ABOUT

ABOUT OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Astrid Silva arrived in Nevada with her family at the age of 5 after immigrating from Mexico just a year prior. In 2006, she graduated from the magnet program at Advanced Technologies Academy, and later received three Associates degrees from College of Southern Nevada and her Bachelors degree in History/Pre-Law from Nevada State College.

Silva spent most of her life in the shadows. In 2009, an encounter with an unlikely ally Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid changed this in a most unexpected way. She began getting more deeply involved in the politics surrounding the DREAM Act and became the poster child for the legislation in her home state of Nevada. At the time, she was one of only a handful of students in the state, who had so publicly revealed their undocumented identity and status.

Just three short years later, Silva and a small group of dedicated DREAMers and allies formed DREAM Big Vegas, a club that aimed to educate the community about issues facing DREAMers and their families. While in its infancy, the club received national acclaim for its work with DREAMers in Nevada.

Silva has also received local and national acclaim for her work. She was named Youth Immigrant of the Year for the American Immigration Council in 2014, was named a rising Civil Rights leader by the Los Angeles Times and most recently delivered the first Spanish language Democratic response to President Trump’s first speech to Congress in 2017.

Silva is now the executive director of Dream Big Nevada, an organization inspired by DREAM Big Vegas, she continues to raise her voice and empower others so that together they can achieve their goal – keeping families, like hers, together.

ABOUT OUR DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Dulce Valencia was born in Mexico and came to Nevada when she was 12 years old as an undocumented immigrant. After not qualifying for DACA in 2012, she joined the immigrant rights movement in Las Vegas and began advocating for immigrant rights with various organizations throughout the state. She received her work permit through a U-Visa program in 2015, and is currently on her path to citizenship. Valencia has led non-partisan voter registration and get out the vote efforts with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, worked for Assemblyman Howard Watts III during the 80th Session of the Nevada State Legislature, and most recently was the New York State Immigration Fellow with FWD.us. Valencia currently attends UNLV as a Theater Studies major, and over the summer watched 17 plays on and off Broadway a personal best for the young thespian.

Current Board Members:

  • Jocelyn Torres – Board Chair
  • Danna Lovell – Treasurer
  • Jocelyn Cortez – Secretary
  • Peter Ashman
  • Blanca Gamez
  • Chris Giunchigliani
  • Francisco Morales

Former Board Members:

  • AJ Buhay
  • Steven Horsford

CONTACT US

Call: 702.824.5845

Email: info@dreambignv.org

Address: 2900 Stewart Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101