Meet the 2020 Field Team

2020 Field Team

Nikki OtakeOrganizing Director

Nikki graduated from American University in 2015 and jumped right into organizing out of college. She worked as a Field Organizer for Hillary Clinton in Virginia, Ralph Northam for Governor, a Regional Organizing Director for Jacky Rosen and the Democratic ticket in the 2018 midterms, the Field Director for Mina Malik for District Attorney in Queens NY, a Regional Organizing Director for Kamala Harris in Nevada, a Deputy Organizing Director for the 2020 Nevada Caucus and the Deputy Data Director for Arizona Ready. She is jazzed to be in New Mexico as the Coordinated Field Director for the 2020 cycle. In her spare time she loves to backpack through the Rockies and High Sierras and road trip through the great American Southwest.

Brodie AllenDeputy Organizing Director 

Brodie started out as an organizing intern for a 501.C3    that primarily focused on voter suppression and voter rights in Western North Carolina. He then transitioned into a Field Organizer position for Hillary Clinton in WNC, Ralph Northam for Governor in 2017, a Regional Organizing Director for Tim Kaine and the Democratic ticket in the 2018 midterms, a Regional Organizing Director for Kamala Harris in South Carolina, a Deputy Organizing Director for Pennsylvania Organizing Together 2020 and now is absolutely thrilled to be the Deputy Organizing Director for the NM Coordinated Campaign. In his spare time he likes to cook, go whitewater rafting, and watch The Golden Girls.

Tina WorleyRegional Organizing Director – CD1

Tina graduated from Colorado College with a BA in International Political Economy in 2017. She spent 2.5 years working for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and the United States Anti-Doping Agency in logistics and operations before getting involved in politics. She worked as a Field Organizer for Mike Bloomberg in North Carolina and Organizing Together 2020 in Pennsylvania. During her time at OT2020 she was promoted to being a Regional Organizing Director and is excited to be a Regional Organizing Director for the New Mexico Coordinated Campaign! In her free time she loves to hike, ski, run and explore, especially any places with mountains. 

Rocky Cordova Deputy Regional Organizing Director – CD3

Rocky graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2020. He took a year off from college to work for the 2018 “New Mexico For All” Coordinated Campaign. Rocky has also worked for the New Mexico State Senate as a legislative assistant during the 2018 session.

After concluding his work in the 2018 election, Rocky worked as finance assistant for Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s inaugural ball and swearing-in ceremony. Rocky was a research fellow for the governor’s Working Group on Cannabis Legalization. In his role at the UNM LGBTQ+ Resource Center, he worked to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. Rocky has also worked as an election poll official, serving in Lincoln County in 2012 and Bernalillo County in 2020. In his free time, Rocky is a long-distance runner, lover of coffee and music fanatic.

Jose PerezField Organizer – Bernalillo County

Jose graduated from College of the Canyons in 1999 and he began working with disabled school children while also working on local, state, and federal campaigns as a volunteer and team leader. Jose enjoyed the political work so much he decided to work in politics full-time in 2012 on President Obama’s re-election campaign. Jose did not stop there and has worked as an Issues Organizer in 2013, FO in Texas for Wendy Davis’ gubernatorial run in 2014, and for Hillary Clinton’s campaign as a FO in 2016. In the meantime, Jose caught the acting bug and has appeared in many television and cable series; that is Jose’s hobby, so to speak.

Lucas GattermanField Organizer – Bernalillo County

Lucas is a rising sophomore at Dartmouth College who is studying government and art history. In 2018, Lucas worked as an intern for the Democratic Coordinated Campaign in the Northeast Heights of Albuquerque. In 2020, Lucas interned for Elizabeth Warren’s campaign for President in New Hampshire. At Dartmouth, Lucas is a writer for The Dartmouth, one of the oldest college newspapers in the country. Lucas is very excited to be working for the Coordinated Campaign in his home state. In his free time, Lucas enjoys running, hiking, climbing, and playing soccer.

Mandie McCurdyField Organizer – Bernalillo County

Has worked as a field organizer in Nevada in 2018 and was part of the statewide team that was able to flip a Senate seat, hold a Congressional seat, and elected the first female majority state legislature in the nation. From there she worked as a site leader for the 2018 Florida Recount. Was a super volunteer for Kamala Harris’s presidential primary campaign in Nevada. She also helped run Early Vote Sites and a 13 precinct Caucus Site for the 2020 NV Caucuses. Prior to this campaign she worked for AZ Ready as a field organizer. She is very excited to be working in New Mexico and to be part of a team that sends the first all women of color Congressional delegation to Washington!

