Miles DicksonBoard Chair
Miles Dickson is a third-generation Las Vegan with expertise and practical insight in the areas of government and public affairs, public policy, strategy, social responsibility, and organizational development. His skillfulness in consortium development, analysis, and project management allows him to help clients make the most of their engagement efforts, develop sustainable internal capacity, and create value for their organizations and communities.
As a Principal with Las Vegas-based management consulting firm The JABarrett Company, Miles serves as a senior advisor and project manager for clients spanning the private, public, and social sectors.
His unique experience includes past positions with: Three Square, Southern Nevada’s food bank and distribution hub; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P.; and Moonridge Group, a philanthropic advising firm that assists individuals, corporations, and nonprofits in developing and managing their charitable investments. Prior to law school, Miles spent more than seven years in the golf industry, including nearly three years as the director of a sales and wholesale operation.
He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he received the Dean’s Award and was selected to deliver his class’s commencement address. He also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, with a minor in Business Law, from UNLV. Miles’ work and community involvement have been profiled in VEGAS Magazine, multiple UNLV publications, and Vegas SEVEN, which named him to its annual Most Intriguing People list. He currently serves on the Boyd School of Law Dean’s Advisory Council, Regional Advisory Board for Teach for America Las Vegas Valley, and on the Board of Directors for Opportunity 180.
Maureen Schafer is the Chief of Staff for the UNLV School of Medicine. Since 2014, UNLV Medicine’s three (3) year launch, Ms. Schafer has supported infrastructure development towards a successful LCME provisional accreditation, a charter class of 60 students representing 22% diversity, secured more than $150 million in state, local and private funding support and transitioned a faculty practice plan and GME program that in total represents a School of over 850 employees and an estimated $140 million operation. Schafer also leads the Council for a Better Nevada, a CEO leadership organization who address issues such as revenue policy, transportation, judicial reform, K-12 / higher education progress, campaign finance reform and other infrastructure needs that positively impact quality of life for all Nevadans.
Previously, Ms. Schafer served as the Chief Emerging Business Officer for the Cleveland Clinic Nevada after leading the non-profit Keep Memory Alive’s (KMA) $74 million acquisition by the Cleveland Clinic while serving as KMA’s Chief Executive Officer. Schafer has served on two U.S. House Congressional campaigns as political director and as a senior aide to a Nevada State Senator. Ms. Schafer carries extensive experience in the commercial real estate sector with a focus on commercial, retail and entertainment projects and the hospitality sector, having spent an early part of her career with the Four Seasons Hotel Company.
Ms. Schafer participates in various community & social board engagements. Current affiliations include the Stanford Center for Longevity and the Leadership Council for Conservation International. Past engagements include a founding Commissioner on the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security, the Agassi Preparatory Academy Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Nevada Community Foundation, where under her leadership the Foundation’s endowment grew from $13 million to $150 million.
Ms. Schafer holds a BS and an MBA from the George Washington University.
Personal interests include travel, gardening and sports. Ms. Schafer was a competitive college athlete in soccer and rowing and has competed as an ultra-marathoner and IRONMAN triathlete.
Francisco serves as General Counsel for Agassi Graf, the management company for Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf, and the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. He is responsible for communications and media, marketing and brand management, strategic partnerships, government and legal affairs. Prior to joining Agassi Graf, he served as Special Counsel to the Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education, and as a lawyer for the parent company of the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, KSNV Channel 3 and 16 other NBC affiliates.
In May 2004, he graduated from The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law with a Juris Doctor as well as from The University of Arizona Eller Graduate College of Management with an MBA. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and accounting from The University of Arizona where he was elected to serve as Student Body President representing 35,000 students.
Francisco is a member of the Nevada, California, and Arizona Bars. He also serves as a member of the board of directors for Sletten Construction Company, the Las Vegas Bowl, the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, the University of Arizona James E. Rogers Law College Board of Visitors, the University of Arizona Foundation National Leadership Council and the Marshall Foundation in Tucson, Arizona. For eight years Francisco served on the Nevada Athletic Commission which regulates boxing and mixed martial arts. He served two years as Chairman of the Commission.