Leadership

 

The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE is led by an impressive group of community and business leaders who assist with fundraising, awareness-building and provide critical input to City staff on key issues.

The fortitude of any organization depends solely on the quality of its leadership.

-Richard Bydder

Ivette Fernandez, Chair

Ivette Fernandez is Vice President of Government Affairs for Endeavor, the parent of multiple entertainment companies, including UFC®, William Morris Endeavor, IMG, Professional Bull Riders and Miss Universe.  Ivette is a Commissioner on the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, Board Member and Vice Chair of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, and a Member of the Winning for Women Advisory Committee, Hispanic Scholarship Fund Las Vegas Advisory Council, and Junior League of Las Vegas. Ivette has traveled to over 30 countries and 30 states in the U.S. and speaks three languages. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Ivette won the title of Miss Alaska USA and Miss Congeniality in 2000, and she competed in the 2001 Miss USA Pageant. Ivette received her bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University and her master’s degree from Georgetown University.

Gian Brosco, Secretary

Gian Brosco is President & CEO, Nevada Community Foundation. A former attorney and banker, Gian brings more than 15 years’ experience in the fields of philanthropy, law, fundraising and banking to his role with the Nevada Community Foundation.  Previously, he spent four years with The Rhode Island Foundation as a development officer and gift planning advisor before joining U.S. Trust Bank of America, where he served as Vice President for the Philanthropic Management Group. While at U.S. Trust, Gian counseled individuals, families and private foundations on their philanthropy and advised institutional clients around governance and nonprofit management issues. He also served as an expert for the bank’s clients on the subjects of philanthropy and planned giving, leadership and governance, fiduciary and tax matters. In his career, Gian has advised more than 1,000 public charities, private foundations, individuals and families on all aspects of charitable giving and philanthropy and is one of fewer than 175 BoardSource © Certified Governance Trainers, globally. During Gian’s tenure at Nevada Community Foundation (2008- present), the organization has experienced exponential growth during a period of extraordinary economic upheaval, growing from $14.9mm to more than $260mm, today. Gian received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Georgetown University and completed his Juris Doctor from New England School of Law. A Greenspun Distinguished Professor of Practice at UNLV’s School of Public Policy and Leadership, Gian taught graduate courses in 21st Century Leadership and Public Policy. 

Dr. Roy Whitmore, PHd

Roy Whitmore is a Program Chair at the University of Phoenix College of Business and Information Technology where he leads over 250 local and online faculty across four states. He also teaches business and ethics at DePaul University and previously served on a board for DePaul’s School of Continuing and Professional Education. He owns Whitmore Consulting, committed to developing authentic leaders, sustainable (ethical) businesses, and long-term strategic alliances with client companies. He earned his undergraduate degree in business, a master’s degree in business, a graduate certificate in Applied Leadership for Professionals from DePaul University. Additionally, he received a master’s and Ph.D. in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. His book Misled, Hidden Colors of America details his remarkable personal and professional journey which inspires all Americans to join as one America.

Dr. Lisa Morris Hibbler, Treasurer 

Dr. Lisa Morris Hibbler is Chief Community Services Officer, City of Las Vegas. She began her career with the city of Las Vegas in 1997 and has served in many positions, including as the city’s Youth Development & Social Innovation Department director. An ICMA Credentialed Manager. Dr. Morris Hibbler oversees the Department of Parks & Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Department of Youth Development & Social Initiatives, and the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE. Dr. Morris Hibbler is a proven strategist with extensive experience in community, youth, and workforce development, affordable housing & homeless services, and neighborhood revitalization.  Dr. Morris Hibbler was recognized as a 2021 Women to Watch by the Nevada Business Magazine and a 2021 Women Inspiring Nevada Honoree by Vegas Inc. In 2017, she received the ICMA Community Heroes Award. Dr. Morris Hibbler currently serves on the Allegiant Stadium Community Advisory Board. From 2017 to 2020, she was elected to serve as a trustee on the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council. Dr. Morris Hibbler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and a Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of La Verne, California. In 2012, she completed the Judicial Administration Graduate Certification at Michigan State University, and in 2018 earned an Educational Leadership and Management Graduate Certificate from Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. 

John Tippins 

John Tippins is Founder & CEO of Northcap Commercial. A prolific real estate developer, owner, operator in multifamily, retail and office projects, he is currently involved in multiple real estate companies as an operating partner or broker for  Starwood Capital, TPG, LeFrak Organization, the FDIC, Dune Real Estate Partners, Silverstein Properties, Southern Land Companies, and others. He was a partner in the development of the LVMPD headquarters in downtown Las Vegas, which represented a consolidation of over 60 leases into one developed headquarters. John has recently closed, in partnership, three land deals for development with the City Of Las Vegas.  John has been involved in over 100 transactions in Downtown Las Vegas throughout his career. John graduated with a bachelor’s in marketing from UNLV and is a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas, Class of 2007.  In addition to other organizations, John is on the Advisory Board for UNLV

Advisory Committee


Co-Chair

Dr. Roy Whitmore, University of Phoenix

Co-Chair

Jorge Cervantes, City of Las Vegas

  • Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, City of Las Vegas
  • Andy Abboud, Las Vegas Sands
  • Allan & Kristine Creel, Philanthropist
  • Cindy Ellis, Nevada Women’s Philanthropy
  • Bruce Ford, City National Bank
  • Brian Formisano, Wells Fargo
  • Maria Gatti, MGM Resorts International
  • Dr. Gard Jameson, Jameson Family Trust
  • Brian Kunec, KB Home
  • Rose McKinney-James, McKinney-James & Associates
  • Justin Micatrotto, Luna Foundation
  • Tony Sanchez III, NV Energy
  • Ann Simmons-Nicholson, The Simmons Group
  • Tom Thomas, Thomas & Mack Co.