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Gov. Sisolak announces new hires, staff promotion

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Posted at 8:43 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 11:46:21-05

NEVADA (KTNV) — Gov. Steve Sisolak announced two hires to the governor’s staff on Tuesday.

Madeline Burak is the administration's director of community outreach and constituent affairs, and the governor has hired Vincent Nava to serve as his office's press assistant.

Most recently, Madeline Burak served as the area director for The American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Houston, Texas. Prior to that, she served as chief of staff to City of Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve.

She was born and raised in Northern Nevada and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & International Affairs from the University of Nevada, Reno.

In her new role within the governor’s office, Burak will be responsible for overseeing constituent affairs and serving as the lead outreach director to local governments, community leaders, advocacy groups, and various constituencies throughout the State.

This position was previously held by Francisco Morales, who served in the office since the governor’s inauguration. After almost two years of service, Morales departed this fall to pursue new professional opportunities and focus on earning his Juris Doctorate from UNLV’s Boyd School of Law.

Prior to joining the governor’s team, Vincent Nava served as program coordinator for Community Engagement & Diversity Initiatives (CEDI) at Nevada State College and held multiple positions at NSC since earning his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also received his Master of Public Administration from UNLV.

Nava has been incredibly active as a volunteer and advocates on behalf of Nevada’s immigrant communities. As the press assistant, he will work directly with the governor’s communications director, expanding the administration’s reach throughout the State, including into Nevada’s diverse communities.

In addition to the new hires, Jessica Diss, who served as senior policy analyst since February 2019, has been promoted to Deputy General Counsel.

The governor has identified a candidate for the general counsel position within the office and will be making that announcement in mid-November.