Board of Directors
Casey Douma, Attorney for Pueblo of Laguna – Board President
Justice Richard Bosson, NM Supreme Court, Retired – Board Vice President
Larissa Lozano, Attorney for Freedman Boyd Hollander Golberg Urias & Ward P.A.
Jeneva Martinez, Founder of Roswell Homeless Coalition
Regis Pecos, Co-director of the Leadership Institute
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- Administrative Support
- Directors & Managers
- Public Benefits
- Supervising Attorneys
- Workers' Rights
Ms. Manne joined the Center in 2008 as an attorney and has been a key part of its leadership team over the last decade, engaging in the Center’s legal and advocacy work, strategic planning and management.
Ms. Hager has more than 10 years of experience working to advance economic and social justice. As an attorney at the Center, she has worked extensively to increase access to public benefits through administrative, legal, and legislative advocacy.
Since joining the NM Center in 2004, Ms. Leaman has contributed to the Center’s administrative, communications, research, fundraising, and program work.
Ms. Archuleta joined the Center in March 2017 to support the organization’s expanding communications efforts.
Senior Education Attorney
Melissa Candelaria is a senior education attorney and a member of the plaintiff’s legal team for Yazzie/Martinez v. State of New Mexico.
Senior Education Attorney
Alisa Diehl joined the Center in June 2020 as a senior education attorney, and a member of the legal team for the Yazzie plaintiffs in Yazzie/Martinez vs. State of New Mexico.
Attorney - Healthcare
Mr. Cordova works to improve the healthcare system for children and families in New Mexico.
Public Benefits Director
Teague González brings twelve years of experience directly representing homeless and disabled adults and children to the Center's public benefits team.
Workers' Rights Director
Ms. Welch works to strengthen public enforcement of the minimum wage and overtime laws in New Mexico, promote worker protections such as paid sick leave, and improve farmworkers’ pay and working conditions.
Attorney - Workers' Rights
Felipe Guevara works to improve farmworkers’ pay and working conditions, promote worker protections such as paid sick leave, and strengthen public enforcement of the minimum wage and overtime laws in New Mexico.
Economic Equity Director
Ms. Griego works to expand and protect access to safe and affordable housing in New Mexico and to eliminate unjust fines and fees imposed by the legal system.
Attorney - Economic Equity
Ms. Cutler works to address predatory lending practices and debt collection reform to protect the rights of borrowers in New Mexico.
Attorney for Public Benefits
Verenice Peregrino Pompa partners with community organizations to remove barriers to public benefits, focusing on child care assistance, increasing food security, and immigrant issues
Healthcare Policy Advocate
Alex joined the Center as a Legal Analyst in 2019 and works primarily for the Healthcare and Economic Equity teams. During law school, he focused on environmental law and externed with the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.
Development and Operations Manager
Ms. O’Keefe was a non-profit arts administrator before making the switch to civil legal services in 2014.
Paloma Mexika joined the Center in 2019 as a Communications Associate. She is passionate about dedicating her life to New Mexico’s future.
Feliz Baca has in-depth experience and skills developed by working in public service professions, including non-profit, higher education, and local governmental agencies.