Nevada Urban Leadership Institute 2022
Thank you to Dr. Jesus Jara, Superintendent of the Clark County School District
Dr. Jesus Jara is currently superintendent of the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, the nation's fifth-largest district. Previously, he was deputy superintendent for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Jesus Jara has a lifelong passion for creating better opportunities for all children through education.
Dr. Jara began his career in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, where he was a bilingual biology teacher and coach, before moving to Springfield, Mass., where he served as assistant principal and principal. As principal of the High School of Science and Technology, he improved Advanced Placement course offerings and graduation rate. In 2005, the high school was a semifinalist for a College Board Inspiration Award.
On behalf of the Coalition, we would like to thank Dr. Jara for his support in making a difference in our community and making this conference happen. When administrators, educators, legislators, trustees, and community members come together, children will receive the benefit of changed practice and thrive.
Clark County School District's Board of Trustees
Irene Cepeda was elected to the Clark County School Board of Trustees on November 6, 2018. She represents District D and is currently the President of the Board.
Irene grew up in Northeast Las Vegas and is a first-generation immigrant and first-generation college graduate. Irene earned a Master in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has served in multiple capacities at different educational institutions for over a decade. Irene currently works at Nevada State College where she coordinates a HSI grant with the purpose of expanding the teacher pipeline to Latinx populations and other underrepresented populations.
Evelyn Garcia Morales was elected to the CCSD Board of Trustees on November 3, 2020 to represent the students, families, and educational community of District C. She is a first-generation American whose parents worked tirelessly and reinforced the long-term value of an education. “¡Échale ganas!” (translated, give it all you’ve got!) were her mother’s daily reminder, to make the most out of every opportunity.
Lola Brooks first moved to Las Vegas in 2002 and was first elected to the School Board in 2016. She represents District E, which includes Summerlin and parts of northwest Las Vegas. Mrs. Brooks earned her B.A. in Psychology and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Linda P. Cavazos was appointed to the Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees on August 17, 2017, then was elected in November of 2018 to a full four year term. Trustee Cavazos represents District G.
Danielle Ford was elected Trustee in 2018 and represents District F which covers Southwest Las Vegas.She is a Las Vegas native and attended 8 schools in the Clark County School District. She is a mother of 2 CCSD students and has been an active participant in their education by serving on the PTO, helping in classrooms and leading Cub Scouts.
Lisa Guzman was elected in 2020. As an educator and education advocate, she has supported public education issues since she was little. She grew up in Stony Brook, New York, went to high school in Gainesville, Georgia, and attended Arizona State University to get away from cold weather.
In 2020, Katie was elected to the Clark County School Board for District B in a landslide, bringing an outsiders voice in education and bringing her military experience to the district. Katie is a combat veteran and current member of the Nevada Army National Guard. Katie was born in Salt Lake City Utah in 1990 and moved to Illinois in 2003 where she graduated High School from Altamont Community High School in 2008.