Yvanna Cancela represents Nevada’s 10th district in the State Senate. She was appointed to the seat in December 2016 and became the first Latina to ever serve in the Chamber. Her work during the 2017 session focused on drug cost transparency and increasing access to affordable healthcare. As a first term legislator, she chaired the Natural Resources committee and served on Commerce and Labor.
Yvanna’s career has been dedicated to community engagement and mobilization.
When not in session, Yvanna works as the executive director of the Immigrant Workers Citizenship Project. She leads the state’s only organization to offer free help with naturalization applications.
Previously, Cancela was the political director at UNITE HERE’s Local 226, the Culinary Workers Union; the state’s largest labor union. In her role, Yvanna developed the political training, strategy, and mobilization programs for members.
In 2014, Yvanna was named a White House Champion of Change for her work in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform.
Prior to her work at the union, Yvanna moved to Las Vegas to work as a field organizer for Senator Harry Reid’s re-election campaign in 2010.
Yvanna has dedicated herself to ensuring that people who are often left out of political discourse have a loud voice.
Yvanna graduated from Northwestern University in 2010 with a degree in communication studies. She is a first generation college student and the proud daughter of Cuban immigrants.