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MEET THE
LOBBY
Est. 1989
Our founding members, Sarah Chvilicek, Beth Elliot, Elaine Enarson, Diana Glomb-Rogan, Helen Jones, Diane Loper, Nancy Moore, Elizabeth Pope, and Diane Williams formed Nevada Women’s Lobby in 1989 to improve the status of women and children by lobbying public officials and lawmakers.
LOBBYING SINCE
1989
A LONG ROAD
Fighting for nevada's women & families

1988-1989

Founding members form Nevada Women’s Lobby and write Principles of Unity

1992

Nevada Women’s Lobby expands statewide and welcomes members from Southern Nevada

1993-1997

Made stalking a crime and passed the Rape Shied Bill, giving anonymity to victims.

1999

Passed legislation that ensures direct access to a gynecologist, rather than going through a “gatekeeper” general physician first

2001-2005

Raised the cap on child support payments and secured an audit on the state child support enforcement and collection agency

2009

Worked with lawmakers and allied progressive organizations to make Nevada the 17th state to provide domestic partnership rights

2009

Worked with lawmakers and allied progressive organizations to make Nevada the 17th state to provide domestic partnership rights

2011

Helped add “gender” and “gender expression and identity” to classes protected from discrimination

2017

Nevada ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, making us the first state to ratify in 30 years

2017

Worked with Senator Cannizzaro to pass the Safe Act, which provides time off for victims of domestic abuse and increased penalties for repeat offenders of domestic violence

2019

Helped pass Paid Sick Leave, requiring employers with 50 or more employees to give at least 40 hours of paid time off to employees

2019

Helped enact civil penalties against businesses if they have been found responsible for gender pay discrimination

PRINCIPLES OF UNITY

OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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Elisa Cafferata
Chair

Elisa Cafferata is a fourth-generation Nevadan, an unrepentant #nightowl, and a change manager for Mission Critical Partners helping state agencies modernize their services. She has decades of policy and program experience advocating for women and families including policy wins for reproductive health care, women’s equity, and earned paid sick leave. She is an alum of IgniteReno #1, WordCamp, the Reno Collective co-working, House of Genius, Hack4Reno, and Startup Weekend.

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NancyAnn Leeder
Secretary
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Amanda Vaskov
Treasurer

Amanda entered Nevada politics during the 2023 legislative session as the Director of Government Affairs for the Associated Students of the University of Nevada. As a student herself, she lobbied, testified, and held negotiations on behalf of the Associated Students’ interests. Amanda is proud to have facilitated the successful passage of student-led bills. After session, she was recruited to the Board of the Nevada Women’s Lobby and currently serves as the Treasurer. This fall, Amanda is an incoming student at the William S. Boyd School of Law. She aspires to find an impactful career at the crossroads of law and public policy.

OUR STEERING COMMITTEE

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Zoë Houghton
Government Affairs Manager, Tom Clark Solutions
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Jamelle Nance
Director of Strong Start Initiatives, Children's Advocacy Alliance of Nevada
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Maria-Teresa Liebermann-Parraga
Director of Strategy & Communications, Women's Equality Center
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Christina Bailey Shaver
Government Affairs Manager, Invenergy LLC
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Tess Opferman
Lobbyist

Tess is set on making the Silver State stronger by passing policy that benefits all communities. She started her political career as a field organizer for the Coordinated Campaign in 2016. Making connections and building relationships landed her a job with the Lockard Group and she spent Spring of 2017, her first legislative session, sitting through lengthy hearings while waiting to testify on legislation relating to healthcare, pay equity, education, and more. Some would have fled. Tess flourished knowing that these policies would directly benefit the lives of Nevadans.

 
Following the session, she landed at the City of Reno, where she worked with city council as a Community Liaison. She coordinated city events, ran city boards, worked with residents to resolve problems and concerns, and served on the City’s legislative team, tracking hundreds of bills in a wide range of policy areas. Following a second stint with the Lockard Group, Tess joined Pinyon Public Affairs and now manages her own portfolio of clients and projects.


Tess proudly represents the Nevada Women’s Lobby to ensure the “voice for the voiceless” is heard loud and clear in Carson City. She advocates for NWL priorities like paid time off, protection of reproductive healthcare, childcare, and protection from all forms of violence.