Patrick Davis

Executive Director

h23lfasPat 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 Curtas

Managing Director

Alex has been with ProgressNow NM since 2012 and is currently the Managing Director of ProgressNow NM as well as the Communications Director for both the Center for Civic Policy and America Votes-NM. He assists non-profit advocacy organizations with the development and implementation of their strategic communications needs.

Originally from Las Vegas, NV, Alex studied political science at American University in Washington D.C. and holds his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from the University of New Mexico.





Lucas Herndon

Communications Manager

or-this-is-maybe-betterLucas 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.

Carlos Contreras

Community Engagement Strategist

fullsizerenderCarlos 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.