Stephanie Maez is the Executive Director for ProgressNow New Mexico, one of our state’s largest nonprofit communications-specific organizations working to amplify the voices of New Mexico’s hard working families and vulnerable children.
Maez worked as Chief Executive Officer for the Center for Civic Policy, and belonged to former New Mexico Governor Richardson’s administration. As a state legislator in New Mexico’s House of Representatives, Maez sponsored and supported a slate of innovative social justice policy proposals. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Political Science from the University of New Mexico.
Maez has played a vital role in achieving policy and civic engagement wins across the state of New Mexico, some of which include creating legislation to:
- Increase several municipal minimum wage rates
- Generate additional revenue for critical programs and services benefiting New Mexico’s working families
- Require health insurance companies to be more transparent and fair in setting premium rates
- Prevent New Mexico’s local electric utility from increasing rates
- Allow online voter registration
She was also instrumental in preventing passage of legislation that would have negatively affected vulnerable and marginalized communities, including harmful anti-labor, anti-reproductive health, and anti-immigrant efforts.
In addition, she is the Senior Fellow for Race and Diversity at the Topos Partnership. Topos seeks to synthesize traditional public opinion research with state-of-the-art cognitive science perspectives and methodological innovations.
Maez approaches her work with determination, agility, compassion and imagination. She resides in the Land of Enchantment with her son, Donovan and daughter, McKayla.
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.