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Make The Road Nevada

WE BUILD THE POWER OF THE LATINE AND WORKING-CLASS PEOPLE OF COLOR TO ACHIEVE DIGNITY AND JUSTICE THROUGH ORGANIZING, POLICY INNOVATION AND TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION

Make The Road Nevada is a non-profit organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our family of organizations hail from the east coast, where they have changed the face of community organizing in immigrant communities and become an immutable force for good. The states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania all bear the fruits of our work, and it is time for Make The Road to make the difference in our communities in the west coast.

Our vision for Nevada begins with building a strong grassroots foundation in Las Vegas and it ends with elevating the power of working class immigrant communities in every community around the state.

We do this by informing, empowering, and mobilizing our community to take action on important issues that directly affect their families and loved ones.

Nuestra Familia

Senior Staff

LEO MURRIETA

Make the Road Nevada Director
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Arriving in the United States when he was seven-days old, Leo Murrieta grew up in Naked City—the community next to the Las Vegas Stratosphere.

Murrieta has dedicated much of his professional career to efforts that make our Latinx community a better place.

Having been involved with youth, Latine, LGBTQ+, education equity, public policy, and advocacy for over a decade, Murrieta brings his experience to Make the Road Nevada.

He is the favorite uncle to his eight smart and wonderful nieces, the husband to an amazing human, and a proud dog dad.

BLANCA MACIAS

Deputy Director
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Biography coming soon.

JEN FLEISCHMANN WILLOUGHBY

Development Director
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Jen Fleischmann Willoughby joined the Make the Road Nevada team after more than a decade of running political and policy campaigns in Nevada and across the nation.

A long-time rabble rouser who’s been a part of the movement since her youth, she is passionate about building a world where all people have the resources they need to not just survive but thrive.

Fleischmann Willoughby is the mother of a young daughter, wife of a fellow activist, and guardian of many, many pets.

She enjoys spending her free time cooking, reading, and watching musicals.

Born in Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacán, Mexico, Sotelo-Calderon is a DACAmented activist who deeply cares about immigrant justice and advocates for a pathway to citizenship.

She’s also passionate about the restorative justice movement and has been working closely with it for over five years.

She joins us with an Associate of Arts in English degree from the College of Southern Nevada and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In her free time, she enjoys cooking new recipes at home and making arts and crafts with her best friend.

Organizing TEAM

AUDREY PERAL

Director of Organizing
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Audrey Peral was born in Guerrero, Mexico and moved to California when she was only eight days old. Peral experienced the resource disparities working families face and is now dedicated to creating a better future for her son and her community.

Peral earned an associate of arts and associate of science at College of Southern Nevada, and a bachelors degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Driven by her passion to help others, Peral started with us as a volunteer in 2017. Her work in social justice is focused on intersectional issues like environmental and economic equity that negatively impact immigrant communities.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling and trying new foods around the world with her son.

RICO OCAMPO

Lead Organizer
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Rico Ocampo was born in Zacateptl, Mexico and immigrated to the United States in 1992. Ocampo is an undocumented/DACAmented grassroots organizer who cares about advancing systematic change for immigrant communities and youth of color.

The loss of his younger brother prompted Ocampo to fight against the injustices undocumented families face in the healthcare system and fight for immigration reform. One of his life-long goals is to vote in a United States election.

When Ocampo is not working with immigrant communities, he spends time with his wife and two children. In addition, he also serves as the Director for Anytown Las Vegas, the longest running anti-racist youth program in Nevada.

ISSIS jULIAO

LEAD ORGanizer
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Photograph and biography coming soon.

LALO MONTOYA

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
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Photograph and biography coming soon.

ERIKA MARQUEZ

immigrant Justice Organizer
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Biography coming soon.

ROBERT GARCIA

Economic Justice Organizer
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Born and raised in sunny California, Robert Garcia earned his degree in Sociology with a minor in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Merced. 

