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June Featured Guest - Irene Bustamante Adams - Nevada Assemblywoman

Irene Bustamante Adams

Irene Bustamante Adams was first elected to the Nevada Assembly representing Assembly District 42 in 2010. As a freshman legislator, Irene was appointed vice-chair of the Assembly Government Affairs Committee where she served with distinction.

The second of five children, Irene was raised in the farming community of Kerman, California. Starting at a very young age, she and her siblings worked the agricultural fields alongside her parents. Irene became the first in her family to go to college. She worked her way through college and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Fresno.

After college Irene embarked on an 18-year executive career with MGM Resorts International, one of the world's leading global hospitality companies. There, she served as Director of Construction Diversity for CityCenter, responsible for implementing and advancing a program ensuring worker diversity in the massive urban development project. Irene played an instrumental role in launching the company's corporate diversity program which positioned MGM Resorts International as a leader among other Fortune 500 companies committed to diversity.

Active in the community on a local and national level, Irene currently serves on the boards and councils of the Latin Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, Organizations of Chinese Americans, Association of Latino Professional in Finance and Accounting and Emerge Nevada. Irene is the recipient of many prestigious awards:

  • 2012 Woman of the Year - Emerge Nevada
  • 2011 National Trailblazer Award - Emerge America
  • 2004 Community Service Award - Latin Chamber of Commerce
  • 2004 Rising Star Award - National Association of Women Business Owners, Southern Nevada

In 2007, Irene became the first Latina in Nevada history to obtain an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree from UNLV. Irene has lived in Las Vegas nearly 20 years and is married to Army Sergeant Brad Adams, who recently completed his third tour of combat duty in Afghanistan.