Markela ClintonField Organizer – Sandoval County

Markela graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2017. During her time at university, she studied Sociology with a concentration in Pre-Law and a minor in Integrated Studies. Sociology strives to understand and explain phenomena like racial stereotypes. Her studies in pre-law also afforded her the opportunity to see how laws can result from these traditions and why being properly informed is essential for interactions with anyone from any walk of life. Through working as an Organizer with the Democratic Party she hopes to apply these ideas for the 2020 cycle. In her free time Markela enjoys hiking, camping, cinema, and researching new topics and cultures. 

Dan OhiriField Organizer – Bernalillo County

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dan graduated from the George Washington University in 2020 with a BA in Political Science. He interned with then Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and Senator Martin Heinrich. From 2019-2020 he worked as a finance intern for the Democratic Attorneys General Association and a research intern for the Senate Majority PAC. At George Washington, Dan was the local advocacy chair and new chapter coordinator for the progressive student policy organization Roosevelt Network. In his spare time, Dan likes to read biographies and science fiction. He also enjoys hiking in the mountains of the American Southwest and Appalachia.

Shelby WeisburgField Organizer – Bernalillo, Torrance, and Valencia (she/her/hers)

Shelby graduated from Willamette University in 2020 with a BA in English with a focus in Creative Writing. For the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions, Shelby worked for the Oregon Legislature’s Speaker of the House, first, as an intern, then, as a legislative assistant. She also founded and developed Willamette University’s campus recreation student coordinator position for equity, diversity, and inclusion. More specifically, Shelby’s passion lies in access and inclusion in outdoor recreation. In January 2021, Shelby will be travelling to Benin with the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship program. In her free time, Shelby loves listening to podcasts, crafting, and all things outdoors.

Kat CookField Organizer – Santa Fe

Kat is a native New Mexican who grew up in Albuquerque and has been passionate about politics since an internship at Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Congressional Office in 2014. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Russian from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Most recently, Kat has done organizing work with the Sunrise Movement, where she held the position of Communications Lead for the New Orleans Hub. In her spare time, Kat is a collage artist, a Russian language tutor and lover of books.

Sofia Garcia-George – Field Organizer – Taos, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos

Sofia is a current undergraduate at Columbia University studying American History. She has been active in the Columbia College Democrats as a Lead Activist, organizing trips of students to lobby in Washington D.C. and knock on doors in swing districts. In the summer of 2019, she worked in the office of Senator Martin Heinrich as an intern, where she assisted the press team with their social media output, and assisted the legislative team with crafting policy, specifically around immigration. This past spring, she worked as a digital organizer for the successful Mondaire Jones congressional primary campaign. Now, she’s excited to take a semester off of school to keep New Mexico blue and push progressive politics locally and nationally.

Lisel FaustField Organizer – San Miguel, Quay, Curry, Roosevelt, Colfax, Harding, Mora and Union

Lisel was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. She is a rising sophomore at Trinity University in San Antonio, studying computer science and political science. At college, she is the president of the Trinity Progressives student organization, which seeks to engage students in politics and help turn Texas blue. In 2018, Lisel was an intern for the NM For All coordinated campaign. Eventually, she became the Staging Location Director for the Santa Fe headquarters during the Get Out the Vote initiative, where she managed over 250 volunteers. This fall, she is excited to take a semester off to work for the New Mexico Coordinated Campaign and learn more about the northeastern region of New Mexico.

Songtree PiocheTribal Outreach Organizer – San Juan and McKinley Counties, Navajo Nation and Pueblos of NM

Songtree represents Taos Pueblo and Oglala Lakota tribes and married to Navajo she is also involved with Navajo communities. Songtree is a twin born and raised in Downey, California. Songtree attended Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence Kansas and transferred to Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute and graduated with an AA Liberal Arts. Songtree began a career in Human Resources where she has worked for the Pueblo of Taos, Indian Health Service, BHP Billiton and Bloomfield Schools as a Recruitment & Benefit Specialist.  Songtree is currently scheduled to graduate in December from UNM with a BA in Native American studies with an emphasis in Leadership and Building Native Nations and a minor in Business Management. Songtree has three kids and they enjoy glamping, fishing, and horses. 

Rachel Traczyk – Field Organizer

Rachel Traczyk is a fierce, innovative, and creative college graduate with a BA in Sociology from New Mexico State University. She jumped right into nonprofit work and organizing straight out of college. Leading local grassroots activism efforts through engaging frontline community groups, she worked as a Fellowship Field Associate for Beyond the Bomb and found her true passion for helping others. She has an insatiable desire to work tirelessly towards helping her community and country. She is passionate about the environment, intersectionality, human rights, and playing an excessive amount of board games.

