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 Manager

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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, Organizing Manager

(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 Organizing Manager, 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. 

 

Lily Lutterman, Digital Organizer

(she/her)

Lily was born in Arizona and has lived in various states across the country until she moved to Reno, Nevada in 2014. She has earned bachelor’s degrees in history and legal studies and has a long history of working in the education field and volunteering for various environmental organizations. 

Upon relocating to Reno, Lily was inspired by Nevada’s wide-open spaces, varying landscape, and stunning variety of wildlife to pursue her long-standing passion for wilderness and wildlife conservation as a career. Before joining Nevada Conservation League in 2017, Lily focused on educating students about the principles of conservation as an Americorp fellow at the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. After her term was up, Lily first joined NCL as a community organizer in Reno before becoming the organization’s digital organizer in 2020.

In her free time, Lily likes to hike with her dogs and take pictures of all the interesting flora and fauna in the Silver State.

 

Andre Henderson, Community Organizer

(he/him) 

Andre Henderson comes from Carson California, where the west coast’s largest oil refinery is located. Growing up, diseases like asthma, heart attacks, and cancer ran rampant in his community and impacted those closest to him. After having gained more knowledge about how environmental policies affect public health, he became more passionate about pushing forward bold pro-conservation policies. 

He never expected to get involved in the conservation community, let alone politics, but one conversation changed the course of his career. In the summer of 2018, he was approached by a community organizer, Ms. Charisse, who asked him to vote. Not having been engaged and in need of a job, he responded with ‘why?’. That question sparked a conversation that eventually led him to organize his local community.

He currently serves as a community organizer and in this role, he has been instrumental in educating, training, and mobilizing NCL members and volunteers. By working alongside other staff members he has also informed our community about our priorities in an effort to answer that key question, that would lead to a life-changing conversation.

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.

Contact Us

info@nevadaconservationleague.org
8540 S Eastern Ave, Suite 200
Las Vegas, NV 89123