Nevada Equal Rights Commission
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, Shelley Chinchilla. The commission is guided by a governor-appointed
board which includes five members who represent the community and
businesses. The current membership includes
Patricia Cafferata, Chair
Patricia (Patty) Cafferata has had a diverse
career in politics, law and as an author. She is an attorney
and former Nevada State Treasurer (1983-1987), State
Assemblywoman (1981-1983) and district attorney of Lincoln,
Lander and Esmeralda counties in Nevada.
Cafferata was the
first woman elected to constitutional office in Nevada when she
was elected state treasurer in 1982. When she was appointed
district attorney of Esmeralda County to fill a vacancy, she
became the only woman and one of only three people to serve as
district attorney of three Nevada counties.
authored six books on Nevada history. Cafferata writes a
bi-monthly column for the Reno Gazette-Journal on local history.
She also wrote articles on recall elections and minority office
holders for the Nevada Secretary of State’s Political History of
She is currently a Hearing Officer for the Nevada Department of
Personnel and has a private law practice in Reno, NV.
Tiffany Young was born in
Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in South Central Los Angeles. After
moving to Las Vegas and graduating from Basic High School in Henderson,
she moved to Reno to attend the University of Nevada Reno in 1990. Mrs.
Young has obtained both an AA and AS degree from Truckee Meadows
Community College, as well as a BA in General Studies, with a minor in
Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada Reno.
Mrs. Young is currently employed as a Health Program Specialist I for
the Bureau of Family Health Services (BFHS) Children with Special Health Care
Needs. She is responsible for conducting community outreach for
person’s age 0-22 years that have special health care needs, as well as
building collaborations and partnerships in the community. Prior to
working for the BFHS, Tiffany served as the Weed and Seed Director
for five years where she was responsible for providing community and
economic development to improve the quality of life for Northeast Reno
residents. The majority of Mrs. Young's work experience is in the areas
of finance and human services. She has seven years of finance experience,
years of program planning and management, as well as five years of grant
writing and management experience.
Mrs. Young is a certified Housing Specialist for Section 8 Housing
Quality Standards. She is a Board Member for Join Together
Northern Nevada, and has served on the Impartial Policing Advisory
Council and the Human Services Network. Tiffany has also served as
the Youth Center Director for the Gang Alternative Partnership, Director
of the Child Assault Prevention Program and Family Resource Center and
Mentor and Youth Coordinator.
year Las Vegas resident Swadeep Nigam has worked for the Las
Vegas Water District for 20 years. Prior to the Water District,
Swadeep was a Financial Manager, Western Region, for a
national home healthcare company. Swadeep is also a
CFO/Managing Member of his family-owned investment company. He
has over 30 years of diverse experience in Accounting, Finance,
Economics and Investment Management. Apart from his regular
volunteer involvement with numerous organizations, Swadeep's
philanthropic efforts include his generous donation to the
Nevada Policy Research Institute for establishing a
for graduating high school students in
holds an MBA in Finance and an MS in Applied Economics from
Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. Prior to his education
in Dayton, Swadeep graduated from the prestigious Delhi School
of Economics, University of Delhi.
past and current community services includes his work as a
Treasurer and Board Member for the NAACP-Las Vegas branch,
Advisory Board Member of the Advanced Technologies Academy (ATech),
Treasurer for the Clark County Republican Party, and Assistant
Treasurer for the Nevada State Republican Party.
James Campos currently is a
partner in a government relations / strategic business
consulting company and is also the Senior Advisor on Economic &
Business Development to the College President of Nevada State
College (NSC). Directly prior to signing on with NSC, Campos
served as the Director of Government Relations & Renewable
Energy Initiatives for the College of Southern Nevada (CSN)
where he was responsible for helping develop and facilitate
CSN’s renewable energy efforts institution-wide.
Campos was formerly the
Commissioner of the Nevada Consumer Affairs Division (Nevada’s
Business & Industry Department), where he regulated 8 industries
and enforced state laws governing deceptive trade practices. He
was appointed to the Commissioner’s position in February of 2007
by Governor Jim Gibbons.
