Early Voting October 22 - November 4
Election Day November 8th


Hello! I am Irene Cepeda and I am running to represent District D on the Clark County School District Board of Trustees. I have spent my entire life in this district. I went to Fay Herron Elementary School, Von Tobel Middle School and Canyon Springs High School. My teenager attends Valley High School.


As a mom of a teen and toddler, I know the struggles families face. The district and the nation face steep challenges. I am and will continue to be committed to good governance work because in the face of all these challenges, I see our community’s brilliance.

I have both the personal and professional experience to represent what is in the best interest of our students and staff.

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Growing up, my mother and father worked long hours, my dad as an exterminator and my mother in the kitchens at the Bellagio. They migrated to the United States from Nicaragua in the 1980s. Many would have said I was “at-risk” just because of my parent’s language, job, education and income level. But, I had teachers who believed in me, challenging curriculum, and parents who ensured that education and extracurricular activities were always a priority in our home.

My parents’ sacrifice paid off. 


I earned a Masters of Education and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Latin American Studies from UNLV. I’ve been blessed with an amazing career in Higher Education. I love my work and the community I live and serve in.


I have over a decade of educational experience.


  • Title V Project Director, NSC College of Education

  • Director, Latino Youth Leadership Conference

  • Past Chair, Latino Youth Leadership Foundation


  • GEAR UP Ambassador | College Access Specialist, College of Southern Nevada.

  • Teaching Assistant, UNLV College of Education

  • Graduate Assistant, Associate for the Study of Higher Education

  • Service-Learning Coordinator, College of Southern Nevada

  • Program Instructor, After-School All-Stars

  • Economic Development Assistant, City of North Las Vegas

  • Intern, CCSD Real Property Management

Professional Presentations:

​"Messaging Grit: Intent and Mindfulness for Practitioners." Presented to State ACT Conference, February 2016

"Grit and Belongingness, It is in the Details." Presented to GEAR UP West Conference, October 2014"


"Feedback, Conflict, and Communication." Presented to Sigma Omega Nu National Conference, August 2013



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