Clearly New Mexico
Clearlynewmexico.com is a project of the Center for Civic Action. We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Albuquerque, new Mexico. We believe that a stronger democracy is the best path to solving the solutions facing our state and nation. Clearlynewmexico.com is a forum to raise issues, stimulate debate and provide thoughtful analysis on the issues impacting our lives.
Eli Il Yong Lee
Eli is Korean American and the Executive Director of the Center for Civic Action. He brings twenty years of campaign and training experience to clearlynewmexico but hopes to one day just fish. Eli is the former Board President of the Asian American Association of New Mexico; a former board member of the State of New Mexico Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Commission, appointed by Governor Bill Richardson; and a longtime board member of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, founded by his mentor, Dr. Carolyn Goodman, the mother of murdered Civil Rights worker Andrew Goodman. He currently serves on the board of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote; the Civic Engagement Fund; and State Voices.
John brings wide-ranging experience in governmental affairs and political campaign consulting in New Mexico. His specialties include policy research and strategy and message development. He is the Special Projects Director for the Center for Civic Action.
Matt’s professional experience includes policy research, nonprofit management, advocacy, communications strategies, public speaking, lobbying, fundraising and leading service learning trips for young people. He is the Policy Director for the Center for Civic Action. Matt takes very seriously the motto made famous by Garrison Keillor in referring to the very real location of Lake Wobegon, “all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”
Tracy Dingmann spent 20 years as a print journalist writing for daily newspapers, including the Albuquerque Journal in New Mexico and The Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin. Tracy is a 1987 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where she earned a B.A. in Journalism. She has volunteered in Albuquerque schools and also with the Anne Frank in the World exhibit and New Mexico’s Martin Luther King Commission. Tracy is committed to helping improve the lot of her fellow New Mexicans by working with the Center for Civic Action to educate and empower people about important policy issues. She is the Communication Director for CCA.
Juan Reynosa is a native New Mexican who grew up in the southeastern town of Hobbs, New Mexico. He is a third-generation Mexican-American and his parents were involved in political organizing. An Albuquerque resident for the past 6 years, Juan graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2006 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science. Since then he has worked with various organizing groups, including: The League of Young Voters (now New Mexico Youth Organized), Environment New Mexico, and the Progressive Voter Network. He has collaborated with many different youth organizers on various issues, including environmental, social, and ethics issues.
Amanda Manjarrez is a native New Mexican, originally from Socorro, NM. She graduated in 2007 from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in Philosophy and Criminology. She has extensive experience in youth programming and was a volunteer and chair member of Community Experience, a student based community service organization, for nearly 3 years. Amanda brings leadership experience, a love for politics, and a commitment to promoting social justice issues in our community and our state.
Clearly New Mexico
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Albuquerque, NM 87125
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