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Exline and Company Inc. is headquartered in the Tahoe Basin. With over twenty five years of combined planning and permitting experience, Exline and Company Inc. has been the lead planning consultant on residential, commercial and governmental projects throughout the West Coast.

Our Firm

Our commitment to a high level of customer service, significant environmental gain and return on investment will ensure that your project meets the challenges of tomorrow, accelerates the planning/permitting approval timeline and does so with wide community support.

Our employee’s community ethic has them sitting on several boards and commissions. This ethic has led to our Planners being awarded TRPA’s Best in Basin Award.

Nick Exline

Nick Exline is an AICP, Principal Planner. Nick has 20 years of land use planning experience in some of the most beautiful and regulatory challenging places in the western United States. For the last fifteen years, Nick has been the lead land use planning consultant on an array of planning projects in the Tahoe Basin. Nick’s passion for environmentalism has ensured that the land use planning projects he leads achieve both a high return on investment and significant environmental benefits. This ethic has resulted in Nick receiving numerous awards and accolades, including a Tahoe Best in the Basin Award.

Nick’s passion for civic engagement includes being a member of several different boards and committees and to working with many communities to establish their 100% renewable energy goals. In addition to establishing the goals, Nick works with these communities to develop the planning processes needed to ensure that these communities meet their climate objectives.

In today’s world, a successful presentation with a strong public speaker can be the difference between success and failure. As a TEDx alumni, Nick has the speaking and presentation skills needed to make your project a success.

Nick lives in South Lake Tahoe with his wife Kelly and children Callum and Mia.

Boards and Commissions

  • American Planning Association (APA), AICP Member
  • South Tahoe Public Utility District, Board Director
  • South Lake Tahoe 100% Renewable Committee Chairman
  • Tahoe Chamber Government Affairs Committee Member
  • Tahoe Climate Change Action Network Founder
  • LTUSD Sustainability & Renewable Energy Committee
  • Former Tahoe Drug Free Coalition Board Member
  • Tahoe Chamber 40 Under 40

Melissa Bickenbach

Melissa brings over 14 years of land development experience to Exline & Company, Inc. and a decade specializing in the Lake Tahoe area. As a Senior Planner her area of expertise includes lakefront residential estates and shoreline projects.

Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Diego State University, in Public Administration where she focused her studies in City Planning.  Melissa’s planning background includes land use evaluation, feasibility studies, master/community planning, entitlements and permitting of large scale mixed-use, residential, commercial/retail, hospitality and healthcare projects in Southern California and Arizona.  In addition to planning, Melissa has a background in construction management and administration of multi-million dollar custom home projects in Truckee and Lake Tahoe. 

Melissa’s hobbies include gardening, floral arrangement, cooking, photography, collecting vintage treasures and enjoying time with the family at the beach, boating, kayaking on Lake Tahoe and skiing those perfect and uncrowded powder days on the mountain.

Jackson Realo

As an Associate Planner I, Jackson Realo works to develop sustainable land use planning projects from concept to public approval, ensuring high levels of customer satisfaction, community support, and environmental benefits.

Originally from Baltimore, Jackson has lived and worked in the Tahoe region for the past two years. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Biology. Since relocating to the South Lake Tahoe area, Jackson has focused on transitioning into the sustainability and climate planning field. Most recently, his work as a CivicSpark Climate Fellow with the Sierra Nevada Alliance and the City of South Lake Tahoe elevated the City’s energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate planning efforts. Jackson brings this expertise to his planning efforts with Exline & Co.

Jackson lives in South Lake Tahoe, where he enjoys the access to outdoor recreation like skiing, kayaking, hiking, and continuing to foster his relationship with the mountains.


  • South Lake Tahoe 100% Renewable Committee Member
  • Tahoe Climate Change Action Network Member

Andrea Gonzalez

Andrea is a Project Specialist with Exline & Company, Inc, and is a positive team member skilled at moving projects forward. She grew up in rural Nevada frequently visiting Lake Tahoe for any recreational getaways. Andrea is a graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno earning a B.A. in Geography specializing in Environmental Policy & Management. Throughout her academic career, she frequently sought to gain experience and knowledge in planning and development and attained internships with local city governments including the City of Reno. Andrea strives to continue expanding her knowledge within planning and incorporating environmentally-conscious projects.

Andrea enjoys a combination of outdoor recreation which include simple walks and hikes wherever mountains are present, but also enjoys spending time  indoors immersing herself in new media staying current with any new releases in film, music, and video games.

Molly Armanino

Molly is an Assistant Planner II with Exline & Company Inc., and she is instrumental in bringing forward the most successful planning projects on time.  Originally from Placerville, CA Molly has lived in the Tahoe Basin with her dog Chossy for six years. Molly graduated from UC Santa Cruz in Ecology and Evolution. Throughout college, she spent many months assisting with wildlife conservation efforts in California, Costa Rica and Australia. Molly brings her passion for the environment, nature, and wildlife to the frontlines of Exline & Co. Molly has five years of experience in operations and business management in the environmental field.  

Molly also maintains a successful professional skiing career.  Currently ranked second in the nation for free-ride skiing, Molly plans to use her success at skiing to empower her community to assist with the transition to clean energy and climate action.

Jessica Prager

Jessica proudly contributes her experience and professional career in the beautiful Tahoe Basin area as an Assistant Planner at Exline & Company, Inc. 

Offering keen ability in analytical and calculative skills for implementing plans and preparing accurate project reports. 

As a Reno/Sparks native, Jessica is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Science in Geography, specializing in Environmental Policy and Management with a Minor in Business Administration.  From an early age, Jessica has had a strong love and passion for the outdoors enjoying camping, watersports, skiing and time spent with friends and family.  Being an active member of our community and the outdoors, Jessica’s focus is to honor the preservation and protection of the Tahoe Basin area environment.