Pat cut his teeth in New Mexico media and politics serving as a public information officer for the state. Active in politics and the community, before joining ProgressNow NM in 2011 as the founding Executive Director, Pat volunteered on numerous political campaigns and provided communications support to several local non-profits. Pat has served on the boards of several non-profits promoting economic development, the arts, public safety, and supporting LGBT candidates for office.
A former police officer, Pat earned his master’s degree in Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University. In his free time, Pat loves exploring the nooks and crannies of New Mexico’s gorgeous outdoors. After living in New Mexico for ten years, Pat says he’s (finally) considering getting a Zia Tattoo.
Pat has been appeared multiple times on MSNBC discussing New Mexico and has appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, Huffington Post and numerous other publications discussing New Mexico politics.
In 2015, Pat was elected to the Albuquerque City Council.
Alex was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and came to New Mexico by way of New York City, Rome, and Washington, D.C.
After studying political science at American University, Alex received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from the University of New Mexico. He’s been with ProgressNow NM since 2012.
Alex is involved in multiple community development projects, including the UNM Alumni Association’s Lobos for Legislation Committee, the MiABQ Project, Emerge ABQ, the Future Fund of the Albuquerque Community Foundation, and Blue Corn Live.
Lucas Herndon is a lifelong resident of Doña Ana County and is based in our Las Cruces office. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History from New Mexico State University. After opening his second business in 2011 Herndon became aware of the need for increased dedication to social issues in and around his community and became involved with the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, as well as being hired as the Executive Director for the Organ Mountains National Monument campaign in the area.
His love of the outdoors is shared with his daughter and together they love exploring New Mexico and learning more about their community and their state.
Herndon came to ProgressNowNM after working on a number of local campaigns and seeing the need to work closely with progressives around the state for the betterment of all.
Marya Errin Jones
Marya is a writer/performer/musician, founder and organizer of the DIY literary festival, ABQ Zine Fest, now in its 6th year. Marya’s writing can be found in the zine collections of Barnard College, University of Iowa, London College of Communications and Tate Modern, and she recently penned an article for the feminist magazine, Bitch.
She is a founder and lead curator at The Tannex, an independent, DIY performance venue in the historic neighborhood of Barelas, in Albuquerque that presents music, literary and theatre events throughout the year. As a youth, Marya interned at the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian Institution. Most recently Marya was a recipient of the Fulcrum Fund – a grant developed by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Community Engagement Strategist
Carlos is a poet, artist, father, and human being. Contreras was born and raised in Albuquerque, where he can be found: performing, hosting, and or organizing events on a regular basis. He is a Kellogg Foundation, Community Leadership Network Kellogg Fellow, a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, and a published author. Co-Creator of JustWrite, a non-profit organization geared toward creative expression and access to the arts for populations who lack access, Contreras is an activist at his base, with a passion for improving and empowering communities.
Currently a student in the American Studies Master’s program at the University of New Mexico, Contreras has spent time as an Adjunct Professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UNM (2011-2015), and also taught at the high school level (2007-2011) for Albuquerque Public Schools’, Gordon Bernell Charter School. Contreras is a freelance Social Media Manager, and owner of his own business, Immastar Productions.