ProgressNow NM staffer recognized for leadership with award

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Last Friday ProgressNow New Mexico’s own Lucas Herndon was recognized by the New Mexico State University College of Arts and Sciences during their annual A Starry Night award ceremony.

“The Stars of Arts and Sciences recognizes living individuals who have achieved state, national, or international distinction by their accomplishments and leadership, all while supporting their community and the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences,” according to their website.

Herndon is the Communications Manager for ProgressNow New Mexico based in Las Cruces. As a graduate of NMSU with a degree in History, Herndon has continued to work and live in southern New Mexico to help his community however he can.

“I grew up here. I went to school here, started my family here, started a business here, and ultimately have become involved in the community in ways I never thought I would,” Herndon said.

Before working with ProgressNow NM, Herndon worked in the solar industry as well as being the Executive Director for the Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks when President Obama declared that area a National Monument utilizing the Antiquities Act.

“Knowing about the history of the area was imperative to working with our diverse coalition on the National Monument. I feel the same way about social issues; that knowing the history of our nation, our community, there’s clearly evidence of groups being systematically marginalized,” Herndon said.

In addition to this award, Herndon has previously been recognized in the community by the Las Cruces Sun News as a Mover and Shaker in 2014. Herndon is a father to an (almost) 8-year-old daughter, Past President of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, and Parliamentarian of the Democratic Party of Dona Ana County.