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Commission Members

The Equal Rights Commission Board Members

The Equal Rights Commission is led by administrator, Kara Jenkins. Similar to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), NERC is also comprised of an appointed board which includes five members who represent the community. The current membership includes:

Andre Martin, Chair

Andre Martin lives by the belief that every community deserves to have an activist, civil rights champion, and ally to fight for equal rights for all. Martin is heavily involved in grassroots community work that has allowed him to understand the issues the Las Vegas community faces on an extensive level.

Martin grew up in Jefferson City, Missouri and first became involved in community work by volunteering with the Kansas City Free Health Clinic in 2013. He worked with individuals who suffered from diabetes, and piloted a Community Health Worker program in Kansas City. The pilot program was a success and has now expanded to several locations, such as doctors’ offices, hospitals, and social service settings.

Martin moved to Las Vegas, NV where he specializes in community work. Martin serves as the Membership Outreach Co-Chair for the Las Vegas Chapter of the Human Rights Campaign, and in this role, works to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and fights for a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. Furthermore, Martin was formerly a Care Coordinator with The LGBTQ Center in Las Vegas where he created its Linkage to Care Project, which focuses on working with individuals who battle substance misuse and oftentimes suffering from mental health issues.

Martin is the President and Co-Founder of Brothers with Purpose, a 501c3 non-profit organization that is a collective of Black and Brown men united to form a premiere organization for any and all communities. Brother with Purpose Educate, Elevate and Inspire the Las Vegas community by providing service while leading with integrity and humanism.

Martin is currently an Early Childhood Community Health Project Manager for the Nevada non-profit organization The Children’s Cabinet, where he works directly with Child Care Providers and families to address social disparities while building health and wellness, specifically in underserved communities.

Martin studied psychology at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, and has received a certification from the College of Southern Nevada Community Health Worker program. He has mastered topics such as addressing social disparities, connecting individuals to community resources, addressing cultural competency and trauma informed care, and mental health issues.

Ms. Young is a mother of two beautiful children, KaPreace (22, UNR Graduate) and Anthony (18, HS Senior).  She is an advocate for families, community, young women, and education.  As a resident of the Reno/Sparks community for over 25 years, she has been a spokesperson for the community, diversity and equitable practices, student achievement, and community and economic development.  She is a public speaker, trainer, workshop facilitator and community collaborator at heart.

Ms. Young is currently working for the Washoe County School District (WCSD) as the Coordinator of Equity and Diversity.  Her work is within systems to support and clarify the role of Equity and cultural competency interwoven into all schools, departments, and systems. Ms. Young leads work around programs and policies that must addressed through an equitable and culturally responsive lens, as well as creating and facilitating professional learning around Equity and Cultural Competency.  Ms. Young owns her own consulting business, Tiffany Young Consulting LLC, and has previously contracted with the State of Nevada on various contracts, managing the statewide Nonprofit Association for Head Start, local nonprofit associations, and providing nonprofit board development, grant writing, and Strategic Planning.

Ms. Young holds a M. Ed. and B.A. from the University of Nevada Reno where she is also an Adjunct Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department. Ms. Young has served the WCSD Parent Involvement Committee as a member chair. Ms. Young has been a Commissioner for the Nevada Equal Rights (NERC) Commission since January 2006, and has participated as a Peer Mentor for the Department of Justice Community Capacity Development Office (formerly the Executive Office for Weed and Seed).  She has served as the M.C. for the Northern Nev. Human Resources Assoc. Conference in addition to facilitating workshops on Diversity, and Community Involvement.  She is the current President of the N. Nv. Black Cultural Awareness Society. She previously served as a Board Member for Join Together Northern Nevada (a drug prevention coalition), the Impartial Policing Advisory Committee, and the Human Services Network.  She was awarded the Education Service Award by the African American Clergy Council of Northern Nevada (AACCONN), and was appointed to the Commission on Minority Affairs from 2013 to 2014. Awarded a Community Service Award by the local chapter of the Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, and served as the Keynote speaker for the National Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club conference held in Reno in 2012.

Tiffany Young, Secretary

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Stewart Chang

Stewart Chang is Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. Prior to joining Boyd in 2018, he was Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at Whittier Law School, and before becoming a professor, he practiced public interest law for over a decade with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California where he specialized in domestic violence, immigration, and family law. He earned his bachelor's degree from UCLA, his master's degree from Stanford University, his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and his doctorate from UC Irvine.

Jocelyn Cortez is an immigration attorney at GWP Immigration Law. She has been a proud Nevadan for most of her life, moving to Las Vegas with her parents as an infant. Born in El Salvador during the start of a violent civil war her family made the difficult choice to create a new home in southern Nevada. Many years later, Jocelyn earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from UNLV and her law degree from the University of Arizona. During her time as a law student, Jocelyn was a member of the Arizona Law Review and a student-attorney at the law school’s immigration clinic, a program that permits law students to represent people in immigration court.

After law school, Jocelyn returned to Nevada to pursue a practice rooted in social justice. For almost 5 years, she represented employees in employment discrimination matters ranging from sexual harassment to discrimination based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and disability in state and federal court as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and NERC.

In 2011 Jocelyn focused her practice on immigration law, drawing on her family’s experience navigating complex legal processes she began to represent immigrants in their own pursuit of the American Dream. Currently, Jocelyn represents clients from all over the world in obtaining U.S. citizenship, visas, and protection from deportation based on humanitarian reasons like being victims of domestic violence or crime. She has assisted hundreds of Dreamers apply for DACA.

In addition to her practice and advocacy, she is active in her community. For many years, Jocelyn has given presentations at legal workshops to demystify immigration law for the public and helped in citizenship and DACA application drives. She has also been a frequent commentator on various types of media regarding recent developments in immigration law. Jocelyn is the Board Secretary for Dream Big Nevada, a non-profit dedicated to advocating for immigrant rights and serves as an attorney consultant for the Mexican Consulate. She is also a member and past-president of the Nevada Latino Bar Association and a member of the Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys.

In her spare time, Jocelyn enjoys exploring the world through travel and food and sharing her love of books with her two children and husband.

Jocelyn

Jocelyn Cortez