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Councilor Randall Ryti

Randall Ryti, Chair

Term Ends: 12/31/2022

 Randall was elected to the County Council in the November 2018 general election and elected as Chair in 2021. Randall has lived in Los Alamos since 1992. He came to start a small business, Neptune and Company, with four other scientists. In addition to helping lead a successful small business and raising a family in Los Alamos, Randall has volunteered for community organizations such as the Pajarito Environmental Education Center Board and the Los Alamos County District Science Fair committee. He was a Los Alamos County Transportation Board member from 2012-2016 (Chair from 2014-2016). 
Randall earned a bachelor's degree in biology from University of California Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in biology from University of California San Diego. Before retiring from Neptune and Company in 2018, he worked on basic and applied environmental problems, including ecological and human health risk assessments for the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Hanford Site, and other clients. 

He enjoyed campaigning as a first-time candidate, particularly meeting voters while knocking on doors, and is committed to getting and using community input to help make decisions while on the Council. 

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Councilor James Robinson

James Robinson, Vice-Chair

Term Ends: 12/31/2022
 James was elected to the County Council in the November 2018 general election. He was elected Vice-Chair in 2021. James came to Los Alamos roughly 30 years ago when he was born at Los Alamos Medical Center, and is the third generation of his family to call Los Alamos home. After graduating from Los Alamos High School, James packed his bags and tried a life in Los Angeles. Soon realizing it was not the life for him; James returned to Los Alamos and attended classes at the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos (UNM-LA). While attending classes, James would go on to serve as a member on the Student Government and as president of the local Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. 

In 2009, James began his career at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Student Intern for the Construction Estimating group. Then, in 2011, he graduated from UNM-LA with an Associates of Arts and Science in Pre-Business Administration. He would then move down to Albuquerque to continue his education, however, still working at LANL part time. In 2012, James, along with others, would form Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation to assist wildlife rehabilitators in New Mexico. James would serve as chair of LEWF for the next 6 years. 

In 2013, James graduated from the Anderson School of Business with a Bachelor of Business in Operations Management. Upon graduation, James returned to Los Alamos and became a full time employee at LANL. Looking to give back to his community, James ran for the UNM-LA Advisory Board, assisted in the passage of the UNM-LA Mil Levy, and supported the Recreation Bond. In 2015, the County Council appointed James to the Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB). He would continue to serve on the ESB until his election to the County Council. 

A passionate supporter of wildlife and nature, James championed mitigation efforts to help make Los Alamos a bear-friendly community. Through these efforts, Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation collaborated with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center to bring the first Bear Festival to New Mexico. 

As a member of the Council, James hopes to work on housing, aging infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and tourism and recreation.


Councilor Izraelevitz

David Izraelevitz, Councilor

Term Ends: 12/31/2022
David Izraelevitz was first selected by the Los Alamos County Council to fill the unexpired term of Councilor James Hall, who left his position to be State House District 43 Representative. David was then elected for a full term in the November 2014 elections and re-elected for another full term in the November 2018 election.

David is a first generation American, immigrating to the US at the age of eleven from Uruguay, South America. He moved to Los Alamos in 1995 from Boston with his wife Terry, and his three children Joseph, Jacob and Adam.

David has been involved in many community organizations in Los Alamos, including the Lunch Buddies Program at Barranca Mesa Elementary, the local middle school MathCounts team, the Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund, the J.R. Oppenheimer Memorial Committee, and the local section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has also been very active in the Los Alamos Jewish Center, serving in a variety of board positions, including President for several terms. David was a founding Board member and is current President of the Los Alamos Community Foundation.

He was a member of the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission from 2004-2009, serving as chair 2008-2009, and was a member of the Los Alamos County Charter Review Committee until his appointment to the Los Alamos County Council in July 2011. He was elected Council Chair in January 2017. He is also on the Executive Committee of the New Mexico Municipal League, serving as President for 2018-2019.

David telecommuted the first ten years living in Los Alamos, developing computer algorithms for the U.S. Army and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He joined LANL in 2005, where he recently retired from his position as Research Engineer and Team Leader. He received the B.S. degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the S.M., E.E., and Sc.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

 Councilor Sara Scott

Sara Scott, Councilor

Term Ends: 12/31/2022

 Sara was elected in the November 2018 general election. She served as Chair of the Council in 2019 and was selected by a vote of Council to serve again as Chair in 2020.

Sara has lived in Los Alamos for 30 years - raising children, working at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and volunteering. She values Los Alamos County’s recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities. She also values communication, diversity and transparency in government; her campaign focused on engagement with the community – through knocking on doors, participating in meetings of community organizations, meeting with county staff, and attending local events. These interactions, as well as those during her Council tenure, will help inform her actions on the County Council. 

Sara is retired from a 24-year career at LANL and works as private consultant. At LANL she contributed to a broad range of initiatives through technical and leadership positions in the areas of nuclear energy, nuclear nonproliferation, national security, strategic program development, R&D management, facility development, international engagement and promotion of effective collaborations across multiple disciplines and organizations. She gained leadership experience as a scientist, Division Leader, and Program Director at LANL; responsibilities included budgets of >100M$/year, >400 staff, diverse facility operations, and constructive engagement with federal program leaders. 

Sara received her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State and was a National Science Foundation-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max-Plank-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, where she focused on developing new routes to intermetallic hydrogen storage materials. 

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Councilor Derkacs

Denise Derkacs, Councilor

Term Ends 12/31/2024

Denise was elected to the County Council in the November 2020 general election. Prior to her election, she served on the Community Development Advisory Board from its formation in 2018 to 2020.

Denise is retired from a 20-year career at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she served as Chief of Staff to senior-level management and was involved in all aspects of programmatic and operational initiatives. She previously worked as a technical writer and as a journalist at newspapers in Texas, Iowa, and Hawaii. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Organizational Communication from the University of New Mexico.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Denise and her husband have lived in 10 states and settled in New Mexico in 1982. Together they raised their three sons here in Los Alamos County.

As a member of the Council, Denise hopes to advance County efforts in three key areas: housing development to address the need for low- and middle-income housing, commercial sustainability to enable small businesses to thrive, and community services to support growth and preserve quality of life.

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Councilor Reagor

David Reagor, Councilor

Term Ends 12/31/2024
 David Reagor was elected to the Council in the November 2020 election. He previously spent 32 years as a postdoctoral fellow and staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  During that time he participated in the Parks and Recreation Board and was also on the Canyon Vista Pool board.  During his career at the laboratory David primarily worked with industrial partners on applied projects that led to patents and commercial licenses.

David entered politics to improve the environment for small businesses and to develop the economic potential of the community.  The quality of life in our small town is often dependent on the success of local health care providers and small vendors such as restaurants.  The primary responsibility of the county is to ensure that these businesses can thrive and continue to provide their services to the public.

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 Councilor Williams

Sean Williams, Councilor

Term Ends: 12/31/2024

 Sean came to Los Alamos as a summer student at LANL, and moved here full-time in 2008. He holds a BS from Arizona State University and a PhD from the University of California, Davis, both in computer science. He's since left the lab and nowadays supports his husband in running Automotive Professionals, focusing on "back-end" issues like accounting, taxes, and benefits. He's also a licensed real estate broker with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. Before joining the County Council, he served as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

His main goal on Council is to support the local business community and revitalize the downtowns, but those issues dovetail with many others, especially workforce housing.

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