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The Equal Rights Commission Board Members

The Equal Rights Commission is a division of the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, and is headed by administrator,  Kara Jenkins. The commission is guided by a governor-appointed board which includes five members who represent the community and businesses. The current membership includes:

Tiffany Young
Tiffany YoungMs. Young is a mother of two beautiful children, KaPreace (18) and Anthony (14).  She is an advocate for families, community, young women, and education.  As a resident of the Reno/Sparks community for over 20 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.  She and her family have been members of the Encounter Church since its inception in October of 2006 as Tower of Salvation.  In addition to being a member of the church, she has served as the church Chair for the Board of Directors, Business Manager, assists with outreach, and worked with building the church non-profit.

Ms. Young is currently working for the Washoe County School District (WCSD) as the Coordinator of Equity and Diversity.  Her role is to work within systems to support and clarify the role of cultural competency interwoven into all schools, departments and buildings. Previously working in the District as a Family-School Partnerships Coordinator working with teams to plan, coordinate and direct the District’s programs for Family Engagement and supporting Equity and Diversity.  Ms. Young owned her own consulting business contracting with the State of Nevada on various contracts, managing a statewide Nonprofit Association for Head Start, local Nonprofit Associations, and providing Nonprofit Board Development and Strategic Planning.

Ms. Young holds a ME.D., and B.A. from the University of Nevada Reno, and two A.A. Degrees from TMCC. Ms. Ms. Young has served the WCSD Parent Involvement Committee as a member and previous chair. Serving as a Commissioner for the Nevada Equal Rights (NERC) Commission since January 2006, as well as participated as a Peer Mentor for the Department of Justice Community Capacity Development Office (formerly know as the Executive Office for Weed and Seed).  She has served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the Northern Nevada Human Resources Association Conference in addition to facilitating workshops on Diversity, and Community Involvement programs.  She previously served as a Board Member for Join Together Northern Nevada (a drug prevention coalition) for six years, served on 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) appointed to the Commission on Minority Affairs from 2013 to 2014. Awarded a Community Service Award in 2012 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.

Ivette Fernandez
Ivette Fernandez Ivette Fernandez has over 20 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She currently serves as the Vice President of Government Relations for Endeavor- the parent of multiple entertainment companies, including UFC, William Morris Endeavor, IMG, Professional Bull Riders and Miss Universe.

Prior to joining Endeavor, Ivette worked for Stand Together, The LIBRE Institute, News Corp and Pfizer Inc. Prior to joining the private and non-profit sectors, she worked for President George W. Bush at The White House, as a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and in the U.S. Senate for two of Alaska's senators.

Ivette has been recognized for her contributions to the community by numerous entities, including the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska; LATINO Magazine; and The Latino Coalition. She was honored with the United Way of NYC’s 2012 Women’s Leadership Council “Woman of Distinction Award,” and selected one of PODER Magazine’s 2013 “20 under 40: Latinos Going Places.” In summer 2008, Ivette was the feature of LATINA Style Magazine’s article “Inspirational Latina, Ivette Fernandez,” and was 1 of 15 nationwide recipients in 2006 recognized as a Hispanic American leader by the Government of Spain’s “Young Hispanic Leaders Program,” where she was honored by HRH Crown Prince Felipe of Spain.

Ivette is a Commissioner on the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, Board Member and Vice Chair of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, and a Member of the Winning for Women Advisory Committee, Hispanic Scholarship Fund Las Vegas Advisory Council, and Junior League of Las Vegas. She participated in a cultural study abroad to Argentina in college and was selected to be a Rotary Foreign Exchange Student to Sweden in high school. Ivette has traveled to over 30 countries and 30 states in the U.S. and speaks three languages.

Ivette was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and in 2000, won the title of Miss Alaska USA and Miss Congeniality and competed in the 2001 Miss USA Pageant. In 1999, she was selected to be Alaska’s Cherry Blossom Princess in the world-renowned Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, and was crowned Senorita Latina of Fairbanks in 1990.

Ivette received her Bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University and her Master’s degree from Georgetown University.

Ngai Pindell
Ngai Pindell

Professor Ngai Pindell is Vice Provost and Special Advisor to the Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also a member of the faculty at the William S. Boyd School of Law where he teaches and writes in the areas of property law, wills and trusts, affordable housing, community development, and local government law.  He earned his J.D. degree in 1996 from Harvard University.  After graduation, Professor Pindell practiced community development law in a nonprofit law firm in Baltimore, Maryland. He was later a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law where he taught the Community Development Clinic before coming to the Boyd School of Law in 2000. Professor Pindell also has an interest in gaming and how gaming resorts affect the cities and communities they are situated in.  As Director of Gaming Programs at Boyd, he helped develop the law school's Master of Laws (LL.M.) program in Gaming Law and Regulation. He also holds the International Gaming Institute Professorship and works closely with the International Gaming Institute and the International Center for Gaming Regulation on campus and community projects.



Krista Wahnefried
Krista Wahnefried Krista Wahnefried is an accomplished environmental consultant who is passionate about science, social justice, and education. Krista is an Environmental Scientist with McGinley & Associates, and serves as the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment lead for the Reno, Nevada office. Her professional interests and experience focus on environmental due diligence for commercial real estate transactions, natural resources, and hazardous materials management.

Krista is currently a member of the philanthropy committee for the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) association of Northern Nevada, and is a proud supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. As a member of the Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NERC) appointed in November 2018, Krista looks forward to serving the people of Nevada for years to come.

Prior to her current position with McGinley & Associates, Krista worked as a scientist with several other environmental consulting firms, as a laboratory instructor and teaching assistant at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, as a botanist with the United States Bureau of Land Management, and as a naturalist with the Girl Scouts of America. Krista also owned and operated a small event florist business; her favorite project was donating floral arrangements to “Quinceañera sin Alcohol” in Phoenix, a free program providing education and support to at-risk young women and their families. She has also spent time as a STEM education intern, volunteering with a LGBTQ youth support group, and serving on a civil rights and social action fundraising board. Krista enjoys being politically active and has been involved with several efforts to increase voter registration and participation in her community.

Krista was born and raised in La Cañada Flintridge, California and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from Northern Arizona University in 2010. She has since lived and worked in a number of areas throughout the western United States. Krista is proud to now call Reno, Nevada her home where she lives with her husband, Nick, and their two dogs Sophie and Porter.



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