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Special District

North Tahoe Public Utility DistrictCandidate for Director

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Sarah Coolidge

Business Consultant
1,348 votes (31.44%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • As a new Board member, I will primarily focus my energies on creating sustainable solutions for the budget challenges that our Recreation Department faces. North Tahoe deserves a stable and strong Recreation Department serving all residents.
  • I will support our stable water and sewer departments and monitor their financial needs as infrastructure is replaced and modernized.
  • I will collaborate with all of our area agencies and residents to encourage viable options to address our region's many challenges. I seek to ensure an environmentally sound and prosperous future for our region.



Profession:Business Consultant
President & CEO, Coolidge Consulting (2014–current)
Client Services Program Specialist II, Placer County (2001–2014)
Acting Executive Director, North Tahoe Family Resource Center (2005–2008)


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Post-Graduate Certificate Program Training and Development in Business and Industry, Designing and implementing effective curriculum for adult education in business. Strategic Planning. (current)
University of Wisconsin, Madison Master fo Arts, Journalism, Photojournalism, Science Writing (current)
University of Wisconsin, Madison Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Biology (current)

Community Activities

Leadership Team, Queen of Hearts Women's Fund - Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (2014–current)
Volunteer Instructor, Positive Karate USA (2012–2015)
Professional Development Chair, American Business Women's Association (2013–2014)

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (1)

  • Randy Hill

Individuals (9)

  • Kara Fox
  • Joy Doyle
  • Rick Stephens
  • Sandy Hall
  • Ernie Dambach
  • Alex Mourelatos
  • Teresa O'dette
  • Alex Brambila
  • David Ferrari

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

The race for the North Tahoe Public Utility District Board of Directors



I am Sarah Coolidge and I’m honored to tell you about my vision for the NTPUD Board of Directors, and why I am seeking office.

When I am elected I will bring a new perspective for North Tahoe… and a new vision for the North Tahoe Public Utility District:

  • A collaborative NTPUD Board that works with all interested parties to ensure the sustainability of water, sewer and recreation

  • An active NTPUD Board that is a vibrant, accessible and relevant seat of local government

  • An interested and engaged customer base who understands where their money is going

  • An NTPUD Board that supports a thriving community NOW while keeping a watchful eye on a healthy North Tahoe environment for the future

  • A Recreation Department that is well on its way to enjoying the same admirable financial stability as its sibling sewer and water departments.

The NTPUD is charged with managing three differing “enterprise zones”: sewer treatment, water service and recreational services and facilities. Financially, sewer and water are in admirable condition; the biggest challenge the district faces is long-term funding for recreation. I am deeply concerned about the withering away of recreational services and resources in our district and am eager to bring my skills to bear on reversing this trend.

Our need for effective sewer and water service is clearly understandable and the impact we would feel if these services disappeared is easy to imagine. However, the true foundation of our community and economy is the wealth of recreational opportunities afforded to us by Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierras. It is these recreational opportunities that bring people to our community, and without them, there is no real need for the supporting services. It is imperative that our local government keep the strength and stability of our recreational resources in mind at all times.

Now is the time to turn our collective attention into turning the NTPUD Recreation Department into a stable profit center so that we can protect this foundational interest for our community and local economy. There is no reason we cannot accomplish this if we take a collaborative, transparent and proactive approach.

For over twenty years I have been living, working and raising my children North Tahoe. My education and years of working experience in Business and Community Development will demonstrate my qualifications for a seat on the NTPUD’s Board, and my ability to uphold the vision I have outlined. Visit my website,, to learn more.


The NTPUD Board of Directors is our local legislative body and as such must step up to be a collaborative voice for our community in all regional issues.Voting for this Board is your chance to have a voice in the vision and direction of our community at its most local level. Your vote for Sarah Coolidge will support a fiscally sound PUD that provides safe, reliable water and sewer services while championing a sustainable recreation-based community for us all.

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