Digital Equity Project Manager
Nelly Nieblas is a first-generation Mexican-Salvadoran woman and college graduate with a physical disability. As TURN’s Digital Equity Project Manager, Nelly spearheads TURN’s grassroots efforts to close the digital divide in California and ensure affordable, reliable, and high-quality Internet service for all California residents.
Nelly previously worked for RespectAbility as Manager for Advocacy, Policy, and Civic Engagement, where she focused on Workforce Development and Education. She is also a City Commissioner on the Personnel Advisory Board for the City of Montebello.
Nelly was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as the Legislation and Public Information Manager at the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities. She served in this role from 2015 to 2016.
In her previous role as the Director of Public Policy & External Affairs at Public Allies, Nelly worked with Congress and the Obama Administration to protect SSDI benefits for People with Disabilities and was an invitee to the first-ever White House Forum on Nonprofits in 2013.
Her roles with local government include her tenure at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services and working in the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. She was also a United Nations Observer for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and a Program Analyst in Mexico’s Office of the Secretary of Education and Health.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. She is a graduate of Emerge California, New Leaders Council, HOPE Leadership Institute, and a member of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University.