Commission on Minority Affairs Members

Anna Siefert

Anna has over 30 years of leadership and management experience, which includes training, facilitation, program development, retail/banking management, human resources, and customer service, as well as owned and operated two very successful businesses; seventeen years of which were in small business development. She has developed and continues to maintain strong relationships with clients, and community resources partners at all levels.

Anna believes in giving back to the community where she lives. She currently is serving as a Commissioner on the Department of Business and Industry - Commission on Minority Affairs. She has also served on numerous other Boards/organizations.

Anna‘s passion to serve the underserved small businesses has earned her numerous awards/recognition which include:

  • 2014 Small Business Administration – Lifetime Advocate
  • 2012 Advocate of the Year – The Nevada Minority Supplier Development Council
  • 2010 U.S. Small Business Administration – Small Business Award
  • Micheal Graham Entrepreneurial Spirit Award (Nevada Only)
  • 2009 Women Business Enterprise Council – West Nevada Community Resource Partner of The Year Award
  • 2008 National Association of Women Business Owners- Women of Distinction Award
Jane Lee
Vice Chair
A strong advocate for the small business community, Jane is involved in the Business Development Advisory Council, the Regional Business Development Council and the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council. She is the president of Jadon Foods, a gluten free bakery able to accommodate multiple dietary challenges.
Semilla Neal

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.

Cedric Cole

Commissioner Cedric Cole currently serves as the Executive Manager of Diversity and Affirmative Action/ADA programs for the Clark County School District (CCSD). He is responsible for investigating and resolving internal complaints for the CCSD and for responding to all external complaints filed by employees or members of the public with organizations such as the Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NERC) or the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Mr. Cole serves on the Clark County School District Superintendent’s executive cabinet, advising the superintendent and cabinet members on policy, procedures and initiatives that may have a direct impact on the community and employees.


Mr. Cole has worked as a Compliance Investigator with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, Neighborhood Initiatives Supervisor for the City of Las Vegas, Management Analyst for the Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services, Deputy Director of the Southern Nevada Workforce Investment Board (now Workforce Connections) and he has served as Deputy Director of Nevada Partners Inc., in charge of workforce investment programs and strategies.


Mr. Cole is a Las Vegas native and graduate of Rancho High School, and he holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and a graduate certificate in Public Management also from UNLV. 

Kari Emm

Kari Emm is currently employed with the University of Nevada, Reno as Coordinator of Transfer Recruitment in the Office for Prospective Students.  Preceding this position Ms. Emm was the University’s Outreach and Retention Coordinator and coordinated the Intertribal Higher Education Program for the Center for Student Cultural Diversity.

A native Nevadan, Ms. Emm was raised on the Walker River Paiute Indian Reservation in Schurz,NV, and is a member of the Yerington Paiute Tribe.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno, a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Equity and Diversity in higher education from the University of Nevada, Reno.  

In addition, Ms. Emm is currently the President of the Native American Alumni Chapter at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Prior to working for the University, Ms. Emm spent three years as Public Affairs Specialist and Special Emphasis Program Manager for American Indians at the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Amar Chadha

Amar Chadha is a Mortgage Banker/Consultant and has been in the industry for 8 years. Amar has been the recipient of Owner Circles Awards 4 times in the last 6 years. His current focus has been on low income neighborhood programs to stabilize the low income areas in Las Vegas.

Amar is a May 2013 graduate of the FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy and is a proud member of the FBI Alumni Association. He loves organizing events that introduce the Indian culture into local communities. He has also served on the Sikh Temple Las Vegas Board of Directors and a Management Member. As a member of the Faith Based Homeland Security Team, Amar works very closely with LVMPD. He also belongs to the Immigration Community Interfaith Group and has served on the committee of Las Vegas Indian Chamber of Commerce. Amar was nominated to represent the Sikh community of Nevada to visit the White House for the Congregation.

In 1998, Amar earned an MBA in Finance from Victoria University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to that, he earned his Bachelors of Commerce in Business Management from Delhi University, India. He is a self directed, enthusiastic, hardworking and energetic person with the ability to quickly and effectively relate to both peers and clients. He believes nothing is impossible if you work toward it with an open mind.