bringing you THE MOST innovative policy solutions from around the country.

Young Wonks is hosted by Erik Jimenez and Courtney McKimmey, who are both based in Reno, Nevada. The two decided to start this podcast when they decided their that their coffee shop conversations about changing the world could be of more use millennial changemakers. You'll find the Young Wonks focused on highlighting cool programs that state and local governments are doing around the country for a variety of policy issues. If you have any suggestions or wish to be a featured guest, please contact them here.


Courtney McKimmey


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Courtney is a native Nevadan, having been born in Las Vegas, growing up in Gardnerville, and then attending the University of Nevada, Reno. Over the past few years, she has worked with a variety of small businesses, start-up companies, and political campaigns. Courtney is passionate about finding solutions to societal issues at the intersection of government and business organizations. 

She is also an avid traveler, having been to countries in South America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. She was even interviewed by the Associated Press in Greece about a strike among the garbage collectors.

Courtney currently serves on the Access Advisory Committee for the City of Reno, and is very active in pushing for environmental policy reforms with the Sierra Club Toiyabe Chapter. In her free time, Courtney runs obstacle course races, organizes a networking group for young professional women, and watches a lot of documentaries. Courtney also is an amateur photographer and has a penchant for sunglasses.


Erik Jimenez



Erik is a native of Las Vegas, and a self-described "political junkie." After moving to Reno, Erik successfully completed both his Bachelors degree in political science and a masters degree in public administration and policy from University of Nevada Reno. Through his advocacy work in the Nevada legislature since 2013, Erik has been at the forefront of many important issues such as healthcare, gaming, technology, and transportation.

Erik currently serves as the Chairman of Access Advisory Commission for the City of Reno, on the board of United Cerebral Palsy of Nevada, and on the legislative committee for the Nevada Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities.

In his spare time, Erik enjoys reading everything possible and promoting change in his local community. Last year, Erik received the Twenty Under 40 award from the Reno Tahoe Young Professionals Network, making him one of the youngest people to ever receive the award.