Bob Fulkerson is the State Director and co-founder of PLAN. He worked as Executive Director of Citizen Alert, a statewide grassroots watchdog organization, from 1984 to 1994. He has also served as adjunct faculty at the UNR School of Social Work, teaching classes on oppression and privilege. A fifth-generation Nevadan, Bob was on the staff of Senator Paul Laxalt while attending George Washington University. Bob serves on the boards of ProgressNow Nevada, High Country News and The Note Ables, a performing arts group for the disabled. He is a 2006-7 fellow in the Rockwood Leadership Program’s yearlong National Fellowship for Transformative Leadership in the nonprofit sector, and a recipient of the “Leadership for A Changing World” Award from the Ford Foundation. Bob received the Arcus Social Justice Leadership Fellowship at Kalamazoo College in 2011. In addition to his work, Bob’s premier loves are his life partner and family, teaching yoga, and all aspects of nature in the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada.
Jan Gilbert is also a cofounder of PLAN and has lived in Nevada since 1982. She retired from PLAN in 2012 and now serves as Northern Nevada director emerita. A teacher by training, she was responsible for the majority of PLAN’s lobbying efforts at the state Legislature, where she has forged invaluable relationships over the past 18 years. Jan’s areas of expertise include a range of social and economic justice issues. She was also the staff leader on PLAN’s Racial Equity Report Card.
Rosa Molina was a school teacher in El Salvador for 13 years before coming the US. She attended the National University of El Salvador and received her Masters degree in Education. Rosa served as the Director for Latinos for Political Empowerment in 1997 and began work with with PLAN in 1998. She started the Citizenship Program for PLAN in 2001, and teaches citizenship classes and educates Latino immigrants on the political process via education and GOTV efforts.
Mario dela Rosa is part of our Civic Engagement team in Northern Nevada, registering young people and Latinos to vote. Mario also does immigration advocacy and organizing and serves as a coordinator for the Nevada Immigrant Coalition. Outside of PLAN Mario is a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and is editor of the Spanish-language news paper ‘Ahora Latino Journal’.
Stacey Shinn, Jan Gilbert Social Justice Fellow at PLAN. Stacey started with PLAN as a Master of Social Work intern, working with Jan Gilbert at the legislature and heading up our mining accountability work in Northern Nevada. Stacey recently graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with her MSW in social work and in June of 2012 she will start as a PLAN employee taking over Jan’s legislative duties.
Elvira Diaz got her start community organizing in the Catholic Church, and she is still a leader in the faith community of Northern Nevada. She came to PLAN in 2010 to do health care organizing and also began doing outreach and advocacy into the LGBTQ community as well as voter registration with Latino communities. Elvira was recently honored by the White House as a Cesar Chavez ‘Champion of Change’ for her organizing efforts.
Southern Nevada Team
Michael Ginsburg is PLAN’s Southern Nevada Director. A Nevada resident since 1976, Michael lives in Henderson with Tod, his partner of nearly two decades. A scientist by training, his primary organizing areas at PLAN include health care, social justice for gender and sexual minorities, and economic justice. Michael brings more than two decades of experience in management, organizing and education activities. Michael also sits on the board of PLAN Action, our c4-affiliated organization.
Howard Watts III is PLAN’s Field Director. Starting with PLAN in 2008 on a 6-month Generation Change Fellowship, he brings years of organizing, outreach, and public education experience to PLAN. A Vegas native and UNLV graduate, Howard coordinates PLAN’s civic engagement, leadership development and youth programs. He has worked his entire adult life in volunteering and helping others, and currently serves on the boards of GLSEN Southern Nevada and the Pushback Network.
Laura Martin is a graduate of Colorado State University with a strong background in social justice issues and community organizing, having organized health care voters for SEIU, working families for Americans for Democratic Action and worked for UNLV’s Child Development Program in West Las Vegas. Laura is a Green for All fellow and Truman Project partner. Laura’s areas of expertise include health care, environmental justice and racial equity. Laura is also the southern Nevada staff lead for PLAN’s mining accountability work.
Christopher Preciado is PLAN’s newest Southern Nevada organizer. Chris has been a resident of Las Vegas since he was 5 years old and began organizing when he was a freshman in high school. Chris heads PLAN’s Uniting Communities program, working with Nevada’s LGBTQ leaders to find common ground between various intersecting identities (race, citizenship, gender) and the social justice movement in Nevada. Chris also enjoys doing photography and graphic design as a hobby and looks forward to showcasing his work at PLAN through a creative lens.