Team Members

 

Paul Selberg, Executive Director

(he/him)

Paul Selberg has an extensive work history in Nevada, working on campaigns up and down the ballot. Prior to joining the Nevada Conservation League, Paul served as the Nevada State Director for Mayor Pete Buttiegieg’s presidential campaign. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director of the Nevada Assembly Democratic Caucus where he oversaw the election of one of the most diverse state legislatures in the nation, along with helping elect the first female majority state legislatures in the country’s history. In his role with the Assembly Caucus, he not only executed successful campaign strategies, he was also closely involved in the legislative process, helping bridge the gap between policy and politics with caucus members and working with the Speaker of the Assembly to formulate and execute the Assembly’s legislative agenda.

 

 

Verna Mandez, Deputy Director

(she/her)

Verna Mandez is a lifelong Nevadan and the daughter of a Cuban Immigrant. As an activist and community organizer, Verna has focused her work and studies on the impacts of environmental degradation on communities of color and low-income communities, and how Nevada can be a leader in clean energy and environmental policy.

Verna is currently the Deputy Director of the Nevada Conservation League. Before this, she worked for U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada, where she assisted with the Energy and Natural resource portfolio and led the Southern Nevada, Transportation, Science, and Technology portfolios. 

Before her time at the office of Senator Cortez Masto, Verna worked as a Community Organizer at Battle Born Progress and Political Assistant for the Bring Back Solar campaign. Her work has centered around various issues including the preservation of public lands, access to renewable energy, and ensuring historically marginalized communities are at the center of environmental policies.

 

Christi Cabrera, Policy and Advocacy Director

(she/her)

Christi Cabrera is a native to Reno, Nevada and graduated from the University of Nevada with degrees in Political Science and Environmental Science and a minor in Renewable Energy. 

Before starting at Nevada Conservation League, Christi worked in the City of Reno’s Sustainability and Climate Department and helped put together the City’s first Sustainability Report.  

Christi started off her career at the Nevada Conservation League in 2018 as the Regional Lead in Northern Nevada for NCL’s ballot measure campaign for Question 5 (Automatic Voter Registration) and Question 6 (Renewable Portfolio Standard). After the campaign season ended, she shifted over to the policy side as a lobbyist for the 2019 session before becoming the Policy and Advocacy Director. 

 

Angelyn Tabalba, Communications Director

(she/her)

Angelyn was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and later moved to Las Vegas to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies and Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As a child of immigrant parents from the Philippines, Angelyn experienced first-hand the inequities of opportunities for immigrants and communities of color, which ultimately fueled her passion for advocacy work. She carried this passion throughout college, holding positions in student government and continues to serve as a valuable member of the Las Vegas Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Today, Angelyn serves as the Communications Manager for the Nevada Conservation League, creating and managing dynamic communications strategies in an effort to build a stronger and more inclusive environmental movement.

Most recently, Angelyn held the position of External Relations Manager with Opportunity 180, a Nevada-based non-profit organization working to ensure every K-12 student can access a great school regardless of background or zip code. Prior to this, Angelyn served as the Assistant Press Secretary for U.S. Congressman Steven Horsford of Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District. Angelyn proudly used her skills in public outreach to coordinate a successful communications strategy and connected Nevadans to federal resources and relevant information. She also held a role as community liaison and caseworker for a wide range of issue-areas including K-12 Education, AAPIs, Nutrition, Technology and Broadband, and Arts and Humanities.

 

Andrew Sierra, Political and Organizing Director

(he/him)

As the proud son of two hard-working immigrant parents, Andrew has grown to learn about the value of hard work, honesty, and humility. His family came from a long line of rural farmers and ranchers that held a special connection with the land they were on. From a young age, they taught him about the importance of sustainable practices, especially as they often faced financial hardships. His roots fuel his passion for conservation and as Nevada Conservation League’s Political and Organizing Director, he is dedicated to uplifting marginalized communities to ensure their stories are heard.

