Board of Directors


Meet the Board Members


Lauren OBrien, Board Chair

Lauren brings a passion for innovation and business sense to TTCF. As a business and marketing consultant, she has helped TTCF craft a major donor initiative that brings together some of the best that Tahoe has to offer. Her community experience includes the Truckee River Watershed Council, strategic planning for a number of nonprofits, and a new entrepreneurial venture. Lauren’s first year of service will be focused on Strategic Planning and Asset Development.









Wally Auerbach, Immediate Past Board Chair

Wally joined the TTCF Board in July 2012, and accepted the position of Board Chair in 2016. As of July 2018, he became Immediate Past Chair. He is a 33 year resident of North Lake Tahoe, owner of a successful civil engineering consulting practice in Tahoe City, and often working on community enhancement projects such as trails, parks, and water quality improvement projects. Wally has been involved in community issues as a Board member and Infrastructure Committee member of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association since 1998. He is also a Board member of the Tahoe City Recreation Association; a group that supports youth recreation and education in the North Lake Tahoe area.







Kelley R. Carroll, Secretary

Kelley joins the TTCF Board with man years of experience serving on several local nonprofit boards including Truckee Donner Land Trust, Friends of the Truckee Library, Sierra Senior Services, and SWEP. He brings this experience to the Governance Committee. Kelley is a Partner and Attorney at Porter Simon where he began in 1991 after practicing in San Francisco. He has earned the highest rating, AV, awarded by the Martindale-Hubbell organization, a rating for attorneys whose legal skills and ethical standards are “very high.” He is a strong supporter of environmental causes and groups that work to strengthen local community and culture.






Geoff Edelstein

Geoffrey I. Edelstein is a Co-Founder, Principal and Portfolio Manager of Granite Investment Partners, LLC, an investment advisor specializing in asset management for institutions and high net worth families. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, 1985, and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, 1988. Mr. Edelstein earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1997. He is a member and past board chair of the Board of Directors of EMQ Families First. He is also a member of the Eisner Pediatric and Medical Foundation’s Investment and Finance Committees. Geoff is active at the University of Michigan, where he serves on the LSA Dean’s Advisory Committee and the Organizational Studies Leadership Committee, and Northwestern University School of Law, where he is a member of its Law Board. Geoff and Alison live in Pacific Palisades, California and have a home in Truckee, California.





Jerusha Hall

Jerusha Hall is an Environmental Planner at Northstar California, with over 25 years of good living in the Truckee-Tahoe region. Jerusha enjoys fostering community connections that will continue to improve quality of life in the region, while taking time to raise her family and play outdoors as much as possible. She currently serves on the Town of Truckee Planning Commission, the EpicPromise Giving Council, and owns a small business focused on improving forest health. She is particularly interested in accelerating achievable housing solutions and utilizing forest resources to create a regional hub for wood products, while retaining rugged and progressive community character.







Thomas J. Powell

Tom is an innovative financier with over 30 years of experience in private equity, commercial banking, and alternative asset management. His expansive career began in Silicon Valley in the late 80s, and since then, he has raised and managed more than $2.1 billion of institutional-grade and private investments. Tom has served as an international guest lecturer and instructor at Harvard University in the Office of Executive Education. He has been active with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America for over 40 years, as a participant in his youth, then as a local board member, National Trustee, and an Executive Committee leader. Tom is an outdoor enthusiast, an avid cyclist, and a professional ski instructor for Vail Resorts at Northstar.






Bob Richards, Treasurer

Bob is the co-founder and principal of Eagle Peak Asset Management, LLC. Prior to co-founding Eagle Peak, he spent six years at Coachwood Asset Management, Inc. ultimately serving as President. Bob graduated with high honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in Business Economics with an emphasis in accounting. Additionally, he is a Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA®”) charterholder and is a current member of the CFA Institute. Bob is a past guest lecturer at the University of Nevada, Reno, speaking to undergraduate and MBA classes. Currently, he is a volunteer instructor with Achieve Tahoe in their adaptive winter skiing program and also serves on their Board of Directors. He is an Eagle Scout and has lived in North Tahoe since 2002 and has lived in North Tahoe since 2002. He currently lives Truckee with his wife and children, where he strives to take full advantage of all the outdoor activities the Tahoe Basin has to offer.





Hannah Sullivan, Vice Chair

Hannah Sullivan brings to the board a breadth of business experience.  With an education and career focused in investments, an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for the outdoors, Hannah moved to Tahoe full time in 2001. She is a co-founder and partner of Emerald Bay Wealth Management LLC, a registered investment advisor founded in 2011.  She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation.  Hannah has served on the boards of Hathaway Brown School, the Saint Francis Foundation, Cornell Outdoor Education (her undergraduate alma mater), the Development Council of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business (where she received her MBA), as well as numerous for-profit start-up companies as an early stage venture investor.  She also taught skiing with Achieve Tahoe at Alpine Meadows for 10 winters. TTCF is happy to have Hannah’s knowledge applied as the Chair of the TTCF Investment Committee.






Kristin York

Kristin is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked in corporate restructuring and turnarounds. She moved to Truckee with her family in 2001. She is an avid backcountry skier, trail runner, and mountain biker. Kristin is the Business Innovation Director for Sierra Business Council and a Professor of Sustainable Business at Presidio Graduate School. She’s also an elected official on the Board of TDRPD, serves on the Tahoe Food Hub board, as well as a California task force to democratize capital through impact investing. She is excited to help TTCF create a community impact investment model that catalyzes opportunities to develop projects and entrepreneurial ventures.