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.
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

Amelia Bierle is a native of Carlsbad, New Mexico. She earned a B.S. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico, and she is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy from UNM. As an undergraduate student, Amelia played soccer for the Lobos, where she was a captain and All-Mountain West Scholar. She currently volunteers as a soccer coach for young New Mexicans. Amelia has always been passionate about improving lives and communities. She initially tackled this through biomedical research, but she shifted her focus when she realized that she could make a broader impact on her community through public policy. Amelia remains tightly connected to medical research as she is a founder of a biotech startup company, Thuvia Systems LLC. Thuvia’s aim is to create innovative solutions to medication adherence with a particular focus on asthma.
Sophie Hare is a native New Mexican and rising third-year merit scholarship student at the University of Chicago, where she is majoring in Public Policy, with a dual concentration in healthcare and immigration studies, and minoring in Spanish. At UChicago, Sophie tutors immigrants studying for the US citizenship exam and serves on the Student Advisory Boards of both David Axelrod’s Institute of Politics and the College’s Public Policy Department. Sophie has previously interned with the political consulting firm Seven Letter Strategies in Washington, DC, and with KJD Strategies in Chicago. She has volunteered on many New Mexico campaigns, including that of Senator Ben Ray Luján. Prior to college, Sophie spent a year working in Madrid to improve her Spanish. She hopes to pursue a career in public policy and work for institutional change on the state and federal level.
Ciara “Key” Macfarland was born and raised in Albuquerque and graduated from the Albuquerque Academy in 2018. Key is currently a rising senior at Colorado College, where she is pursuing a major in Political Science with a special interest in law and a minor in English. At Colorado College, Key is a member of the swim team, where she became the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference champion in the 400 IM and the recipient of the Rookie of the Year award as a freshman. She is currently an officer for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, focusing on diversity and inclusion in the athletic department. Key previously interned for Collins and Collins, P.C., where she researched inequities in the New Mexico private prisons. Key plans to attend law school and pursue a career in criminal justice reform and civil rights law. She hopes to return to New Mexico to tackle the injustices in the correctional facilities across the state.
Rise Miller is a fourth generation New Mexican who earned degrees in Public Policy and History from Duke University. At Duke, Rise was Programming Director for the university’s radio station, WXDU, and an officer for the Duke History Union. He also qualified for the University National Championships in Olympic Weightlifting and helped found the Duke Barbell Club. Rise previously interned with Senator Ben Ray Luján and the New Mexico Environmental Law Center. Rise will begin work at the Boston Consulting Group in January 2022, and he ultimately hopes to return to New Mexico and pursue a career in public policy.
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