Commission on Minority Affairs


Commissioner Gabriela Wyett

Commissioner Gabriela Wyett

Gabriela Wyett is a seasoned banking professional with over two decades of experience in the industry. She has dedicated her career to supporting businesses and fostering inclusive growth. Possessing a vast wealth of knowledge, particularly in the realm of securing access to capital, her primary focus lies in providing essential resources to underserved business communities.

By synergizing efforts and collaborating with a diverse range of community partners, she endeavors to enhance financial education and proficiency while presenting viable options to the business community. She actively seeks market-driven solutions that address the specific needs of Nevada.

Building critical alliances with community leaders and stakeholders, she has become a powerful advocate for the voiceless. Her bilingual skills enable her to connect with and serve a broader audience, demonstrating her cultural sensitivity and awareness of their unique needs. Her strong presence in the community reflects her unwavering dedication to making a difference, both through grassroots efforts and scalable initiatives.

Gabriela consistently strives and leads others to create equitable and dignified opportunities for communities of color. Recognizing her adeptness in navigating the multifaceted challenges faced by these communities, she has earned unanimous approval for her appointment to the board of Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada (NHSSN), an organization committed to promoting affordable housing.

Her success is a testament to her unwavering passion for seeking assistance through outreach, advocacy, and service. Collaborating with a wide array of organizations and platforms, such as the Urban Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Administration, Nevada District Office (SBA), Nevada Small Business Development Network (NVSBDC), and Latin Chamber of Commerce, she continuously seeks to learn, strategize, and deliver innovative solutions that bridge the gap between the community and businesses. Her drive to effect positive change propels her forward, always striving to create a better tomorrow.
Commissioner Demetrius Ware

Commissioner Demetrius Ware

Vice-Chair & Housing Subcommittee
Commissioner Demetrius Ware has proudly called Nevada home for over two decades, building a 20-year career that spans across finance, banking, and real estate sectors, with an emphasis on scaling emerging companies in multi-family housing, healthcare, and commercial real estate development.

In 2020, Demetrius founded V.E.W Emerging & Corporate Advisory, providing comprehensive c-suite business and legal advisory services, focusing on business optimization, scalability, and market sustainability.

Beyond his professional achievements, Demetrius is dedicated to championing minority and underserved communities. Raised by a single parent in public housing, he understands the importance of stable, affordable housing and its impact on families. Demetrius uses his personal and professional insights to work alongside developers on single and multi-family housing projects, addressing the issue of affordable housing in Southern Nevada. So far, he has successfully transacted over 240 affordable units.

Demetrius is also passionate about empowering individuals to achieve their goals and aspirations. He is committed to fostering relationships and mentoring through faith-based groups.

Noteworthy moments in Demetrius' career include orchestrating the development banking for a $1B internationally branded mix-use residential development.

He was also the sole African American representative from the US to speak alongside global banking and political leaders at one of the world's largest international banking conferences in Dubai, UAE. His focus was on global financial literacy, demonstrating his commitment to the advancement of underserved communities.

Additionally, Demetrius serves as an Executive Board Member to the IChuks Foundation, overseeing the development and operations of low-cost clinics and housing in rural West Africa.

As a grateful Commissioner on Minority Affairs, Commissioner Ware strives to create a better future for the diverse citizens of Nevada. With his unwavering dedication to advocacy, he stands as a pillar of inspiration for those he represents.

When away from work, Demetrius enjoys learning new cultures by traveling with his wife and two adult children, reading, mental health development, and engaging in physical fitness.
Commissioner Nic Steele

Commissioner Nic Steele

Workforce Development Subcommittee
Nic Steele is the executive director of Access Community Capital Inc., a community loan fund providing affordable capital to small businesses located in Nevada. Access Community Capital is a minority led mission driven organization directed by entrepreneurs who understand the plight of business ownership. Since inception, Access Community Capital has advised, guided, and supported businesses, contributing to the creation or retention of over 2,000 jobs.

As an entrepreneur, Mr. Steele, knows firsthand how lack of access to affordable capital can adversely affect the trajectory of a business, stifling its growth potential. While also investing in other entrepreneurs, Mr. Steele is focused on changing the landscape of opportunity for underserved populations by operating Access Community Capital as a Community Development Financial Institution, compelled to address the inequities present in the lending landscape.

Nic Steele is most excited about his current role as both a lender and business advisor to entrepreneurs developing their own ideas into successful companies.
Commissioner Anabel Navarro

Commissioner Anabel Navarro

Business & Economic Development Subcommittee
Anabel Navarro, a dedicated entrepreneur, and business professional has proudly called Las Vegas home for 28 years. With an impressive 32 years of entrepreneurial experience across various industries, she has established herself as a senior figure in the business community. Currently, Anabel serves as a Senior Business Advisor and Southern NV Regional Manager at the Nevada Small Business Development Center (NevadaSBDC), where she has been an invaluable member since 2014.

Mrs. Navarro enjoys working with minority-owned small businesses, empowering entrepreneurship through training and speaking engagement to aspiring entrepreneurs to overcome challenges and succeed.

