Cindy Creighton was appointed NTA President in 2017. In her capacity, Creighton manages a member-driven non-profit association dedicated to advocacy for sound fiscal policy research and analysis for Nevada’s taxpayers. Cindy has extensive experience working with public bodies and elected officials. She joined the NTA in 2016 as its Chief Operating Officer, bringing with her more than 14 years of association leadership and executive management experience.
Prior to joining NTA, Cindy served as the Executive Director of the Nevada Subcontractors Association. An experienced association executive, she was responsible for the association’s administration and management, including community and government relations, business development, and business operations.
Cindy maintains active involvement in several community committees and organizations. Currently she serves on the Transportation Resource Advisory Committee, Clark County School District School-Community Partnership Advisory Council, and the McCaw School of Mines Foundation Board of Directors.
She has previously served on the I-11 & Intermountain West Stakeholder Partner Group, the UNLV Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies Roundtable, the Nevada Business & Industry Transition Team, the Class! Publications Board of Directors, and as a Governor’s appointee on the Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics.
Cindy lives in Henderson. Raised in Northern Nevada, she has resided in Southern Nevada since 1996.
Michael Pelham, NTA Director of Government and Community Affairs
Michael Pelham was appointed Director of Government and Community Affairs in November 2017. In his capacity, Michael is responsible for creating policy proposals and to provide research and analysis on issues of concern to government agencies and/or the NTA’s members.
Prior to joining the NTA, Michael was a management analyst for Nevada’s Department of Taxation. Recognized as the subject matter expert in tax distributions and statistics, including Consolidated Tax Distribution, he was responsible for overseeing the distribution of over $6 billion in tax revenue. While working as a tax examiner for Taxation, he was the agency expert on Live Entertainment Tax and Medical Marijuana Tax.
Michael was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a bachelor’s of science in gaming management with a minor in economics in 2008. He is a member of Delta Chi Fraternity (UNLV ’08). Michael traveled abroad and worked several jobs in Sydney Australia to put himself through graduate school including day laborer, dish washer, and bartender. His hard work paid off in 2010 when he graduated from Australian Catholic University in Sydney with his master’s in business administration.
Michael lives in Reno with his wife Jeannie. He enjoys travelling, playing basketball, and spending time in Tahoe.