|Elizabeth Farrington is an Albuquerque native who is currently studying Political Science at the University of Southern California. Elizabeth’s interest in politics began in 2018 after volunteering for Beto O’Rourke’s senate and presidential campaigns while attending Albuquerque High School. She also worked as an AVID Tutor in Albuquerque Public Schools. Before attending USC, Elizabeth served as a canvasser for the successful “Stop The Stadium” campaign in Albuquerque, as well as the 2021 Georgia Senate runoffs. While at USC, Elizabeth worked for the Karen Bass for Mayor campaign and completed a summer program in Washington D.C. with Dr. Frank Luntz, before interning with Adam Frisch’s congressional campaign in 2022. In the future, Elizabeth plans to continue working in policy and campaigns in the Southern and Southwestern United States, focusing on infrastructure and voter engagement in rural areas.
|Jules Hanisee was born and raised in Albuquerque, and is a graduate of Bosque School. She is currently an undergraduate student at Tulane University majoring in Political Science and French, and minoring in Gender-based Violence. Jules was elected to Tulane’s student government as a Sustainability and Divestment delegate, she writes for the student newspaper, and she works at a New Orleans Law firm. They are also an editorial intern at Ms. Magazine. Throughout high school, they captained the Mock Trial team, taught tennis, and served as the president of Bosque’s Thespian Troupe and Gender and Sexuality Alliance. Jules is particularly passionate about voting rights and civic engagement, LGBTQ+ affairs, and sustainability initiatives. This year, Jules worked with Headcount, an organization that promotes voter registration at festivals and concerts, to expand voting access to college students in the southern United States. In her spare time, Jules enjoys writing, playing piano, and cooking. After graduation, they plan to attend law school and work in public policy.
|Tanya Ruiz was born and raised in Santa Fe. She is currently a junior at the University of Denver pursuing two bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Psychology, along with a minor in Socio-legal Studies. In high school, Tanya interned with Santa Fe Dreamers Project, which sparked her passion for serving the immigrant community in New Mexico. She also volunteered with New Era Colorado during the 2022 midterm elections to help increase voter turnout among college students. At college, Tanya is a member and secretary of DU’s Ignite chapter, a nationwide organization that provides support for women in politics. In her free time, Tanya enjoys reading, painting, and spending time outdoors. After graduation, she plans to attend law school and continue working with the immigrant community in New Mexico and the southern United States.
|Jesús Eduardo Sánchez grew up in Rio Rancho and is currently enrolled in a BA/MA program through the University of New Mexico’s Political Science department, where he has also been recognized as an honors student. Jesús is also pursuing a BA in Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts, with his capstone project being a student-led conference about student wellness on college campuses. On campus, Jesús has been involved in ASUNM Senate, UNM College Democrats, the Agora Crisis Center, and the student publication Scribendi. Jesús is passionate about reducing economic inequality, and he has received a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship to research the question of which government programs are most effective at reducing inequality. Jesús has previously interned with Representative Melanie Stansbury and the New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee. After graduation, Jesús plans to pursue a career in policy analysis so that he can continue to shape public policy in ways that improve people’s lives.
|Andrew Schumann grew up in Rio Rancho and is New Mexico’s 2023 Truman Scholar. He served as Student Body President of College and Career High School, which he graduated from in 2020. Andrew also attended Central New Mexico Community College as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, earning six associate degrees by the time he graduated from high school. While pursuing dual bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science at the University of New Mexico, Andrew served as President of the UNM College Democrats, Chief Justice of the ASUNM Student Court, and worked as a Fred Harris Congressional Intern for U.S. Representative Teresa Leger Fernandez. He is currently completing his Master’s degree in History at UNM, with plans to pursue a Ph.D. in History or Social Policy. As the child of union organizers, Andrew hopes to bridge historical understanding and policymaking in order to advance economic justice and worker’s rights.