• About Nelson


    Nelson Araujo is a proud Nevada native. Born in Las Vegas to parents who fled the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s for a better life in the United States, Nelson was raised on 28th Street in a single-parent household.

    His mother, a union member to this day, woke up at the crack of dawn every morning to get Nelson and his sister ready, take them to their caretaker and then go on to work long shifts as a hotel housekeeper. Despite not being able to speak English and lacking transportation, she worked tirelessly to ensure that her children had the basic resources they needed to succeed. 


    Inspired by his mother, Nelson sought to accomplish his dreams of bringing his family out of poverty by succeeding in school. Nelson is the first in his family to graduate high school and obtain his bachelor's degree in communication studies and master's degree in public administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    From an early age, Nelson realized that there were many parts of our community that needed change, so he became involved in community and civic engagement opportunities. In 2007, he began working for the office of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, where he helped establish and manage the Senator's statewide foreclosure prevention assistance efforts. 


    In 2011, Nelson joined Financial Guidance Center, Nevada's largest HUD-approved non-profit agency. There, he was responsible for oversight of Home Again: Nevada Homeowner Relief Program, a statewide program sponsored by the Office of the Nevada Attorney General intended to connect Nevadans to much-needed housing resources. By the time he left the Financial Guidance Center, the Home Again program had helped 10,000 homeowners.


    Recently, Nelson joined United Way of Southern Nevada as Senior Director of the Las Vegas Healthy Communities Coalition. He works to create systemic change by bringing various sectors together to collectively change a child's life, from cradle to career.

    In his spare time, Nelson volunteers for various organizations dedicated to improving the lives of Nevadans through advocacy and activism. Nelson currently serves on the board of directors for the Financial Guidance Center, Nevada Gives and Golden Rainbow. He is also the former Political Committee Co-Chair for the Las Vegas chapter of the Human Rights Campaign.

    Nelson is a proud son, brother and uncle. 

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    Las Vegas, NV – After a productive first term, Assemblyman Nelson Araujo has announced his plans to run for re-election in Nevada’s Assembly District 3.

    “During the 78th Legislative Session, landmark pieces of legislation that will positively impact Nevadans were passed but there is still much work to be done,” Araujo said. “It has been humbling to represent the residents of Assembly District 3 and I am ready continue the fight for our community and putting Nevada’s families first.”

    As a freshman in the Assembly, Araujo fought hard to ensure the voices of his constituents were heard. Araujo is proud to have sponsored three bills that were signed into law that protect Nevada’s youth and families.

    Assemblyman Araujo’s dedication did not end with the Legislative Session; Araujo continues to be involved in his community by participating in forums and fighting to keep Nevada’s kids in school. He looks forward to the opportunity to continue serving the constituents of District 3.

    A proud Las Vegas native, Araujo also serves as Senior Director of Collective Impact and Diversity at United Way of Southern Nevada. In his spare time, Araujo volunteers for various organizations dedicated to improving the lives of Nevadans through advocacy and activism.

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    Contact: Maria-Teresa Liebermann, mariat@ramirezgroup.com, 702-982-2915

  • Newsletters

    Re-election Kickoff & Birthday Party


    Thank you to all who were able to make it out to celebrate my 28th birthday and kick-off my re-election campaign. With your help I know we will win in 2016.

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  • School Back in Session

    With school back in session, (including my godson Noah, who started kindergarten this year!), Nevada's education system is once again at the forefront of everyday discussions. I have been a tireless advocate for education because I understand firsthand how important a quality education is to our state's future. As the first person in my family to graduate high school, I went on to attain a bachelor's and a master's degree - something that should be possible for all of Nevada's children.


    I believe that working together, we can change a child's life through education. By fixing our school system and supporting the needs of our students, parents and educators, we will create a stronger, more vibrant Nevada. During the 2015 Legislative Session, I worked to help remove the barriers that make it hard for our children to succeed in school. I look forward to continue working on improving our education system and ensuring that every child has the tools they need to be successful.

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  • 78th Legislative Session, August 2015

    Wow - It seems like just yesterday, that with the help of incredible friends like you, I was elected into the Nevada State Assembly. My experience during the 78th Legislative Session was both challenging and rewarding.

    Together, we were able to pass landmark pieces of legislation that will positively impact the lives of Nevadans. At the same time, we were able to defeat some pieces of legislation that could have been hazardous for our constituents. All in all, I am proud to have had the opportunity to stand up and fight for the residents of Assembly District 3.

    It gives me great pride to share that three of the bills I sponsored were signed into law.

    Below is a recap of the bills I sponsored this session.

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