Community Engagement Specialist





Dakota Waterson joined the ACLU of New Mexico as the Community Engagement Specialist in 2020. She focuses primarily on protecting and expanding access to reproductive rights for New Mexicans. Dakota believes that all New Mexicans should have equal and accessible access to reproductive health care and that all deciding when and if someone would like to become a parent should be left to individuals and their families, not politicians.

Dakota earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico in Political Science and a Minor in Anthropology in 2019. In 2019 Dakota worked as a legislative intern at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. While working at Planned Parenthood she discovered her passion to protect New Mexicans access to reproductive rights. During her time at UNM, Dakota was a part of the Honor Society for Leadership and Success, UNM Generation Action and volunteered at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center

Dakota grew up in northern New Mexico and has lived in Albuquerque for the past four years. When she’s not working, Dakota loves to go hiking with her dog Rey and is an avid painter.