Erica McDowell joined the ACLU of NM Regional Center for Border Rights in August 2016, serving as Project Coordinator through the Border Servant Corps program. Erica graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Physics and interests in gender, race and religious studies. While in college she was also introduced to the beauty and power of community building and organizing. In her time at Stanford she organized young people with wealth for racial and economic justice with Resource Generation, coordinated programming at Casa Zapata, the Chicanx/Latinx Theme Dorm on campus, advocated for equity within the Physics department and built community for LGBTQ religious students with Queerituality. Erica grew up in the Nob Hill neighborhood in Albuquerque, NM and has a deep love for the state – its mountains, food, skies, energy and people. She learned from her family and community the value of investing in public services and infrastructure and doing what we can to help our communities become stronger and healthier for all. Erica is honored to serve her home state in this capacity and grateful for the warm welcome she has received into the Las Cruces community.