Anabel collaborates with different organizations such as United Way, The SBA, The Mexican Consulate and other North American Consulates, different Chambers of Commerce and Municipalities, in the Las Vegas area. This broad network enables her to create valuable connections and facilitate community growth. Anabel's extensive experience has garnered her respect among her peers, leading to numerous acknowledgments at the local, state, and national levels.

Anabel’s passion for serving the community goes beyond her scope of work, by volunteer work in different committees and organizations. Anabel has been part of the American Cancer Association committee; 13 years as coordinator, along with her husband, of the Christian Family Movement group; 4 years as a volunteer-educator at the church of St Thomas more, supporting the educational growth of children. Recognizing the importance of the well-being of seniors, Anabel has taken the initiative to organize a free Thanksgiving Party at the Arthur McCants Minor in Las Vegas for 13 years. Collaborating with numerous volunteers, she has created a heartwarming tradition that brings joy to the elderly in need.

Anabel gratefully serves as the Commissioner of Minority Affairs in Nevada. In this role, she advocates for minorities and works collaboratively towards creating a better tomorrow.
Commissioner Nina Gallagher

Commissioner Nina Gallagher

Healthcare Subcommittee
Nina Gallagher is currently holding the position of Development Director at Helping Hands of Vegas Valley. In this role, she is a key component of the organization's fundraising efforts and overall development strategy. With her extensive experience and expertise in the nonprofit sector, Nina is responsible for creating and implementing fundraising campaigns, cultivating relationships with donors, and overseeing funding proposals.

Nina's dedication and passion for the nonprofit sector are evident in her work. She is committed to making a positive impact on the community and utilizing her skills to advance the organization's mission. With her strong communication and interpersonal skills, she can effectively engage and inspire donors, volunteers, and staff members alike.

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Nina is actively involved in the nonprofit community. She serves as an Advisor for Foster Change. Foster Change allows her the opportunity to provide guidance, support, and expertise to the Board of Directors. She is a frequent speaker at workshops on nonprofit development and collaboration practices among potential community partners.

Nina Gallagher's role as the Development Director for a nonprofit organization is essential in ensuring the organization's long-term sustainability and growth. Her expertise in fundraising, strategic planning, and donor relations makes her an asset to the organization. With her passion for making a difference and her ability to inspire others, Nina continues to drive the organization's success in fulfilling its mission and making a positive impact on the community it serves.

She fundamentally believes that we can be a stronger community by working together while encouraging healthy partnerships that work to improve the outcomes for all families in Nevada. With great appreciation for the opportunity to serve, Nina looks forward to disseminating crucial information and resources that will help to improve the lives of those we serve.
Commissioner Jon Lau

Commissioner Jon Lau

Higher Education Subcommittee
Jon Lau has called Reno home since 1995 and for him, home will always mean Nevada. He has graduated from the University of Nevada with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration at the same university.

He is an active member of the community and volunteers his time whenever he gets the chance. He is on the board of the Northern Nevada American Public Works Association and was the 2020 Nevada Young Professional of the Year, helps plan events for the Truckee Meadows Branch American Society of Civil Engineers and was the 2020 Nevada Young Engineer of the year, is on the board of the Asian Pacific Islanders Alumni Chapter of the University of Nevada, and on the board of the Associated General Contractors Construction Leadership Council. Within these organizations Jon has helped put together volunteer opportunities and donation drives to help those in need in Northern Nevada. Jon is excited to be a part of the Commission on Minority Affairs and to be able to provide a voice to Nevada’s minorities.
Commissioner Juanny Romero

Commissioner Juanny Romero

Legislative Subcommittee
Juanny Romero is an exceptional CEO, renowned for her unwavering determination, remarkable leadership skills, and profound responsibilities in driving her organization's success. As a formidable woman-of-color, Juanny embraces her role as a fierce mama bear, tirelessly breaking barriers and carving a path of excellence.

In her capacity as CEO, Juanny assumes diverse crucial responsibilities. She navigates strategic planning, decision-making, and long-term vision, positioning her organization as an industry leader. Juanny fosters empowerment, inclusivity, and a dynamic work environment, mentoring her team to reach their full potential.

Championing ethical practices, Juanny supports fair trade and sustainable sourcing. Partnering with female farmers, she actively promotes transparency and responsible business practices, positively impacting communities.

Juanny also serves as a spokesperson and advocate for social change. She amplifies underrepresented voices, addresses systemic inequalities, and drives diversity, equity, and inclusion conversations within and beyond her industry. Her work includes working alongside state commissioners, nonprofits and other local community members to drive change in Nevada.

Her achievements have earned recognition, including VEGAS Inc's 40 Under 40, Entrepreneur of the Year, Leadership Las Vegas Alumni, and SBA Small Business Person of the Year National Runner Up.

Fueling Juanny's dedication is her unwavering devotion to investing in her community. She makes a positive impact through her family, staff, and adoring customers. Juanny crafts connections with every cup, inviting others to embrace strength and determination.

So, raise your mug in celebration of Juanny Romero, the exceptional CEO leading with passion and purpose.