Staff

Abenicio BaldonadoAbenicio Baldonado is Think New Mexico’s Education Reform Director. Abenicio grew up in Las Vegas, New Mexico, where he is a proud graduate of Robertson High School. He earned a BA in political science and Master of Public Affairs degree from Highlands University. Abenicio went on to teach government, economics, and history in a public New Mexico charter school, and later chaired the governing board of that school. He previously served as an Ethics Officer for the Secretary of State’s Office and as the Legislative Liaison at the Public Education Department under both Republican and Democratic administrations.
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.
Susan L. MartinSusan L. Martin is Think New Mexico’s Business Manager. A graduate of the College of Santa Fe, Susan has extensive business management experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sector, from a 14-year stint at the Santa Fe Opera to her most recent position at the start-up Deep Web Technologies. In her free time, Susan volunteers with the International Folk Art Market and serves as the Majordomo of the Amy Hetegar Community Garden in Casa Solana.
Fred NathanFred 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. Fred serves on the boards of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, Santa Fe Preparatory School, and the Thornburg Foundation, and is a former trustee of his alma mater, Williams College.

Current Intern

Barbara Leppala grew up in Albuquerque and is now a junior at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, where she studies philosophy and the history of math and science. Barbara is a National Hispanic Merit Recognition Scholar. She first became interested in New Mexico politics through youth environmental advocacy and an internship with the Democratic Coordinated Campaign in 2018. Barbara then discovered her passion for policy through an internship with then-state Representative Melanie Stansbury, where she managed capital outlay requests and constituent communications. She went on to intern in Congresswoman Stansbury’s Washington, D.C. office during the summer of 2022. Barbara believes in the power of public policy to shape lives for the better, and she hopes to devote her career to crafting the policies that create a more just New Mexico.
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