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Brune, Nancy Elizabeth Luffman


The tapestry of Nancy E. Brune’s life story begins as a child being raised in Austin, Texas, by two culturally diverse parents, Jill Parker, a bio geneticist from England, and Roger Brune, a Chicano activist born to Mexican immigrants. As college graduates, her parents nurtured Nancy to seek her educational dream—which she did. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard, a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard, and a PhD from Yale. Her post-doctoral studies include research fellowships at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania.

While her studies include living and working globally, Las Vegas became home in 2007. That year she, her husband Richard Boulware, and their three children moved to Nevada. Nancy spent the first three years commuting to Sandia Laboratories in New Mexico, teaching as an adjunct professor at Nevada State College and the College of Southern Nevada. Eventually in 2014, she was tapped to be the founding director of the Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities, a bi-partisan think-tank committed to working on economic and political issues in Nevada.