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.
Mandi TorrezMandi J. Torrez is Think New Mexico’s Education Reform Director. Mandi was the 2020 New Mexico Teacher of the Year. She has a decade of experience teaching third and fourth grade in the Bernalillo Public Schools, and she was recognized as that district’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. Mandi holds a BS in Journalism and an MS in Integrated Elementary and Special Education, and before becoming a teacher, she worked at the Farmington Daily Times as the News Editor and as Copy Editor. Prior to joining Think New Mexico, Mandi served as Teacher Liaison at the Public Education Department from 2020-2022.

Current Intern

Jackie Munro-Vahey is a second-year student at the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she is a staff member of the New Mexico Law Review and the co-president of the student Association of Public Interest Law. She holds a BFA in Photography from New York University and an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico. Prior to law school, Jackie worked in public health and as a documentary filmmaker. She engaged communities, including immigrant farmers and young mothers in recovery from substance use disorder, in media trainings, resulting in multi-platform campaigns that promoted community health programs and exposed the root causes of health disparities. Simultaneously, Jackie directed the award-winning documentary film Una Nueva Tierra (A New Land), tracing the struggles of three families living on the Pajarito Mesa outside of Albuquerque. Wanting to be more directly involved in making the structural changes to improve the day-to-day lives of the communities she served, Jackie decided to attend law school. She is specifically interested in pursuing policy change as a tool to increase equity in New Mexico.
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