, is a Senior Consultant with the nationally-recognized local government consulting firm Management Partners, and serves on the faculty and as Innovation Mentor for the Alliance’s national Innovation Academy, as well as having served as a guest lecturer and Manager in Residence for the USC (University of Southern California) Sol Price Graduate School of Public Policy. She is a frequent public speaker, has written for national publications, and was honored to be selected as an Olympic Torchbearer for the 1996 Olympics.