Adrian Schmitt– Field Organizer

Adrian Schmitt was born and raised in Santa Fe,New Mexico. He is a recent graduate of the University of New Mexico where he received a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and a Bachelor’s in Political Science. He has been an intern on several campaigns including Michelle Lujan-Grisham for Governor and Deb Haaland for Congress. In his final year at UNM he worked in his student government to advocate for issues important to his fellow undergraduates. He is excited to be working to keep New Mexico blue in 2020.

Arash Abbas– Field Organizer

Arash Abbas is originally from the suburbs of Chicago. Currently, as a rising junior at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, he is majoring in International Politics and minoring in History. Arash’s first experience in elections was through Illinois’s Coordinated Campaign in 2016 when Democrat Tammy Duckworth was elected to the Senate. From that point, he became enamored with politics, spending the summer of 2018 working to elect Sean Casten through his work at a PAC called Progressive Turnout Project. In the summer of 2019, he interned for Senator Durbin, helping to respond to constituent inquiries from across the state. This election cycle, he was previously an intern with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Following that experience, he decided to take a semester off to help re-elect Xochitl Torres Small in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District!

Marianne Salas– Field Organizer

Marianne Salas is a recent graduate of New Mexico State University and is proud to call Anthony, New Mexico home. Having worked on a local Democratic campaign before starting her position as a Field Organizer, Marianne is beyond excited to be continuing the important work of ensuring that Democrats are elected up-and-down the ballot. She will be attending law school next fall.

Jacob Romero– Field Organizer

Jacob Romero graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BA in International Studies and Political Science in 2018. After graduating he worked as a tennis instructor for First Serve New Mexico in Santa Fe, a local after school non-profit program. Jacob is incredibly excited to be working as an organizer and hopes to work hard to keep New Mexico blue. In his spare time he loves playing tennis and everything outdoors.

Taylor Moya– Field Organizer

Taylor Moya grew up in Ohkay Owingeh, NM having ties to being Native American and Hispanic. Taylor is currently a Junior at the University of New Mexico studying Political Science and a minor in Native American Studies. She interned on Capitol Hill for Assistant Speaker of the House Ben Ray Luján in Spring 2020. This fall semester she was excited to take the semester off to work on a campaign. She has always been a part of politics but keeping and getting women elected into office is what’s most important to her. Taylor started groups in her community which give christmas gifts to younger children and a youth council so that the younger generation in her Pueblo have a voice. In her free time she loves listening to music, watching sports, participating in her native traditions, spending time with family/friends and “cruising” through Española on weekends looking at lowriders and cars.

Isabelle Lopez– Field Organizer

Isabelle (she/her) was born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico, and graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in History and a research focus on collective memory of racial violence. In 2018, Isabelle interned for the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, and following graduation interned for Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small. In her free time, Isabelle loves reading, listening to podcasts and enjoying the outdoors.

Cody Morgan– Field Organizer

Cody Morgan graduated from Texas Tech University in 2017 with a degree in Agricultural Economics and General Business; he also received a minor in Political Science. During his undergraduate tenure, Cody participated in Texas Tech’s DC internship program. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he began attending the University of New Mexico School of Law. While attending law school, Cody was a student fellow for the Innocence and Justice Project, participated in the Community Lawyering Law Clinic, and interned with the Law Offices of Public Defenders in the juvenile and felony divisions. In his free time he loves to hike, ski, travel, thrift shop, cook, bake, listen to Beyonce, and attend music festivals.

Fellows

Grace Earick – Fellow – Santa Fe (she/her/hers) 

Grace is a born and raised Burqueña and adopted Houstonian who has recently moved back to her hometown of Albuquerque (occupied lands of Tiwa Pueblo) for the foreseeable future. She graduated this May from Rice University where she majored in Art History and Museums Studies with a focus on Latin American and Latinx art. This is her first time working in a political sector and engaging directly with campaign work and she’s excited to be working so intimately with communities in her home state. When she’s not on the clock she spends her spare time dancing, cooking plant-based eats, learning guitar, and practicing Spanish.

