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The Discovery’s board of directors is full of dedicated people who help the museum reach new heights year after year. And with each new member, new ideas are formulated to help continue that upward trajectory. Enter Stephanie Augdahl, one of The Discovery’s newest board members who, after serving on the development committee since 2018, joined the board of directors in June of 2023.
Stephanie is dedicated to her career in public service and serving others, and, after being away from the Reno area for 10 years, returned and found herself in the position of Senior Specialist in the Equal Opportunity and Title IX office at the University of Nevada, Reno handling matters involving discrimination and sexual misconduct. After maintaining this position at UNR for several years, she recently found herself a new opportunity as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Education – Office of Civil Rights where she serves as a legal and policy attorney advisor on various issues related to civil rights complaints and compliance with federal regulations. In addition to this, Stephanie will also be responsible for making civil rights compliance determinations and enforcement of federal regulations and policies. Over the course of her career, Stephanie has handled several complex, high-profile cases, and investigated all allegations reported to external agencies, including the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Office of Civil Rights.
Stephanie has also managed to balance her stellar career in the legal field with a truly impressive side hustle, a restaurant and hard cider company in Liberty Lake, Washington called Trailbreaker Cider. Co-owning alongside her husband, sister, and brother-in-law, Stephanie’s cider company is branching out from the Pacific Northwest and now distributing right here in Reno!
Outside of her impressive resume in the professional sphere, Stephanie enjoys spending time outdoors and participating in a plethora of activities like hiking, skiing, camping, and fishing. She and her husband also enjoy spending time at The Discovery with their two daughters and watching them learn and take in new experiences.
As for her future endeavors with the museum, Stephanie is committed to giving back to the community by ensuring that The Discovery remains the place to explore and experience science, being most excited about The Discovery’s outreach to rural communities and providing exposure to STEM and educational opportunities to communities that do not otherwise have access to science centers.
The Discovery is beholden to board members such as Stephanie Augdahl who care so much about the museum’s mission, and we look forward to her impact as a member of the board of directors.