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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:

Kevin E. Hooks
Sean Higgins Kevin E. Hooks is currently the President and CEO of the Las Vegas Urban League-- the largest community action agency in the state of Nevada. The non-profit agency serves more than 300,000 people annually through more than a dozen innovative programs and services.

Under his dynamic leadership, Hooks, 44, has been instrumental in significantly boosting the organizationís revenue through strategic restructuring, new service offerings, profitable corporate partnerships, and a robust re-branding effort.

His cultivation of team building through the ranks has helped the non-profit organization become one of the largest Urban League affiliates in the United States.

His history of proactive leadership, beginning with State Farm Insurance Companies in the early 90ís has garnered him the reputation of an accomplished and creative executive.

 Constantly striving for more, Hooks began making his lasting imprint on Hollywood as a marketing executive in the early 2000ís. His savvy development and implementation of an urban-focused marketing platform for numerous studio movie releases led to his role as Vice President and General Manager for UPP Entertainment Marketing. His attention to detail and ability to collaborate effectively across various boundaries helped him advance celebrity brand placement protocols for major events such as the Sundance Film Festival, Peopleís Choice Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards.

 Colleagues and community stakeholders both locally and nationally continue to recognize him for his achievements. In 2014, Hooks won the National Urban Leagueís Newcomer CEO of the Year award. He currently serves as chair of the growth committee on the Governors Food Security Council, headed by First Lady of Nevada Kathleen Sandoval. He also serves as a member of the CDFI loan committee where he evaluates non-traditional loan opportunities that offer much needed resources to small community based businesses.

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Sean T. Higgins
Sean Higgins

Mr. Higgins is a 46 year resident of Nevada. He is the principal in the government affairs and legal firm of STH Strategies. His primary focus is in the government affairs arena. He regularly lobbies before the Nevada State Legislature. Additionally he represents clients at both the local level, before elected bodies at the county and cities, and the US Congress. He brings years of experience in both the legal and business world to his work.  His 17 years as in-house counsel for a gaming company based in Las Vegas help give him a unique perspective on the issues that face the state of Nevada.  Additionally, he advises clients on business developments and implementing strategic initiatives designed to assist his clients achieve their goals.

Prior to starting his own consulting and legal firm, for five years Mr. Higgins was a partner in the law firm of Gordon Silver, as well as the managing principal of Porter Gordon Silver Communications, the government affairs and lobbying arm of the firm. His focus was on administrative law, including gaming and state and local governmental interaction. He also worked in the transaction, land use and real estate arenas. From 1993-2010 Mr. Higgins was general counsel for the Herbst Companies (Terrible Herbst & Herbst Gaming) and oversaw the legal, compliance and government affairs departments for the company, including all land use and site acquisition for gaming properties and service stations. As part of his duties, Mr. Higgins held gaming licenses in three jurisdictions in the U.S.

Mr. Higgins is admitted to practice law in Nevada. He received his Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law and received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the Nevada Bar Association and Clark County Bar Association. He previously served on both the Governorís Gaming Policy Committee and the Governorís Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling. He also served on the Nevada Council of Problem Gaming and the Clark County Blue Ribbons Committee of Fuel Reliability.

Mr. Higgins is married to his wife of 24 years, Lynn ad has two children, ages twenty-two and nineteen.

Tiffany Young
Sean HigginsMs. 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 Districtís 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 Womenís Club, and served as the Keynote speaker for the National Negro Business and Professional Womenís Club conference held in Reno in 2012.

Swadeep Nigam
Swadeep NigamTwenty-nine year Las Vegas resident Swadeep Nigam has worked for the Las Vegas Water District for 24 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 scholarship program for graduating high school students in Clark County.

Swadeep 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. 

Swadeep's 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.

Charlotte Centuori
Charlotte Centuori Charlotte Centuori has worked as an in-house corporate attorney in the gaming industry in Las Vegas for 18 years for various manufacturing companies including Anchor Games, IGT, Shuffle Master and Bally Technologies.  Prior to moving to Nevada, her professional focus was in the area of administrative law and legislation.  She worked in state government in Nebraska for 11 years as General Counsel for the Nebraska State Fire Marshal, a position that included enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 Charlotte has over 20 years of experience handling employment law issues, both in the public and private sectors.  She is a former Nebraska state chair for Common Cause and was active in several community organizations in Lincoln, Nebraska before relocating to Nevada. 

 Charlotte received her B.A and J.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association and the Nevada Bar Association, the American Gaming Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel. 

 Since moving to Nevada, Ms. Centuori has volunteered for a variety of local organizations, including the Nevada Senior Medicare Patrol, Spread the Word Nevada and Three Square. 


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