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 Interns

Malina BrannenMalina Brannen is a rising senior at Georgetown University where she is pursuing a B.A. in Government and a minor in Spanish. Originally from Santa Fe, Malina has worked on local political campaigns and in New Mexico legislative offices, including for Speaker Brian Egolf and Representative Matt McQueen, as well as in the D.C. office of Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez and the policy office of the U.S. Department of the Interior. She currently serves as the Chief Operations Officer for Leading Women of Tomorrow, a national organization working to encourage young women to pursue careers in public service. Malina’s primary interests include finding effective policy to combat the climate crisis, humanize the immigration process, and integrate equity and justice into our governmental systems.

Alyssa-Noelle CapuanoAlyssa-Noelle Capuano
graduated from La Cueva high school in Albuquerque in 2019. She is now a rising senior at the University of New Mexico, majoring in Political Science, working on her MBA, and minoring in French. At UNM, she served as President of the Community Association, where she collaborated with other dorms to put on programs for hundreds of students living on campus. Alyssa-Noelle was also the treasurer of the Circle K Kiwanis club, a volunteer club where she volunteered at homeless shelters and Roadrunner food bank. In 2022, she received a Fred Harris internship and spent a semester interning in Senator Lujan’s office in Washington, DC. Alyssa-Noelle previously interned with state Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino. She is passionate about women’s rights and healthcare access and plans to pursue a career in politics after college.

Salomon Moises Cordova
recently graduated from St. John’s College in Santa Fe with a B.A. in Liberal Arts, double majoring in the history of mathematics and science, and philosophy, and double minoring in classical studies and comparative literature. Born in Cedar Crest and raised throughout central New Mexico, Salomon is a Native New Mexican of Spanish, Genizaro, Apache, Cherokee, and Appalachian descent. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force directly after high school and served for six years on active duty as an Aerial-Logistician, where he worked on operations throughout the continental United States as well as locations across Europe, and Western and Central Asia. During his time at St. John’s, he served on the College History Task Force, the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, and the Student Advisory Committee, and also taught art classes at the local Boys & Girls Club.
Abigail Goldstein graduated from Harvard University in 2021 with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Policy while running cross-country and track for the University of New Mexico. In college, Abbe was a member of Harvard’s track and cross-country teams, served as a freshman peer advisor, and was part of the Massachusetts Small Claims Advisory service. Abbe’s main interests include immigration and criminal justice reform, sparked in part by her time interning with an immigration nonprofit in her hometown of Philadelphia where she assisted clients in navigating the asylum process. Abbe aspires to have a career oriented towards implementing systemic and progressive change in domestic social policy.
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