About Nevada Women's Lobby


The Nevada Women’s Lobby is a statewide non-partisan coalition of organizations, and individual women and men who are committed to women and families in Nevada. NWL was formed in 1988 and founded in 1989 to improve the status of women and children by lobbying public officials and lawmakers.

Our founding members, Sarah Chvilicek, Beth Elliot, Elaine Enarson, Diana Glomb-Rogan, Helen Jones, Diane Loper, Nancy Moore, Elizabeth Pope and Diane Williams, served as the first steering committee. NWL’s Steering Committee is composed of volunteers who, along with our lobbyist, direct the work necessary to keep the NWL running. In 1992, the organization expanded its presence statewide with the addition of a southern component to the steering committee.

Our “Principles of Unity” provides the basis for every decision, action, or issue that the Nevada Women’s Lobby undertakes. We hire a lobbyist who is present full-time at the legislative sessions and works with us between sessions to monitor legislative interim committees and prepare for the next legislative session.

The Nevada Women’s Lobby encourages participation in the legislative process by hosting Grassroots Lobby Days (GLD) at the Nevada Legislature in Carson City every other year during legislative sessions. GLD, first held in 1991, informs participants about the current issues and prepares them to lobby their legislators and testify at hearings.

The Nevada Women’s Lobby is a 501 (c) (4) nonprofit organization and derives its income from memberships, donations, and special events. Dues and donations to NWL are not tax deductible.

Principles of Unity

Nevada Women's Lobby is a voice for women and children. We are dedicated to equity, non-violence and reproductive choice.

The lives of all people are inherently valuable and worthy of respect and dignity; therefore, we actively work to remove barriers of race, class, age, gender, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Beginning with our own actions and language, we promote non-violence in all aspects of personal, economic and organizational relationships.

We support every woman's right to reproductive choice and self-determination.

Our Steering Committee

Doris <span>DOWDEN</span>


Nancyann <span>LEEDER</span>

Nancyann LEEDER

Pam <span>ROBERTS</span>


Erika <span>Washington</span>

Erika Washington

• Cecilia Colling
• Carmella Gadsen
• Joanna Jacob
• Electra McGrath-Skrzydlewski
• Ana Navarro
• Kristy Oriol
• Suzanne Ramos
• Pam Russell
• Sue Smith

Our Lobbyist

Marlene Lockard

Marlene Lockard has nearly 30 years of government and private sector leadership experience having served as Nevada’s first female Chief of Staff under then Governor and former U.S. Senator Richard Bryan; Vice President for a global software company; and as Nevada’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Information Technology.

On behalf of the State of Nevada, Ms. Lockard was instrumental in successfully negotiating a multi-million dollar land exchange resulting in saving 3,726 acres of the Galena Forest land located just below the Mt. Rose Summit.


During her tenure as Nevada CIO, Ms. Lockard negotiated numerous technology partnerships between the public and private sectors and was recognized by the Center for Digital Government and the Progress & Freedom Foundation as a leader in using innovative technologies to better serve its citizens, ranking Nevada in the top 10 states for technology management at that time. Notably, Lockard led the initiative in negotiating a shared resource fiber optic agreement resulting in a communications package saving the state $5.8 million per year and assisting rural Nevada in their Economic Development expansion efforts.

Lockard’s background in public policy, technology and government process led her to form her own consulting firm, The Lockard Group in 2003. Ms. Lockard has represented numerous clients on behalf of their government affairs and issue advocacy needs.

Ms. Lockard has a long involvement in community activity, currently serving on the board for the Committee to Aid Abused Women, past board member for the College of Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, past Chair for the Nevada Women’s Fund and voluntary co-host for Nevada Newsmakers, a current affairs news program on Channel 4, Reno, NV.