Kristina G. FisherKristina G. Fisher is Think New Mexico’s Associate Director, intern supervisor, and webmaster. A lifelong New Mexican, she graduated first in her class from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Natural Resources Journal. Kristina is a recipient of the national Harry S. Truman Fellowship for Leadership and Public Service and the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Award for Excellence in Environmental Studies. She is active in land, water, and environmental justice issues across New Mexico.
Jennifer HalbertJennifer Halbert is Think New Mexico’s Business Manager. She brings to the organization a deep love of Santa Fe and New Mexican culture and a passion for improving the lives of others, as well as many years of experience in business management and administration in a variety of settings. When not at the office, you can find Jennifer exploring local thrift shops and getting involved in the community she loves.
fred2016Fred Nathan, Jr. founded Think New Mexico and is its Executive Director. Fred served as Special Counsel to New Mexico Attorney General Tom Udall from 1991-1998. In that capacity, he was the architect of several successful legislative initiatives and was in charge of New Mexico’s lawsuit against the tobacco industry, which resulted in a $1.25 billion settlement for the state.
Othiamba UmiOthiamba Umi, Think New Mexico’s Field Director, was born in Albuquerque and grew up in Hobbs, New Mexico. He graduated from Santa Fe Preparatory School and went on to earn B.A.’s in Spanish and Psychology and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico, where he was active in student government and served as Student Bar Association President. Before joining Think New Mexico, Othiamba produced programs for KUNM radio and was an Assistant Trial Attorney with the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Current Interns

Shea FallickShea Fallick is an Albuquerque native and a senior studying Math and Economics at Emory University. His interest in government began in high school with his tenure as a councilman on the Albuquerque Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, where he worked to strengthen the youth voice in city politics and increase youth engagement in civic service. The past two summers, Shea served as a State Intern at Senator Tom Udall’s Albuquerque office, where he conducted policy research, relayed community feedback and insights to the Senator’s staff, and helped constituents navigate federal programs. After his internship with Think New Mexico, Shea will be working as the Campus Affairs Intern at the Anti-Defamation League’s national office in New York City.
Peyton LawrenzPeyton Lawrenz grew up in Santa Fe and graduated from Santa Fe Prep in 2015. She is currently a Junior pursuing a concentration in Politics (Political Theory) and certificates in Hellenic Studies and Diplomacy at Princeton University. Growing up in Santa Fe, Peyton worked with Head Start and Breakthrough, which helps students in grades 7-12 from underserved public schools become the first in their families to attend college. She has continued to pursue her commitment to service at Princeton, volunteering as an English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor for adult students in Trenton, NJ and co-leading the service committee for a fundraising initiative for Eden Autism Services. Brimming with school spirit, Peyton is a campus tour guide and is passionate about art, working in the University Art Museum. After college, Peyton plans to earn a J.D. and pursue a career in international service.
Joli McSherryJoli McSherry was born and raised in Deming, New Mexico. She is currently a senior majoring in Government and History at New Mexico State University. At NMSU, Joli has been a member of the Model United Nations team for several years, and she now serves as the organization’s President. Joli is also involved in student government, serving as Vice President of the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences Council, and she has been a student panelist for the statewide Domenici Public Policy Conference. Joli is passionate about writing and scholarship, and she looks forward to furthering her academic research by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs.
Abel RomeroAbel Romero is a native of Belen, New Mexico, and a graduate of Amy Biehl High School. He is currently pursuing a degree in American Studies and Political Science at Williams College. Abel is an elected representative on the Williams College Council, serves on the Committee on Community and Diversity, and is on the board of the Williams College Law Society. At home, he is involved in local community organizations including Respect Albuquerque Women and the Valencia Community Action Network, which seeks to increase community engagement and connection in Valencia County. He also actively volunteers in local politics. After graduating from college, Abel plans to earn a J.D. and pursue a career in law in New Mexico, with a focus on civil rights and social justice.
Phil WilkinsonPhil Wilkinson grew up in Albuquerque and graduated from Albuquerque Academy in 2012. He earned his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Global Affairs and History from Yale University in 2017. In high school, Phil studied abroad in Mexico, Spain, and Nicaragua. During college, he was awarded fellowships to pursue linguistic training in China and academic research in Italy, England, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Phil is particularly interested in the interplay between domestic politics and foreign policy. In the international realm, he served as President of Global China Connection, an organization of over 60 university chapters working to improve understanding between Chinese and non-Chinese student leaders. He spent the following summer interning in Washington, DC at the Council of the Americas think tank. In the realm of domestic politics, Phil took a leave of absence from Yale in 2016 to work on the Latino Vote Team at Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, NY. An avid cellist and singer, Phil has performed concerts on all six inhabited continents with the Yale Spizzwinks a cappella group. After interning at Think New Mexico, Phil will read for an MPhil degree in History at Cambridge University.
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