When the State agency duties were moved into the office of the
Attorney General in 2009, James left that position and went on
to serve as Deputy Administrator for Workforce Solutions for the
Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation (DETR).
Campos was brought in to head-up on an interim basis the time
sensitive project of developing the infrastructure of the
Workforce Solutions Section.
has served in both the public and private sectors, working in
such industries as publishing, telecommunications, US and State
government, strategic business consulting, political consulting,
and as an adjunct business professor. His business background
has enhanced his expertise in marketing, international business,
human resources, management, operations and strategic analysis
Campos has been active in local community organizations and
selected to serve with recognition on various boards including
the Southern Nevada Investment Workforce Board, Government
Affairs and the Foundation Board for the Las Vegas Latin Chamber
of Commerce, the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth Board,
Nevada Development Authority committees (Green Technology and
Government Liaison committees), Nevada Automotive Advisory
Board, United Way’s Young Philanthropist Society and the Latino
Coalition Strategic Advisory Committee (Washington D.C). In
2006, Campos received the Professional Service Award from the
Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce and in 2010 also received
the group’s Young Professional of the Year award. In 2011,
Campos was selected to be included in the the Las Vegas “In
Business Magazine’s “ top five most influencial Hispanics in
recently (June 24, 2011) Campos was appointed by Governor Brian
Sandoval to be on Nevada’s Judicial Selection Commission as a
Campos holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science
degree from the University of Maryland, a Master of Business
Administration from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and an
Executive Program Certificate from Georgetown University’s
McDonough School of Business in Washington, D.C. While
completing his master degrees, Campos also studied at Corpus
Christi College, University of Oxford in England for business
and literature studies and also studied cultural studies in
Barcelona, Spain for a year. He served on the University of
Maryland’s Judicial Honor Board and was President of the
University of Glasgow’s MBA Society. He has taught in the areas
of organizational operations, international management,
marketing, strategy, public relations and human resources as an
Campos is qualified and certified as an Inspector/Investigator
by the National Council on Licensure, Enforcement and
Regulation. Campos is also a trained conflict resolution
mediator with the Clark County Neighborhood Justice Center.
Campos was born in the country of
Paraguay to American Foreign Service parents and lived in 4
Latin American countries before relocating to the state of
was an active-duty member of the US Air Force for nearly seven years.
She served three years in Nevada at the Tonopah Test Range in support of
F-117A Stealth Fighter operations. She was awarded two Achievement
Medals and a Commendation Medal for her service during Operation Desert
Storm. She received an honorable discharge in 1994.
Lauren has been an activist for transgender issues since 2003 and has
authored several articles on the subject. In 2004, she was the LGBT
county chair for the John Kerry presidential campaign in Pinellas
She relocated to Carson City in 2005 and eventually settled in Reno in
2006. In 2007, she traveled to Washington D.C. to take part in
'Transgender Lobby Days' and discussed transgender issues with Dean
Heller and other members of Congress.
In 2009, she founded Equality Nevada, a non-profit organization that
seeks to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
individuals and their families. Equality Nevada organized the first LGBT
citizen’s lobbyist group during the 2009 legislative session and
supported the passage of domestic partnership legislation.
In the 2011 legislative session, she continued to work to advance civil
rights in Nevada. By working with members of the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU), Nevada Women’s Lobby and the Progressive
Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) and key legislators, she was able
to help secure the passage of transgender inclusive civil rights
legislation for the first time in Nevada. She has been recognized on the
floor of both the Assembly and the Senate.
Lauren has been an invited guest speaker at The Institute for Advanced
Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, California. She regularly
lectures on sex and gender issues at the University of Nevada Reno.
She ran unsuccessfully for the open Nevada Assembly District 30 seat in
2012. If elected, Lauren would have been the country's first openly
transgender person to serve as a state legislator.
Lauren graduated with honors from St. Leo University with a Bachelors
Degree in Business Administration. She has owned and operated small
businesses and held technical management positions in various private
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