Jan Gilbert, a Washoe Valley resident for over two decades, graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. She is co-founder and the Northern Nevada Coordinator of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN). A former elementary school teacher, Jan has worked on economic justice and environmental justice issues in the state for nearly 30 years. She began her advocacy work in Nevada for the League of Women Voters and served as the President of the Carson City Chapter and as a state board member. Jan has received numerous Humanitarian Awards including the Mike O’Callahan Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Truckee Meadows Human Services Association, the Hannah Humanitarian Award from the Committee to Aid Abused Women, Public Citizen of the Year from the National Association of Social Workers and the Women’s Role Model Award from the Nevada Attorney General.
She has served on the Department of Human Resources Block Grant Commission for 7 years and was the Chair of the Child Abuse Prevention, Respite, and Family Support subcommittee for two years. Jan co-founded the Nevada Empowered Women’s Project, a non-profit organization representing low-income women.
Jan has also contributed to, authored and co-authored several reports, including the 2009 and 2011 Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity: Facing Race, the 2002 Wider Opportunities for Women’s The Self Sufficiency Standard for Nevada. In addition, Jan Gilbert was a candidate for the Nevada State Assembly District 26 in 2002.