The New Mexico State Society is thrilled to announce that U.S. Senator Tom Udall will serve as the Honorary NMSS Chairman.
Our 2013 Board of Directors is as diverse as New Mexico and we proudly represent our home state and culture in the nation's capital. Our mission is to serve New Mexico State Society members by offering a series of events throughout the year that help create a community among those of us who call New Mexico our true home. Get to know us!
Michael Mendoza - President
Michael Mendoza, was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico and graduated from Las Cruces High in 2001 and NMSU in 2005 with a double major in Accounting and Business Computer Systems. Michael then earned his Masters in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame in 2006. After graduation, Michael moved to Washington DC where he currently is employed by MorganFranklin consulting as a technical accounting consultant specializing in technology growth companies. Michael is an active Certified Public Accountant in the state of Virginia. Michael misses the cuisine and lack of traffic in New Mexico and enjoys meeting all from the Land of Enchantment.
Laura Davidson- Vice-President
Laura Davidson, originally from West Virginia, moved to Rio Rancho, New Mexico, in 2006. Laura attended the University of New Mexico and moved to Washington, D.C. in 2008. Laura Interned for Senator Tom Udall while he was a member of the House of Representatives, and later as a Staff Assistant. She currently works for Senator Tom Udall in his Washington office as a Staff Assistant and Deputy Scheduler.
Adam Alvarez - Member at Large
Adam was born and raised in Las Cruces. As a third generation Aggie, he received a Bachelor of Accountancy from NMSU. In 2006, he worked for Senator Domenici as a summer intern and then worked for the Ways and Means Committee. In 2007, he returned to NM to further his my education at NMSU and graduated with a Masters in Economics in December 2008. His most recent return to DC was in January 2009, where he began working for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as an energy industrial analyst. He enjoys participating in NMSS events, and thinks it is a great opportunity to reconnect and network with fellow New Mexicans.
Adam Conner - Member at Large
Adam Conner grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico and studied political communication at The George Washington University. A political campaign junkie, he worked stints as a speechwriter, blogger, new media director, and congressional aide, before starting Facebook Washington DC office three years ago. He makes a hobby of finding grocery stores in VA and MD that roast green chile in the fall. Gold Cup is one of the highlights of his year and he hopes that by being on the NMSS board he can finally get a ticket without having to be on the wait list.
Jerrod Harrison - Member at Large
Jerrod Harrison is a native of Aztec in the Four Corners region of New Mexico. In 2000, he served a summer internship in the office of Senator Pete Domenici, and served two subsequent internships with the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee. In 2004, he received a bachelor's degree in government from Harvard University and returned to Washington to study law at Georgetown. Jerrod is currently an assoicated in the
Washington, D.C. office of Baker Botts L.L.P. where he practices before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state public utilites commissions, and various federal and state courts.
Sandy Lind - Member at Large
Sandra (Sandy) Lind was born in Grants, New Mexico and raised in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from NMSU in 2004. After graduation, Sandy moved to Washington DC where she earned a Masters in Business Management from Catholic University of America. Sandra is currently employed by Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) where she is a Federal Information Technology Consultant.
Sandra misses the food, weather, and close family located back in the southwest. Sandy is excited to meet everyone in the society over the coming year. She and her husband, Rocky (a Las Cruces native), met at NMSU and currently reside in Alexandria, VA.
Michael Misurek - Member at Large
Born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, Michael is a graduate of Valley High School as well as the University of New Mexico. Michael moved to Washington, DC in 2006. While in Washington, Michael has worked on Capitol Hill for both the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as well as Senator Pete V. Domenici. Following Senator Domenici’s retirement Michael spent time working in the lobby and government relations industry as well as serving as a policy consultant for a national hunting and fishing/conservation non-profit. Michael currently works as a government contractor for the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs.
Ben Nathanson - Member at Large
Benjamin Nathanson was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from the Albuquerque Academy. Benjamin earned a B.S. in Legal Studies and Communications at Northwestern University. After graduating, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in northern Nicaragua from 2005-07. During his service, he acted as a community health educator focusing his efforts on HIV/AIDS and family planning. Benjamin returned to the U.S. and earned his Master’s in Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University focusing on health policy while serving as a Sargent Shriver Peaceworker. He currently works for Senator Dodd and the Senate HELP Subcommittee on Children and Families, covering all topics related to health policy. Prior to joining the Subcommittee, he worked in Senator Tom Udall's office. He is also Development Director of the non-profit, Help Educate. Benjamin longs for breakfast burritos at Sophies, lunch at Los Compadres, and Lobo basketball games against BYU in The Pit.
Lisa Van Theemsche - Representing the Office of Senator Martin Heinrich
Lisa Van Theemsche was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and some years later moved to Los Lunas. She graduated from Los Lunas High in 2007. After high school, Lisa relocated to Las Cruces to attend New Mexico State University. She was a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority and an Executive Board Member of the Up 'til Dawn Organization. In 2011, Lisa graduated with a double bachelors in Government and History. A year later she was accepted to intern in Congressman Martin Heinrich's Washington DC office for the summer of 2012. Upon the completion of her internship, Lisa returned to the state of New Mexico to work on the campaign. With the start of 2013 she moved to Washington DC to begin her new job as a Staff Assistant for Senator Martin Heinrich. Lisa is loving her new life in DC but does miss green chile and being present to cheer on her New Mexico State Aggies.
Devon Wohl - Representating the Office of Senator Tom Udall
Devon is a military brat whose family settled down in Albuquerque in time for her to attend high school all in one place. It wasn't until she left for college that Devon truly learned to appreciate New Mexico - its sunshine, green chile, and beautiful scenery. Devon received her BA in French and International Affairs from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. After graduating, she decided to move to DC (as much as she loves NM, there's really not much of a chance to get to speak French there!) where she now works as a Staff Assistant for Senator Tom Udall. Devon tries to get back to NM as often as possible and always loves to see a Lobo basketball game on TV.
Chris Garcia - Representing the Office of Representative Ben Ray Lujan
Chris Garcia was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico attend New Mexico Military Institute and UNM. Chris has spent the last several years working for Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, before that he was Deputy Political Director and executive Assistant to Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. He is a DIE Hard LOBO FAN and bleeds Silver and Black for the Oakland Raiders.
Claire Manatt - Representing the Office of Representative Steve Pearce
A true New Mexico native, Claire Manatt was born and raised in Roswell. After graduating high school from New Mexico Military Institute, she attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces where she earned her degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. While at NMSU, Claire was an NCAA student-athlete on the equestrian team, earning several trips to the national championships both individually and with the team. Following her graduation from college, Claire moved to Albuquerque to work for the Association of Commerce and Industry, the statewide business chamber, and then the New Mexico Finance Authority. She moved to Washington, DC in the fall of 2010 to work for Congressman Pearce, and is currently his Senior Legislative Assistant. Though Claire misses the New Mexico sunrises and her family, she is enjoying helping her state from DC. Go Aggies!