Lena joined the ACLU of New Mexico in August 2022 as a Reproductive Rights Policy Advocate, joining the fight for reproductive justice in her home state.
Originally from Albuquerque, Lena also grew up in Texas and Washington. With a background in student organizing and queer activism, over the years Lena has collaborated with groups working on issues including migrant justice, reproductive justice, suicide prevention, LGBT2SQ+ issues and environmental justice. She is passionate about the security and well-being of activists and rights defenders and has worked for over eight years in activist security, policy advocacy, and coalition-building.
Lena has a B.A. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, a MSc. from Lund University in Sweden, and a PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where she collaborated with international networks of environmental justice researchers to learn about activist research methods for change-making. An artist and writer, she loves working with others on creative projects.
Lena currently lives in Albuquerque with her wife, Mykel, dog, Storm, and goats, Pernille and Aspen.