Garcia joins our organization with fiery devotion to his community, human rights, economic justice, and LGBTQ+ rights. Growing up in a low-income household, Garcia now works to help financially struggling families across Nevada. He believes creating a sense of community for these families goes a long way, and he works daily in creating a safe, empathetic space for them. 

Aside from his advocacy and community involvement, Garcia enjoys watching films, trying new foods, listening to Jennifer Lopez, and spending time with his friends and family, especially his baby niece, Nora.

JOSE RIVERA

Environmental Justice Organizer
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Jose Rivera was born in Nayarit, Mexico and immigrated to the United States at the age of 1 year old in his parents’ arms. He grew up in Fontana, California and later moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where he currently resides. 

Rivera is a DACA recipient and has an ongoing, fiery passion for immigrant LGBTQ+, POC, and youth rights. He has been recently focusing on advocating for climate justice in areas that affect families most. He is also a current student at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN), majoring in elementary education in hopes of empowering youth to become involved in the fight.

In his free time, Josie loves to tend to his plants, hang out with his loved ones, and listen to Juan Gabriel and his self-proclaimed tía, Jenni Rivera. 

ANDY ROMERO

Housing Justice Organizer
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Andy Romero was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Romero joined Make the Road to connect more with his comunidad. Time and time again, Romero witnessed discrimination and little-to-no housing resources for the Latine community, so he’s taking his campaign work by storm.

He has a background in hospitality and has worked all over the strip from housekeeping to banquet and group sales. He has since combined his passion for people and skills at Make the Road to support his committee’s members. 

Romero enjoys spending his time with friends and loved ones. He also loves dogs, so never shy away from showing him pictures of your pups!

ALEJANDRA MUNETON-CARRERA

Health Equity Organizer
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Biography coming soon.

KATHIA SOTELO-CALDERON

YOUTH JUSTICE ORGANIZER
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Born in Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacán, Mexico, Sotelo-Calderon is a DACAmented activist who deeply cares about immigrant justice and advocates for a pathway to citizenship.

She’s also passionate about the restorative justice movement and has been working closely with it for over five years.

She joins us with an Associate of Arts in English degree from the College of Southern Nevada and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In her free time, she enjoys cooking new recipes at home and making arts and crafts with her best friend.

FRANKIE PEREZ

LGBTQ+ JUSTICE ORGANIZER
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Biography coming soon.

ELIZABETH VELASQUEZ

COMMUNITY Organizer
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Biography coming soon.

MARIA NAVARRETTE

COMMUNITY Organizer
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Biography coming soon.

cYNTHIA SALGADO

data and programs manager
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Photograph and biography coming soon.

cINTHIA MOORE

environmental coalition coordinator
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Biography coming soon.

Communications team

ALYSSA CORTES

Communications Director
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Alyssa Cortes was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada with indigenous roots from Oaxaca, Mexico. Cortes became the first person in her family to graduate from college when she graduated with a degree in English literature from Nevada State College in 2021. 

She joins us with over 6 years of political organizing experience with an emphasis in LGBTQ and civil rights—and most recently, in public health. She’s worked alongside Make the Road Nevada for many years as a community member because of aligned values. She looks forward to applying her skills and experience as the Communications Director.

In her free time, Cortes enjoys working out and spending time with her wife, dog, and family.

ANDREA MASNATA

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE
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Photograph and biography coming soon.

CRYSTAL LUGO

Digital Organizer
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Crystal Lugo was born in Northern California and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She later earned a degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno with a minor in English writing.

As the first American-born person in her family, she watched her family struggle with identity, assimilation, and their limited rights. She hopes to make a difference through Make the Road Nevada and help people like her family in every way she can.

When she isn’t working on the website or snapping pictures for us, you can find her writing in her journal, shooting film, or analyzing birth charts for fun. She’s a Sagittarius sun, Virgo rising, and Leo moon—for those curious.

DENISE HEREDIA-BOLAÑOS

Digital Organizer
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Photograph and biography coming soon.

operations TEAM

CAROLINA CORNEL

operations associate
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Photograph and biography coming soon.

DONALD HEATH

OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE
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Photograph and biography coming soon.

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