ERICA PIONKE

ABOUT ME

I live in Sparks, Nevada (Reno’s neighbor) with my partner of ten years, Debbie. We love to camp and be outdoors and spend time with friends. I have taken up skiing and paddleboarding since moving here, and have deepened my love of snowboarding and hiking in the last two years.

I also started business classes at the University of Nevada, Reno, which lead me to start this website.

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, went to College at the University of Illinois in Champaign where I studied Spanish and drinking, and then moved back north to the city of Chicago after graduation.

In Chicago, I attended law school and focused on real estate and zoning law. I have practiced real estate, zoning and land use law, and was a real estate broker.  I wrote for a Chicago on-line magazine focused on up-and-coming high-rise construction.

I came out to my family in 2010, just before I started working for the government and moved to Rawlins, Wyoming. From there, I moved to Las Vegas where I met Debbie. I moved a few years later to Washington, D.C.

The government moved me one last time, just before COVID-19, and I currently work for the government headquarters office remotely from Reno, Nevada as a Realty Specialist, leading the Transmission and Energy Corridor program.  I explore how space and environment can be used to the greatest benefit for all.

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I am starting to venture out and learn more about the LGBTQ community in Reno and I hope to bring my readers along with me on this journey. I plan to visit LGBTQ spaces and innovative events, as well as the classic LGBTQ get-togethers that Reno and Northern Nevada have to offer.