Yvanna Cancela (born 1987) arrived in Las Vegas the summer of 2009. Fresh off a summer internship with Sen. Harry Reid in Washington, D.C., she was hired to work on Reid’s reelection
campaign. Yvanna’s political talents were blossoming as was her affection for southern Nevada.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Miami, Florida, Yvanna’s parents immigrated from Cuban. She received her Bachelor of Arts in communications in 2010 from Northwestern University.
Her move to Las Vegas ignited a passion for local politician and she made her move to Nevada more permanent. Then in 2016, she became to this first Latina to serve in the Nevada Senate
when she was appointed to succeed Ruben Kihuen. Kihuen had been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
At the time of this interview, Yvanna was studying at the Boyd School of Law. Also, she is active with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada, Culinary Workers Union Local 226,
AFL-CIO, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada and Las Vegas Urban Debate League.