Mammoth Mountain - Environment - Program Staff

Mammoth Mountain - Environment - Program Staff

Ron Cohen: Director, Government Relations and Environmental Affairs

As Director of Government Relations, Ron is responsible for managing MMSA's relationships with the United States Forest Service, the Town of Mammoth Lakes, and other government and stakeholder groups. As Director of Environmental Affairs, Ron is responsible for managing MMSA's environmental programs. Before joining the MMSA team, Ron was the on-site owner/operator of Tioga Pass Resort, the Inyo National Forest's oldest permitted resort, where he ran the resort year round for five years, and then in the summer only for three more years. Before TPR, Ron was a practicing attorney, first in Los Angeles and then in Mammoth Lakes. Ron moved to the Eastern Sierra in 1999. Ron received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago.

Tom Hodges: Director, Planning and Development

Tom is directly responsible for the planning and development of MMSA's new facilities, and the continual improvement of MMSA's many existing facilities.  In this role, Tom has been instrumental in the construction of MMSA's new LEED certified facilities, and also managed the development of MMSA's reclaimed water project.  Tom holds a B.A. in Construction Management from California State University San Luis Obispo, and is a licensed California Contractor.  Tom started working at MMSA in the early 1990s..

Jim Smith: Vice President, Real Estate

Jim is the senior manager responsible for the company's development, planning, construction, government relations, and environmental programs divisions. Previously, Jim was vice-president of Katell Properties, a leading commercial-development firm based in Los Angeles. Prior to Katell, he was associated with AEW Capital Management and Berkshire Realty Trust, both in Boston. Jim received a B.S. in Accounting from Syracuse University, an M.B.A from Southern New Hampshire University, and a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California. From 2001 to 2006, Jim served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California's School of Policy, Planning, and Development. Jim is a member of both the Urban Land Institute and USC's Lusk Center for Real Estate Development.  Locally, Jim dedicates an impressive amount of time to the community, serving as a Board member of Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access, Mammoth Lakes Housing, and the High Sierra Striders, a non-profit running club in Mammoth Lakes.


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