About Us

The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) was founded in 1994 to bring together diverse and potentially competing organizations into one cohesive force for social and environmental justice in Nevada. Since 1994, our organization has grown from 12 original founding member groups to a current membership of nearly 30 organizations. PLAN is recognized by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

PLAN’s Executive Board and Staff

 

 

Executive Board

  • Raquel Cruz Juarez
  • Bethany Khan
  • Erika Washington
  • Ruben Murillo
  • Courtney Errington
  • Susan Chandler
  • Patricia Gallimore

Northern Nevada Staff

  • Bob Fulkerson, Co-founder, Director Emerita, and Development Director
  • Jan Gilbert, Co-founder and Director Emerita
  • Rosa Molina, Administrator, Immigration Services Director
  • Christine Saunders, Policy Director
  • Lydia Lopez, Operations Manager
  • Beverly Harry, Native Community Organizer
  • Ian Bigley, Mining Justice Organizer

Southern Nevada Staff

  • Laura Martin, Executive Director
  • Amanda Khan, Programs Manager
  • Erika Castro, Organizing Manager
  • Leslie Turner, Decarceration Organizer
  • Briceida Castro, Economic Justice Organizer

Laura Martin

 

EXECUTIVE 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.

Amanda Khan

 

PROGRAMS DIRECTOR

 

Amanda started with us as the Economic Justice Organizer, where she spent 2017 fighting the ACA repeal attempts. As the State Field Director, Amanda is working to transform power within disenfranchised communities. Amanda has a passion for immigration, 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.

Rosa Molina

 

ADMINISTRATOR, IMMIGRATION SERVICES DIRECTOR

 

Rosa Molina is PLAN’s Immigration Services Director for Northern Nevada. She joined PLAN in 1998 as Financial Administrator and in July 2012, she spearheaded PLAN’s Citizenship and Immigration Program. She has 18 years of experience in immigration law. From 2005 to 2008, she acquired partial accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals. In 2008, the BIA granted her full accreditation. This privilege allows her to provide court representation for clients in deportation proceedings, as well as representation in other proceedings, such as family petitions, adjustment interviews, etc. Rosa has helped hundreds of immigrants in our community by assisting them in several ways, from helping those who qualify to obtain work permits to helping many achieve their American dream of becoming U.S. citizens.
Rosa holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Education from the National University of El Salvador.

For immigration service assistance and contact information, please visit the PLAN Citizenship & Immigration Program website.

Leslie Turner

 

DECARCERATION ORGANIZER

 

Leslie is a California native, but has lived in Nevada on and off since 2007 when she made her way back to the Valley to complete studies in criminal justice and sociology at UNLV. She brings over 15 years of experience working with adults, youth, and families who have been directly impacted by systematic racism on various levels. She most recently was working in a local juvenile detention center, assisting young people and their families break free from cycles of incarceration. Leslie is passionate about ending mass incarceration and the school to prison pipeline. It is with that enthusiasm that she began working for PLAN as the senior organizer for the Decarceration Project. Leslie spends her time away from organizing, chasing after her energetic 2 year old son, Nasir.

Briceida Castro

 

ECONOMIC JUSTICE ORGANIZER

 

Briceida was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. Her passion for serving the community began as a child as she was inspired to become a Police Officer. Her worries about her family’s future and loved ones amplified after the 2016 elections. Briceida knew it was time for her to protect and serve her community in a greater presence. She began attending numerous local events to stay informed on current immigration issues and started volunteering with PLAN and soon after became a canvasser.

Christine Saunders

 

POLICY DIRECTOR

 

Christine joined the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada in 2018 after having moved from Portland, OR. There she worked to organize the Fair Shot for All Coalition’s successful legislative campaigns including statewide paid sick days, an increase in the minimum wage, reproductive health equity, ban the box, and healthcare coverage for all undocumented children. Christine also has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver and spent time advocating on behalf of policies that support working women while a student. She has had a passion for economic, racial, and gender justice since her first rallies and lobby visits in Oregon at age sixteen. When not working Christine can be found spending time with her partner and pet rabbits.

Bob Fulkerson

 

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

 

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.

Erika Castro

 

ORGANIZING MANAGER

 

Erika started volunteering with PLAN to help fight for immigration reform. She became a staff member in 2015 as a mining justice organizer. She recently took over the immigrant rights organizing responsibilities and leads the Nevada Immigrant Coalition. Erika is a graduate from the College of Southern Nevada and currently attends the University of Nevada Las Vegas to obtain her Bachelors in Social Work. When she isn’t fighting for all the things that put People and Planet First, you can find her having brunch with friends or on a hike enjoying the outdoors.

Beverly Harry

 

NATIVE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

 

Beverly Harry is a member of the Navajo Tribe within the Four Corners Region. She began working with Plan in 2016 during the election and had served as volunteer to PLAN events. Although working in organizing, her knowledge and work with water quality and fisheries management are also her passion. Beverly works with the 27 member tribes to assist in voter outreach and tribal empowerment projects.

Ian Bigley

 

MINING ORGANIZER

 

Ian is a recent graduate of UNR’s Cultural Anthropology program, and is a lifelong resident of Reno, NV. He is working as PLAN’s Mining Justice Organizer to hold extraction companies accountable for their impacts to communities, and to change policies which result in indigenous, rural, and low income communities being disproportionately impacted by polluted air, water, and land.

Champagne Clark

 

OFFICE ORGANIZER

 

Asha-Champagne Clark was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Champagne started with PLAN as a paid canvasser during the 2018 elections before becoming an organizer. She has spent her time at PLAN focusing on grassroots organizing for criminal justice reform as a directly impacted and formerly incarcerated community member. While her passion is deeply rooted in criminal justice reform she is currently full-time as office administrator. In her spare time she loves to sing, play volleyball, and spend time with her many newphews and neices that she loves deeply.