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495 S. Main St., 89101
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Brian Knudsen was elected to represent Ward 1 in June 2019, enabling him to continue to pursue his passion of public service. Since moving to Las Vegas in 2005, Councilman Knudsen has built programs and services for people and populations in Las Vegas and continues to serve the community as a member of the City Council.

For nearly a decade, he worked in the city of Las Vegas on initiatives that shaped the downtown core, redefined the educational landscape and rethought how city services are provided to Las Vegas residents.

Councilman Knudsen has worked alongside nonprofit partners, community leaders and elected officials to expand after-school meal programs for children, and helped launch a city- and community-led initiative to improve education in our downtown core.

Councilman Knudsen has more than 15 years of experience in city and state governments as well as time spent as the chief executive officer of a large nonprofit organization and as the owner of a small business. His experience covers multiple functions of government and nonprofit organizations and has focused on creating efficiencies, strategic planning and policy development.

He is a founding member of Downtown Achieves, which became the city of Las Vegas’ inspiration for creating the Department of Youth Development and Social Innovation. In addition, he is a founding member of Nevada’s Big Give, a one-day, online giving event that has raised nearly three million dollars for Nevada charities. He also has served as vice chair of the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance, vice president of the McNeil Neighborhood Association and as a member of the Adoption Exchange Board.

Councilman Knudsen has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Utah in health education and mass communications. He also has a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California.

Brian is happily married and he and his husband have adopted two children. Councilman Knudsen believes that his children, and all Las Vegans, deserve leadership committed to making Las Vegas an even better place to live, work and play. He plans to continue to build a community that ensures equal opportunity, has great schools, provides strong public safety, preserves our neighborhoods and strives to be world class in all we do. 

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Upcoming Events

Safekey and Ignite Registration for 2019-2020 School Year

Monday, Aug. 12, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays

Cost: $20 registration fee plus $7 per morning session and/or $10 per afternoon session. 
Safekey Office, 416 N. Seventh St.

Safekey is available to students in grades K-5; Ignite is available at select middle schools for students in grades 6-8. Visit the Safekey/Ignite webpage or call 702-229-KIDS (5437) for list of participating schools and more information. Registration is available online through August.

Committed to Our Business Community

Thursday, Aug. 22, 7:30 a.m. registration, event 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Business owners and managers are invited to participate in this free event at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road. For more information and to register, visit ctobc.org. This is an opportunity to network with procurement professionals and resource organizations in Southern Nevada. Learn how your business can become a vendor to local governments and organizations! Light refreshments will be served. 

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Ward 1 Creature Feature Movie & Trunk or Treat (all ages)

Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 to 9 p.m.

Free and open to the public. 
Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave., 702-229-6359.

Bring the family in costume to enjoy trunk-or-treating, 7-7:30 p.m. and stay for a free showing of the “Hocus Pocus” movie under the stars at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration (Day of the Dead)

Saturday, Nov. 2, 4 to 10 p.m.

Free and open to the public. 
Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza in Lorenzi Park, 720 Twin Lakes Drive

Call 702-229-4924 for details on entering the ofrenda contest or participating as an artisan or food truck vendor. This is a family festival.

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