 

Eleanor Henderson – Fellow – Santa Fe (she/her/hers) 

Eleanor (she/her) is from Los Alamos (traditional lands of Jicarilla Apache Pueblo) and has lived in New Mexico her whole life. She just graduated from Los Alamos High School in May, and currently attends Scripps College (online). She’s always loved politics, was super involved with a political club and newspaper in high school, and has also been active in political events around the Los Alamos and greater New Mexico community. She is absolutely thrilled to be working with the Democratic Party and believes there is no better way to get involved in the world and make it better than through politics. Thank you so much to everyone for all your work in improving the world around us! 

 

Ethan Sullivan – Fellow – San Miguel, Quay, Curry, Roosevelt, Colfax, Harding, Mora and Union

Ethan is currently a senior at New Mexico State University, studying government and communication studies. Ethan was raised in a politically engaged family and has been very active in New Mexico politics ever since his freshman year of college. He has worked on several campaigns including New Mexico Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small, Las Cruces, NM Mayor Ken Miyagishima, and currently serves as an intern for State Senate District 35 candidate Neomi Martinez-Parra. Ethan looks forward to serving as a fellow with the Democratic Party of New Mexico to keep the state blue and change the culture of the country.

 

Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta – Fellow – Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, and Taos Counties

Soumyo (shoh-moe) (he/him) was raised in Los Alamos, NM, and graduated from Los Alamos High School. He then continued his education by earning a degree in Political Science from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. After taking some time off to organize for Michelle Lujan Grisham’s gubernatorial candidacy in the 2018 Primary cycle, Soumyo decided that he had not gained enough knowledge through his life and decided to rectify this issue by enrolling in American University Washington College of Law. Soumyo has been involved with every election in his life since the age of 12 and has a personal passion for boosting youth-voter turnout. While Soumyo is not the best when it comes to talking about himself, he excels in talking to other people to get them energized for what he believes.

 

Navalyn R. Platero – Fellow – San Juan and McKinley Counties, Navajo Nation and Pueblos of NM

Navalyn (she/her) is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and was raised in To’hajiilee, NM. Navalyn graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2018 with a BA in Native American Studies and Philosophy. She enrolled in the University of New Mexico School of Law working towards a J.D. and is currently a third-year law student. Navalyn is dedicated to bringing awareness to issues affecting Native American tribes and improving New Mexico communities. The DPNM Fellowship is her first official introduction into campaigning but she is enjoying the fast-paced work environment and the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with local New Mexicans. Navalyn enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, and raising her lovely three-year old daughter, Noelani. 

Rakin R. Faruk – Fellow – Sandoval County

Rakin was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is currently attending her last year as a high school senior at the Albuquerque Institute of Math and Science. She is a part of one of the top robotics teams here in New Mexico, serving as their team leader. Rakin has been taking dual credit classes since the 9th grade at both CNM and UNM, and intends to major in Psychology as she steps into college, focusing more specifically on psychotherapy. After helping House Representative Abbas Akhil and mayor Tim Keller in their campaigns, and taking part in a shadow program through the New Mexico House of Representatives, Rakin has also taken a great interest in the political sciences. She believes that it is the duty of her generation to begin making an impact in politics, as it is they who will be most affected by it; and she is thankful to the DPNM for offering an opportunity allowing her to do exactly that. 

 

Katie Simon- Fellow- Bernalillo County (She/her)

Katie is an Albuquerque native and a senior at Scripps College studying Politics and Spanish. She worked on Senator Heinrich’s re-election campaign in 2018 and interned in his DC office last summer. She is passionate about electing women and enacting progressive change. In her free time she plays tennis and bakes sourdough bread. She is so excited to be organizing New Mexico this year. 

 

Molly Culhane – Fellow – Bernalillo, Torrance, and Valencia County (she/her/hers)

Molly hails from Colorado and graduated from Stanford University in 2020 with a BA in History. She is passionate about public history, social justice, and community organizing, and is so excited to be working to elect Democrats this November! In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time outside.

 

 

Zoe Hemez – Fellow – Bernalillo County (she or them)

Zoe was born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She is currently attending Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, where she is double majoring in energy science and mathematics. She has been passionate about climate change activism for most of her life and has worked with a number of youth-led organizations to push for effective climate policies in both New Mexico and Washington State. Most recently, she has worked as a leader in the Sunrise movement. In her spare time, Zoe enjoys rock climbing, running, hiking, and spoiling her cats.

