CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) – Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has chosen Yvanna Cancela, a former state lawmaker who resigned in January to take a post in President Joe Biden’s administration, to become his next Chief of Staff.
“She brings a unique understanding of state government, political experience and the ability to build broad coalitions,” the governor said in a statement Monday.
Cancela, 33, will start as the most senior member of Sisolak’s senior staff on September 1 and replace current Chief of Staff Michelle White, who announced her intention to leave last month.
She has worked in Nevada politics since 2010 when she moved to Las Vegas for the re-election campaign of former US Senator Harry Reid. She then served as political director of the powerful Culinary Workers Union and was appointed to a vacant seat in the State Senate in 2016, after Ruben Kihuen was elected to serve in the United States Congress.
As the first Latina in the Nevada Senate, she gained a reputation as a progressive among Democrats for pushing efforts to expand oversight of the pharmaceutical industry through drug price transparency measures and to prevent evictions. . She was an early supporter of Biden’s 2020 campaign and spoke at the Democratic National Convention in August.