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Bob Fulkerson, State Director and co-founder of PLAN
He 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.
Laura Martin, Associate Director
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 Shinn, Policy Director
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.
Rosa Molina, 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.
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Ellen Moore, Organizing Director – Environmental Justice
Ellen joined PLAN after nearly a decade of human rights and solidarity work in Central America, her most recent position with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala. Ellen worked with Guatemalan communities defending their land and livelihoods from transnational mining corporations. Ellen is a Wisconsin native who earned her undergraduate degree in Minnesota and her master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University.
Nathaniel Phillipps, Organizing Director – Racial and Economic Justice
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nathaniel has been deeply involved in Nevada’s social justice movement. He first got involved with PLAN through TRENDz (now the Nevada Youth Network) and ran two cycles of PLAN’s voter registration and GOTV efforts on college campuses in Southern Nevada. He is a recent graduate of New York University’s New School and returned to Nevada, this time in Reno, as Field Director for PLAN Action where he helped lead efforts to engage Latinos, immigrants, and voters of color. He is a member of Black Youth Project 100.
Dulce Valencia, 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 led PLAN’s voter registration and GOTV efforts and helped with immigration and naturalization organizing. 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.
Monique Normand, Organizer – PLAN Member Groups and Civic Engagement
Another Las Vegas native, Monique currently lives in Reno while she completes her masters degree in Social Work studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. While in Reno, has worked with children in pre-K and kindergarten programs. Monique’s undergraduate degree is in English with an emphasis is writing, and a minor in Ethnic Minority Studies. She will graduate with her MSW in the spring of 2017.
Karla Rodriguez, Organizer – Citizenship, and immigration services
As an undocumented youth, Karla came to PLAN as a volunteer wanting to advocate for students like herself who were trying to pass the DREAM Act and immigration reform. Karla now works with Rosa to lead PLAN’s naturalization and immigrant services organizing in Southern Nevada. She is working toward her Bureau Immigration Appeals accreditation so she can assist with document preparation. Karla has a degree from the College of Southern Nevada, and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Nevada State College. In her free time Karla enjoys Dr. Who, K-pop, and spending time with her family.
Erika Castro, Organizer – Immigration and Environmental Justice, Southern Nevada
Like Karla, Erika started volunteering with PLAN to help fight for immigration reform. She became a staff member in 2015 and is part of the environmental justice, and immigration teams. Erika is also a student at the College of Southern Nevada. She is one of the co-founders of Dream Big Vegas, an organization for undocumented youth.
Escenthio “Thio” Marigny Jr., Organizer – Student Organizing and 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.