In the past few years, Andrew has used his time organizing his community, helping elect local & state-wide candidates, working at non-profit organizations, representing Nevadans on boards, building coalitions, and much more! The political world is his second home.

He might not be battle-born, but he’s certainty battle-tested. He has deep community ties and is dedicated to giving back to those that gave him endless opportunities. While managing advocacy & electoral work, he also juggled a full-time school schedule. As a first-generation American and first-generation student, he is proud to say he holds an associate’s in Political Science and a Bachelors in Project Management from the College of Southern Nevada. 

 

Johnathan Lytle, Southern Nevada Policy and Advocacy Manager

(he/him)

Johnathan Lytle is a native-born Nevadan. Growing up in the East Side of Las Vegas, he came to witness and experience firsthand the consequences of racial disparities that fueled his passion for justice and advocacy work. 

In programs such as the 100 Black Men and the Sigma Beta Club, Johnathan met mentors who taught him the value of giving back to the community and has taken on this challenge throughout his career. As a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Masonry, Johnathan has participated in several service programs, including food drives, voter registration drives, and Toys for Tots, serving children and families in East Las Vegas and the historic Westside. 

Johnathan is a recent Master’s graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, earning his degree in Crisis and Emergency Management. With the understanding that climate change is an existential threat and global emergency, endangering communities here at home, Johnathan utilizes his degree to better understand the policy and processes necessary to address this important issue and ultimately change the trajectory of our climate future. He is proud to serve as the Southern Nevada Policy and Advocacy Manager for the Nevada Conservation League. 

Prior to this position, Johnathan was an Air Traffic Controller for the Air Force, serving 2 tours in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Johnathan also has a B.A. in Political Science.

Johnathan is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., a world-ranked jiu-jitsu competitor, and a father of four. 

 

Yazmyn Pelaez, Digital Media Manager & Communications Associate 

(she/her)

Yazmyn grew up in Las Vegas, and has grown close to Nevada’s outdoor wonders and the resilient community of organizers, educators, and story-tellers. She was proudly raised by a Chihuahuan and Poblano family who value conservation and the beautiful outdoors. Her appreciation for her Mexican culture, community, and the environment motivates her to center environmental justice in all of the work she does.

Yazmyn received her Associates Degree in May 2021 and is currently working towards her B.S. in Project Management. Previous to working with NCL, she spent 5 years working on issue-based campaigns with non-profits in the state of Nevada. Most recently, she worked with Chispa Nevada on the successful Clean Buses for Healthy Niños Campaign and the passing of Assembly Bill 349, which will work to reduce transportation pollution across Nevada. Prior to that, she was a Program Coordinator with Get Outdoors Nevada, and an organizer with Advocates for Youth. 

In an effort to build a healthier Nevada, Yazmyn has worked closely with environmental leaders, managing digital campaigns, and building partnerships. She is a proud member of the Latino Youth Leadership Foundation and the Las Vegas Climate Reality Chapter. These experiences have equipped her with the necessary skills to coordinate successful communication strategies in the climate movement. 

Brigitte Yanez Trobaugh, Administrative Assistant

(she/her)

Brigitte loves calling Nevada home! She was only two when her father moved their family out of Costa Rica to settle in Las Vegas where he had once been stationed during his career in the U.S. Air Force. Brigitte prides herself in being a true Las Vegan, but also attributes a lot of her identity to her Costa Rican roots. The raw nature of her birthplace has led her to understand the importance of conservation and protecting the environment to maintain healthy ecosystems and a healthy planet. 

Brigitte has an extensive past in administrative and accounting work. Most recently she worked at a law firm, starting as an office manager before being promoted to their corporate office in San Diego to work in the accounting department. 

As a nature lover and an avid hiker Brigitte spends a lot of her free time outdoors, which made her realize the corporate world was not for her, and she wanted to dedicate her time to working somewhere that made a positive impact on the environment. She moved back home to Las Vegas where she eventually found a job with Nevada Conservation League as the Administrative Assistant. At NCL Brigitte is able to combine her administrative background with her passion for conservation, and is excited to be doing the work in the state she loves.

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