Commissioner Semilla N. Neal (formerly Semilla Cooper) was born in California, however, Mrs. Neal considers Las Vegas home since she has lived in this community for most of her life. She is a proud product of the Clark County School District and a graduate of Las Vegas Academy. Since that time, Mrs. Neal has gone on to earn a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Georgia State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Mrs. Neal has been a successful Grant Writer since 2010 and is directly responsible for helping several small nonprofit organizations procure grant funding, which included grants for food for disadvantaged families, hygiene items for girls housed in Clark County Detention Center, classroom supplies used for transitional courses for former gang involved youth and supplies that were sent to support improvement of Temas, an orphanage in Liberia.
Semilla Neal continues to serve the Las Vegas community through her volunteer efforts. She has worked with organizations such as the Pearls of Henderson, whose primary focus is to generate awareness about the issues confronting juvenile victims of Human Sex Trafficking. The group, which is one of Mrs. Neal’s flagship volunteer efforts, was recognized by the Clark County Board of Commissioners for its advocacy in 2013. Continuing in that same vein of service, Mrs. Neal has partnered with national organizations such as the Salvation Army, offering life kits for victims, mentorship and therapeutic services.
Mrs. Neal has continues her commitment and service to the community as she now serves on the Nevada’s Commission on Minority Affairs, a post she has held since January 2013. Since her appointment to the Commission, Mrs. Neal has worked on several ad-hoc committees of the Commission; to include its education committee whose focus at this point is studying the impact, achievement gaps is having on minority children. She has also worked on the Commission’s housing and workforce development committees and she has chaired its Health subcommittee, exploring health and wellness issues affecting minority population groups, a topic she was invited to speak about during 2013 NSHE Diversity Summit. She currently serves as Board Member for Dash for Donors and as an Advisory Committee Member for the National Alliance of Research Associates Programs.
Through all of Mrs. Neal’s accomplishments, one of her most prized has been the establishment of “Leave it to Mama" - a brand established to encourage all moms through mentorship.