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UNDERCURRENTS: The Women Behind the Rise of Progressive Politics in New Mexico

Saturday, February 22, 4pm-6pm at Santa Fe Woman's Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail

New Mexico is positioning itself as a national leader of progressive politics and values, largely thanks to the unprecedented number of women elected in the 2018 midterms. Behind the Blue Wave that continues to ripple across the state are activists, organizers, and consultants who mobilize communities to ensure values-aligned politicians get elected into office.

Join us for a panel discussion moderated by Andrea Serrano, Executive Director of OLÉ, followed by a Call to Action Reception with coffee, tea and cookies.

Meet the Panelists

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Andrea J. Serrano is an Albuquerque native who has been working in non-profit and social justice organizations since 1999. Her roots in political activism began with her mother, who was on a picket line while pregnant with Andrea; and her father, who served as State Representative in New Mexico in the late 1960s. Her experience includes Community Educator at the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico; program coordinator at South Valley Academy as well as extensive involvement in community organizing and activism with various community organizations. Andrea has always used writing, poetry and theater as a way to connect arts with activism. Andrea began working with OLÉ in 2012 as a Conservation Organizer and is now Executive Director of the organization.

Executive Director, OLÉ

Andrea Serrano


Adriann Barboa is the Field Director for the Strong Families New Mexico program. Adriann works with families and communities across the state of New Mexico to bring about culture shift strategies that recognize the many kinds of families across her home state, and create new policies centered in the lived experiences of everyday New Mexicans.


Adriann is a connector, an organizer, a trainer and loves to spend her time with families and communities working together toward building the world we all want to live in. She brings together a strong network of organizations and individuals in New Mexico that are modeling how to leverage their people power for the greater good. Adriann brings 15 plus years experience in the direct service and social justice sectors, working primarily on issues of gender, reproductive, anti-violence, education and youth and criminal justice in indigenous and communities of color. She is a proud mother of two loving young adults that bring her so much joy and keep her grounded.


Adriann is currently running for Bernalillo County Commissioner District 3.

Field Director, Forward Together

Adriann Barboa


Michelle Mayorga spent nearly two decades recruiting for, managing, and working on Democratic campaigns, progressive issues, and in local and national administrations. Her clients have included Democratic candidates throughout the country, such as Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Ben Ray Luján (NM-3), Rep. Colin Allred (TX-32), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), and Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-16) as well as advocacy and non-profit groups like Equis Research, Sierra Club, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' Bold PAC, and Planned Parenthood. 


Michelle has worked in 27 states and now trains candidates and campaign staff throughout the country for Democratic and progressive organizations. Michelle previously served as Western Field Director at the AFL-CIO, Western Political Director at the DCCC, and Coordinated Director for the Democratic Party of New Mexico in 2012. Michelle has also held the position of National Field Director at Planned Parenthood and served as an appointee to USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service under Secretary Tom Vilsack in the Obama Administration. During the 2004 election, Michelle was the Deputy Western Field Director at the DNC. She also worked as a speechwriter for the City of New York's Department of Youth and Community Development under Mayor Michael Bloomberg where she produced speeches in both English and Spanish. Now Michelle routinely moderates Latinx focus groups on issues from politics to tech. 


Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree from Yale University, with a double major in American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. In 2016, the American Association of Political Consultants recognized Michelle with their 40 under 40 award. Her family hails from Nicaragua and she grew up in South Florida. She now calls Albuquerque, New Mexico home.

Vice President, GBAO Research + Strategy

Michelle Mayorga

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Linda Serrato has spent a decade in progressive politics working on natural resources on Capitol Hill and organizing in Obama’s ‘08 and ‘12 campaigns. She has advocated for economic equality and helped advocate for ballot initiatives that raised the wage for 8 million low wage workers.

She most recently served as political director for Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s campaign and now consults with a variety of left leaning organizations. She graduated from Emerge in 2018 and served as a board member for the organization from 2018 to 2019. She lives in Santa Fe with her husband, toddler daughter, and pup, Hemingway.

Linda is currently running for the State Legislative House District 45 seat.

On Behalf of Emerge New Mexico

Linda Serrato Ybarra