Northern Nevada Team
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 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 co-founder 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 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 Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts.
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.
Southern Nevada Team
Michael Ginsburg is PLAN’s Special Projects 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 serves on the board of the PLAN Action Fund, the lobbying arm of PLAN.
Laura Martin is PLAN’s communications director. She coordinates and executes the communications plan for the organization and each PLAN program. She is graduate of Colorado State University with a strong background in social and racial justice issues and community organizing, having organized health care voters for SEIU and working families for Americans for Democratic Action. She worked closely with Nevada’s worker poor while with UNLV’s Child Development Program in West Las Vegas. Laura supervises Southern Nevada organizers and assists Stacey with supervision of Social Work interns. For media inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-791-1965 (office)
Christopher Preciado is PLAN’s LGBTQ 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 works with Nevada’s LGBTQ leaders of color to find common ground between various intersecting identities (race, citizenship, gender) and the social justice movement through Nevada’s Uniting Communities program. Chris also enjoys doing photography and graphic design as a hobby and looks forward to showcasing his work at PLAN through a creative lens.
Astrid Silva is PLAN’s immigration organizer. She started at PLAN as a volunteer and transitioned to staff after receiving her Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals work permit. Astrid has been referred to as the “face” of immigration, and Harry Reid’s conscience when it comes to immigration reform. She is a leader among DREAMers in Nevada and is the co-founder of DREAM Big Vegas, a Southern Nevada organization for undocumented youth. Astrid is a graduate of Advance Technologies Academy and holds two associates degrees from the College of Southern Nevada.
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.
Brad Antonio is senior and magnet student at Canyon Springs High School; majoring in Political Leadership along with fellow interns Dulce and Alma. He is the young environmentalist of the three interns’ assigned to research and write about current environmental issues in Las Vegas and seeks simple but effective ways to prevent them in his community. Brad is responsible for photographs and designs profile pictures on the Interns’ social media accounts. Brad is Senior Class President and a member of the We The People Team with fellow intern Dulce.
Dulce Valencia is the immigration reform activist. She has appeared in the local media speaking for her support on the change for those who strive for the pathway to citizenship. Dulce has been with the Southern Nevada team since May of 2013, but officially became an intern in June 2013 with fellow interns, Brad Antonio and Alma Gonzalez. She is responsible for editing and uploading daily vlogs for the intern’s YouTube account. She is the interns’ representative; speaking out and updating people about the interns’ involvement with the organization. Dulce is the Drama Club President at Canyon Springs High School. She is also involved with the We The People Team, Debate Team, Gay Straight Alliance Club (GSA), and Key Club.
Alma Gonzalez is the PLAN Intern’s passionate advocate for LGBTQ rights; expressing her strong desire for equality between all Americans despite their sexual orientation. She contributes a lot of her time partaking in many events and working in the office for PLAN. Alma is the 2013-2014 Vice President of the Gay Straight Alliance Club (GSA) at Canyon Springs High School. This helps her involvement and avocation by attending LGBTQ events, organizing club fundraisers, and promoting the club to help bring new members and improve community involvement.