For Jeff Rodefer public service has been a way of life from an early age. His father was a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agent in Northern Nevada, his mother also served with the FBI and Jeff served with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office for 13 years.
His parents met in Portland, Oregon while they were both working for the FBI. Following his parents’ marriage in 1962, Jeff’s mom left the FBI and his dad was transferred to Santa Fe, New Mexico where Jeff was born in 1963. He subsequently moved every few years. Jeff’s sister, Terri, was born in Reno and is the only “native Nevadan” in his family. In 1970, Jeff’s father was transferred again to open an office in Carson City.
“On Christmas Eve of 1971, our home burned down due to an electrical wiring issue,” remembered Jeff. “As a result, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover called my parents and offered for my dad to stay in Carson City until his retirement in December 1984.”
Growing up in Carson City, Jeff and his sister were active in sports. “My sister was a ranked barrel racer and I played football, baseball and skied,” said Jeff.
Following his graduation from Carson High School, Jeff attended the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) earning a bachelor of science degree and after he graduated from law school, returned to Carson City. In 1989, Jeff began his 13-year tenure in the Nevada Attorney General’s Office where he spent eight years as counsel to the State Gaming Control Board and Nevada Gaming Commission; last holding the position of Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General.
In 2002, he was recruited by Boyd Gaming Corporation; where he last held the position of Vice President of Legal Affairs, Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Compliance Officer. Earlier this year, Jeff joined Golden Gaming, LLC as its General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.
“My typical day is never typical and always changing, challenging and interesting,” said Jeff. “The position is rewarding and the company, under the leadership of its owner and CEO, Blake Sartini, provides a very professional environment that values the input of its team members.”
Since 2002, Jeff has been a “Leadership Giver” to the United Way specifically to help benefit cancer and Parkinson’s related programs.
“My mother was diagnosed several years ago with Parkinson’s and eradicating this disease has become personal cause for our family and me,” said Jeff.
In 1993, the Nevada Supreme Court appointed Jeff as one of the original seven members of the State Bar of Nevada’s Functional Equivalency Committee where he serves as Vice Chairman. Jeff serves as the Chairman of the Gaming Law Section’s Executive Committee and in 2012, the University Board of Regents appointed Jeff to serve on the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Foundation’s Board of Trustees. In addition to being a member of the State Bar of Nevada, Jeff is also a member of the State Bars of California, Colorado and Oregon; and he established the “Jeffrey R. Rodefer Family Endowment” for the College of Business at UNR.