Institute for a Progressive Nevada educates, empowers and engages Nevadans to build a state where everyone has a fair opportunity to succeed.
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Our Board

Carolina Chacon - Chair

Carolina Chacon joined Battle Born Progress in 2012, eager to help advance progressive values throughout the state. Born in Chile but raised in Las Vegas, Carolina is a Nevadan at heart. Since her days attending the University of Nevada, Reno, she has focused her work on promoting human rights and social justice through online media and grassroots activism. Carolina has worked with the digital team Obama for America, the President’s re-election campaign, and served as the Director of Public Relations and Events at Ramirez Group.

Holly Welborn

Holly Welborn has a board member since May 2015. She currently is the Policy Director for the ACLU of Nevada. She is a Native Nevadan and completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and worked on several local, state and national political campaigns. Ms. Welborn’s political and policy experience was further enhanced when she worked as a Legislative Aide to the Nevada Minority Leader during the 2007 legislative session. Most recently, she worked for Bristlecone Family Resources addiction treatment agency. This experience fostered her deep sense of commitment to serving the addiction recovery and re-entry populations. During law school, she won multiple academic awards for achievement in Constitutional Law.

Erika Washington

Erika Washington moved to the Las Vegas valley more than seven years ago and instantly integrated herself into the community. Working for many years as a journalist for the only African American newspaper in the state of Nevada she was able to understand the inner workings of Nevada politics.

Currently she serves as the Campaign Communications Specialist for the Service Employee’s International Union. Where she oversees both internal and external communications for one of the fastest growing union’s in the country. When she’s not working to fight for progressive initiatives she spends her time with her three daughters, drinking coffee and discovering good books.

Marian Russ

Originally from Alabama, Marian has called Nevada home for nearly two decades. A political junkie from birth, Marian got her start canvassing as a high school student with After learning the basics of organizing, Marian spent several years working as a political consultant in DC, before returning home to Nevada to fundraise for a number of political campaigns and non-profit organizations. Marian joined the Institute for a Progressive Nevada because she wants to help make her home state a place where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. She currently lives in North Las Vegas with her husband, Chris, and her puppy, Onyx.

Professor Michael Green

Professor Michael Green has been a board member since July 2015. He is currently an associate professor of history in UNLV’s Department of History. He is a member of the board of directors and researcher for the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, better known as the Mob Museum, and a member of the board of Preserve Nevada. The University of Nevada Press published his college-level textbook Nevada: A History of the Silver State in 2015 and he is writing a history of the Great Basin in the twentieth century for the University of Arizona Press.Green is also active in writing and speaking in the community. He writes the “Politics” column and blog for Vegas Seven, “Nevada Yesterdays” for Nevada Humanities and KNPR, and “Inside the Beltway” and “Books” for a newsletter, Nevada’s Washington Watch.