Bob has worked as Executive Director of Citizen Alert, a statewide grassroots environmental 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 board of High Country News and the advisory board of The Note Ables, a performing arts group for people with disabilities. 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, folk music and all aspects of nature in the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada.
A graduate of Colorado State University (Media Studies major, African American Studies minor), Laura has a strong background in organizing with an emphasis on social justice and anti-racism. Laura moved to Las Vegas in 2007 from her hometown of Colorado Springs to organize with SEIU Local 1107. After working for University of Nevada Las Vegas and Americans for Democratic Action, Laura joined PLAN as an organizer, then Communications Director, and now serves as the Associate Director. She is a proud member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Las Vegas chapter, board member of Nevada’s chapter of the Sierra Club, and board member of the Western States Center. She represents PLAN on the board of People’s Action, a national coalition of progressive organizations representing 40 states.
Stacey got her start with PLAN as a Master of Social Work intern in 2011 where she worked with PLAN co-founder Jan Gilbert at the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, and headed up our mining accountability work in Northern Nevada. Stacey graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with her Masters of Social Work. She is adjunct professor of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Administrator, Immigration Services Director
Rosa was the Latino for Political Empowerment Director in 1997 and moved to PLAN in April 1998. She was a school teacher in El Salvador for 13 years before coming to the United States as a political refugee. She attended the National University of El Salvador and got her Master’s Degree in Education. Rosa runs PLAN’s citizenship office in Reno, and was awarded Social Justice Hero award by the Human Services Network for her efforts to support and empower Northern Nevada’s immigrant community.
For immigration service help please the PLAN Citizenship & Immigration Program website for contact information.
Senior Organizer, Immigration (Southern Nevada)
Erika started volunteering with PLAN to help fight for immigration reform. She became a staff member in 2015 and recently took over the immigrant organizing responsibilities after being part of the environmental justice team. Erika is a student at the College of Southern Nevada and is one of the co-founders of Dream Big Vegas, an organization for undocumented youth.
Organizing Director, Civic Engagement
At 17 years old, Dulce got her start with PLAN as a high school intern. She became a lead activist fighting for immigration reform, reproductive justice, and civic engagement for PLAN and PLAN member groups. Dulce was officially hired as a PLAN organizer after receiving a work permit in 2015. She leads PLAN’s voter registration and GOTV efforts to ensure PLANistas are engaged year round and are ready to vote in every election. Currently, Dulce is a student at the College of Southern Nevada and in her free time enjoys pursuing creative outlets centered around the performing arts which include writing and performing a rap about the history of PLAN.
Organizer, Economic Justice (Southern Nevada)
Amanda recently moved to Nevada from Minnesota. She brings to PLAN a strong background in human services and economic assistance programs. Amanda has a passion for immigration, and women’s rights, and is a child of formerly undocumented parents, and has a family member directly impacted by the current administration’s deportation policies. In her free time, Amanda is the food writer for the online publication BrownGirl Magazine, and also has a personal blog where she writes about curry, and aunties with a political flare.
Escenthio "Thio" Marigny Jr.
Organizer, Student Organizing & Environmental Justice (Northern Nevada)
Thio attends the University of Nevada, Reno where he is majoring in Women’s Studies. He started organizing in his hometown of Oakland, CA around issues ranging from education to anti-war. Thio is the president of the Reno Justice Coalition, a student group at the University of Nevada, Reno dedicated to challenging and dismantling structural oppression.
Social Work Intern
Mahalia is currently a senior in the Social Work program at UNR. Last year she canvassed for the 2016 Presidential Election. She is interested in immigration, environmental justice, and civic engagement.
Southern Nevada Environmental Justice Fellow
Kimberly is studying Political Science at CSN/UNLV. Her interests include environmental justice, social justice, LGBT+ rights, and Latinx civic engagement.
Ian is currently a senior at UNR studying cultural anthropology. He is working on environmental justice with PLAN and Great Basin Resource Watch.
Organizing Director, Environmental Justice
Manny is a product of Northern Nevada – culturally and educationally with influences from Mexico and the various places he’s had the opportunity to travel in our incredible world. He’s a first generation American with deep, family roots in both Mexico and Nevada, which in large part has shaped his stewardship lens of our local community and planet as-a-whole. He’s been a supporter and admirer of the PLAN staff and the work they’ve done over the years with a People & Planet first approach. Couple this with his seasoned, professional experience, he is very excited to be in the Environmental Justice and intersectional trenches with PLAN, the community and cross-functional partners.