Andrea Martinez, Project Manager
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Andrea is very proud to call this city home! She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Nevada State College and a Master of Arts in Urban Leadership from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which has led to a produce garden and programming being implemented at Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, and a certificate in Mastering Design Thinking from MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to joining the Guinn Center Andrea spent nearly two years with The Just One Project serving as Director of Operations overseeing the Pop Up & Give, Southern Nevada’s largest mobile food distributions and successfully organizing and implementing the inaugural sessions of Camp Just One, a youth camp focused on civic engagement, volunteerism, and leadership/life skills. In her role at The Just One Project, Andrea strived to create a sense of community for those we serve by engaging them with opportunities for civic engagement and volunteerism. Previously, Andrea spent five years as Program Manager at Three Square Food Bank, where she had the pleasure of working with Childhood Nutrition Programs, ensuring children throughout the southern half of Nevada have access to meals after school, on the weekends, and in the summer. Andrea also has served as a part time instructor with UNLV, teaching a graduate level course in Design Thinking and a freshman introductory seminar course, teaching has provided an amazing opportunity to connect with those navigating the higher education process. Andrea has spent many years volunteering with various organizations around the community, such as United Way of Southern Nevada, Project Homeless Connect, and S.A.F.E. House. She is also an active member of the Junior League of Las Vegas and the Nevada Chapter of the Young Non-Profit Professionals Network and enjoys all the camaraderie, volunteering, and experiences that come with it. Andrea truly loves this community and all this city has to offer!
Felipe Silva, Project Coordinator, Youth Project
Felipe Silva is the Youth Program Coordinator at Nevada95. In this role, Felipe will be supporting youth development, promoting civic engagement and most importantly expanding their opportunities. Felipe is currently working on his Bachelors in Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to joining Nevada95, Felipe was at Make the Road NV as a Housing Justice Organizer. During his time there he educated and organized folks around Nevada Housing policy. This led to the creation of the Housing Justice Committee which navigated the system on a State, County and City level. Through that program he was able to contribute to the direct development of the community, something that has always been a goal of his. Although being raised in El Paso, TX & Cd. Juarez Mexico, Felipe has been a proud Nevada resident for over 10 years. After arriving in a new city he found a way to keep busy by volunteering and getting involved with groups such as the Nevada Youth Coalition and Mi Familia Vota. This sparked his passion for grassroots organizing and in many ways crafted the path he would be on for years to come. Felipe is also a certified CHW (Community Health Worker) and an Advisor for Camp Anytown Las Vegas, a training program for youth leadership skills, human relations, and diversity. Felipe’s passion for the community is what motivates him to help build the leaders of tomorrow.
Brenda Herbstman, Senior Grants Coordinator, Clark County Social Service
Brenda has been part of the Southern Nevada community since 1995 when she began working with youth as a K-5 teacher with the Clark County School District. In 2008, Brenda transitioned to Clark County Department of Family Services where she has served as a Training Coordinator and Foster Care Licensing Representative. She currently serves as a Senior Grants Coordinator at Clark County Social Service, and in this role has supported programs related to youth experiencing homelessness and ensuring equity within our homeless system of care. Brenda has enjoyed volunteering and supporting the Las Vegas Inner-City Games, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada, and Medals4Mettle.
Nancy Brune, Ph.D. Executive Director, Guinn Center
Nancy is the Executive Director of the Guinn Center. Nevada95 addresses her interests in youth development/engagement and community health issues. After graduating from college, Nancy spent three years in rural Nicaragua organizing young adults to address community health problems. Nancy serves on the boards of Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates, Jazz Outreach Initiative (which connects young people to jazz), and Get Outdoors Nevada.