Valeria Gurr earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing at Duoc UC of The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in 2009 and a Master’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2013.

Valeria is a passionate advocate for education and children’s safety. She joined the Nevada Institute for Children’s Research & Policy team as Program Coordinator in 2015 and became the program manager in 2017, and was successful at providing child maltreatment prevention trainings to help empower both parents and the general community.

During her time at NICRP, Valeria was also working in Nevada to bring educational choices to the state since 2015, and was part of a coalition that fought to fund the ESAs. She joined the movement as a social media strategist and worked at that capacity until the end of 2016. Her experience with social media allowed her to help organize the community. Hundreds of families learned about the ESAs and the Opportunity Scholarship through these outlets and also organically organized themselves to venture into the community and support the ESAs during crucial times.

After getting so involved with families in this cause, Valeria decided to join the team on a full-time basis and fight along with the families that are desperately waiting for educational choices in a state that has low ranking of educational performances and where many children are left behind, especially low-income families. She hopes to continue organizing parents and educating the community about the benefits of allowing children to have more educational options and to think of them and their future first. By the 2019 Legislative Session, she hopes to hold elected officials accountable and make sure that they listen to the voices of their constituents.