Lucas Herndon

Deputy/Managing Director

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.

Marianna Anaya

Communications Director 


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.