Site Specific Award: Public Service to the Arts


Chris Giunchigliani is a 39 year resident, middle school special education teacher, who received her masters at UNLV.   She served 16 years as an Assemblywoman.  During her term as a member of the State Assembly, she was Vice Chair of Ways and Means, Chair of Elections and Ethics, Chair of Labor and Management, member of Commerce, Taxation and the Legislative Commission.  While in the legislature, she passed laws to add renewables including straw bale to building codes, passed solar legislation and the “green building” law.  She wrote the finance law and funding to build the Smith Center for Performing Arts.  She is in her third term as a Clark County Commissioner and is Vice Chair of the Board of County Commissioners.

She currently serves as a member on the Regional Transportation Commission, Southern Nevada Health District, Regional Flood Control District, Clark County Water Reclamation, Las Vegas Valley Water District, Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition, Chair of Southern Nevada Strong, Vice Chair of iMPACT NV (formerly Green Chips) and was appointed as a member of the Nevada Commission on Aging by Governor Sandoval.

Chris also formed the Maryland Parkway Coalition, made up of local businesses on Maryland Parkway and UNLV.  These business men and women, along with community partners from the area, will be helpful in providing insight on the light rail, public arts, retail uses and on other economic issues in the area.  She chairs the Education Committee for After School All Stars and is an executive board member as well.

Chris is recently widowed, but she and her husband hiked, read, cooked and traveled all seven continents and she has been to over 85 countries.  Otis “The Potus” their English rescue bulldog is the other family member.