LAS VEGAS— Nevada Donor Network Foundation (NDNF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jan Jones Blackhurst as a founding board member. Jones Blackhurst is the former mayor of City of Las Vegas and a member of the Caesars Entertainment Board of Directors.
As a member of the NDNF board, Jones Blackhurst’s background and leadership experience will help the foundation’s mission to maximize the gift of life and health through organ and tissue donation.
Jones Blackhurst brings over 20 years of executive experience from Caesars Entertainment Corp., where she created the casino industry’s first regulatory practices for problem gaming. She served as the executive vice president of Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility since 1999 and in 2019, Jones Blackhurst was appointed to Caesars Entertainment’s Board of Directors.
An advocate for workplace diversity and equality, Jones Blackhurst helped Caesars Entertainment earn a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for 10 consecutive years and led the company’s Gender Equity Initiative. She also served as chair of the Caesars Foundation, strengthening communities through philanthropic activities.
Jones Blackhurst has recently been named chief executive in residence at UNLV’s International Gaming Institute. In this position, she is leading the school’s efforts to support gender equity through UNLV’s “Expanding the Leaderverse” program.
In addition to serving as a board member for NDNF, Jones Blackhurst serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Women’s Leadership Board at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is also chairwoman of the Nevada Resort Association and Las Vegas Stadium Authority.
Jones Blackhurst holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Stanford University and attended the University of Southern California’s School of Food Marketing Management.
About Nevada Donor Network
Nevada Donor Network is a federally designated 501©(3) not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) committed to maximizing the gift of life and health through organ and tissue donation. Established in 1987, Nevada Donor Network is one of only 58 OPOs in the U.S. serving more than three million people in the state of Nevada and 110,000 potential transplant recipients across the country. They work collaboratively with hospital staff and community partners to promote research and provide a strong support network to courageous donor families who’ve turned loss into hope. At Nevada Donor Network, they encourage Nevadans to help individuals in need of life-saving transplants through education, research and action. Nevada Donor Network is a member of Donate Life Nevada, an affiliate of Donate Life America, whose state-wide efforts encourage Nevadans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. For more information, please visit www.nvdonor.org/