Cancela was born to Cuban immigrants in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Miami, Florida. She graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in communications in 2010. During the summer of 2009, she interned in Harry Reid's United States Senate office. She then moved to Nevada to work on Reid's 2010 reelection campaign.
Cancela served as the political director for the Culinary Workers Union for six years. She now serves as executive director of the Immigrant Workers Citizenship Project. In 2016, she was appointed to the Nevada Senate to succeed Ruben Kihuen, who was elected to the United States House of Representatives. She became the first Latina to serve in the Nevada Senate.
- Snyder, Riley (January 17, 2017). "Freshman Orientation: State Senator Yvanna Cancela". The Nevada Independent. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
- "3 apply for Ruben Kihuen's vacant Senate District 10 seat". 1 December 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
- Davidson, Michael Scott (January 31, 2017). "Yvanna Cancela chosen to fill Ruben Kihuen's Senate District 10 seat". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
|This article about a Nevada politician is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|