Alissa Barnes is a 26 year resident of Sandoval County, coming to New Mexico from Southern California. Alissa earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology form the University of New Mexico in 2006 and began her non-profit career shortly after. Alissa’s experience at Jewish Family Services, and her long tenure with Roadrunner Food Bank as their Chief Programs Officer, ignited her desire to work on underling social issues and policy.
Alissa is a 2019 Emerge NM graduate and holds certificates from the Anderson Business School of Management in Non-Profit Management and Women in Leadership.
A proud mom of four, partner to Justin, and co-parent in a blended family, Alissa enjoys dancing, reading, and watching Frozen 2 for the millionth time with her family.
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.
Marianna was born and raised in Albuquerque’s North Valley. She comes to us from the Albuquerque Teachers Federation by way of former Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office. After studying Mexican-American Studies and Race & Ethnic Studies in Education at both UT Austin and UCLA, she returned home to the land she loves.
Passionate about preserving public education, expanding Intersectional Studies in our K-12 schools, and electing more women and LGBTQ leaders to office, Marianna lends her progressive vision to our community as President of Emerge New Mexico and as a former board member of GLSEN Albuquerque. A proud dog mom, she enjoys backyard projects, gardening and being in the mountains.
Reproductive Justice Organizer and Content Associate
Erica is a lifelong resident of Albuquerque and utilizes lived experiences with reproductive health and other past experiences to work diligently and emphatically. She has specialty certifications in family wellness, mental health awareness, and suicide awareness and prevention. For the past seven years, she has provided training on Healthy Relationships, Mental Health Awareness, and Suicide Prevention in every county in New Mexico, to over 40,000 students and guardians. Erica acquired her associate degree from CNM in 2010 and her bachelor’s in 2014 from Wayland Baptist University. Erica is an invested and involved member of communities throughout New Mexico. She brings a lot to the table and we’re so happy to have her with us.