 

Cindy Pabst – Fellow – Bernalillo County

Cindy was born and raised on Long Island, NY. A lifetime in advertising sales, she recently retired and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband Roland to explore life after work and she is thoroughly enjoying it. Her hobbies include all outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and skiing. She also has a dual passport for Switzerland as her husband is Swiss. Politics and activism is relatively new to her. She canvassed for Obama in ‘08 and ‘12. But it was the 2016 election that really turned things on for her. For the past four years she worked with her Congressman and State Senator helping them win in ‘18 and their ‘20 primaries. She is very excited to be a part of the coordinated team here in New Mexico

 

Raffaele Moore – Fellow – Bernalillo County

Raffaele was born and raised in Albuquerque and is a Junior at Brown University studying International and Public Affairs and History. In the past several years, he has interned with the Office of Senator Martin Heinrich in Washington and with the Office of Mayor Tim Keller in Albuquerque. During the primary, he worked as a field intern with the Valerie Plame campaign in NM-03. Raffaele is a very proud New Mexican and is excited to keep New Mexico as Blue as possible.

 

Elizabeth Moeser – Fellow – Bernalillo (she/her/hers)

Elizabeth grew up in Albuquerque and graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Environmental Studies in May. She is eagerly awaiting her February 2021 departure to Morocco to serve in the Youth Development sector of the Peace Corps. Her hobbies include scuba diving, playing with her dog, cooking and baking, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. This fellowship is Elizabeth’s first experience in campaigning and she is very excited to have a part in keeping New Mexico Blue.

Abraham Ratner – Fellow – Bernalillo

Abraham is a New Jersey native who graduated from Northwestern University in 2019 with concentrations in film, sound design, and music technology. He’s since worked as a tutor and as a freelance writer, musician, and audio engineer, while slowly finding ways to get involved in progressive political organizing. Abe is so excited to be working for DPNM— he knows just how important this election is, and he wants to keep learning about the process of developing relationships in a community for the purpose of building grassroots political power.

 

Miriam Wallstrom – Fellow – Bernalillo 

Miriam (she/her) is a Los Alamos, New Mexico native and currently attends Stanford University. She is a rising junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Human Rights. Outside of class, she enjoys playing trumpet, hiking, running, and creating innovative vegan recipes.

 

John Coffman, Fellow – Bernalillo, Torrance, and Valencia (he/him/his)

John is a native Burqueno (Albuquerque resident) and has done a lot of strange and interesting things. He spent a year in Japan teaching English after graduating from UNM in 2006, has worked for two years as a backpacking guide at Philmont Boy Scout Ranch near Cimarron, NM, and has over 11 years of experience as a video editor for a national T.V. network before joining the Democratic Party of New Mexico as a Fellow. He loves to sing and play folk songs on guitar, square dance, and play Dungeons and Dragons in his free time, and he’s super-stoked to be part of this year’s DPNM team working to make America a better country.

 

 

 

 

 

Tsaa Henderson

Tsaa is originally from Washington state and has lived in NM for the majority of his life. Tsaa is a current student at San Juan College studying Business Administration. Tsaa serves as the Chief of Staff for the San Juan Young Democrats. Tsaa also serves the community as the PR Secretary to Identity Inc Farmingtons LGBTQ Community Center. Tsaa was an amazing volunteer in the 2018 coordinate campaign and is excited to be a fellow in the 2020 cycle.

Cheyenne Pioche – (she/her) Fellow – San Juan & McKinley County, Navajo Nation

Cheyenne graduated from Aztec High School in 2020. She has been accepted into UNM, in the music education program but has decided to attend San Juan College in the meantime, due to COVID-19. She has been a crew leader/trainer in the food service industry for about a year and a half. She was the 2018-2019 Student Representative for the Title VI Indian Education Committee. In 2019, she was accepted into the NM Public Education State Student Leader Network and also participated in a Carlos Sisneros Fellowship under Rep. Susan Herrera at the RoundHouse in Santa Fe, NM with True Kids 1. She enjoys singing, doing makeup, rodeoing & hanging out with her friends.

Nalleli Reyes Garcia- (she/her) Fellow – San Juan, McKinley, Navajo Nation

An Indigenous person from Mexico, Nalleli arrived in the United States at the age of three when her mother swam across the Rio Grande with her, and her brother, in search of a better life. Nalleli first became interested in politics in high school when she realized being an undocumented person prevented her from doing many things and wanted to see things change. She has since volunteered for many campaigns and has registered many individuals to vote though she cannot vote yet. While her undocumented status presented challenges for her, it has never stopped her from achieving her goals. In 2018, she graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Native American Studies and a minor in Political Science. She was accepted to a fully funded Political Science PhD program but decided to pursue other opportunities. As soon as she becomes a US citizen she plans on running for elected office and hopes to be the governor of New Mexico someday. 

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