Nayomi Valdez


Director of Public Policy





Nayomi Valdez joined the ACLU after serving as District Director for Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small. In those two years, she worked to ensure that stakeholders at every level had access to their government and that constituents received the service to which they were entitled.

As a grassroots organizer, Nayomi worked to raise awareness around food justice, education, immigration, and reproductive rights. From there, she went on to manage and work on various campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels. She takes pride in having helped to elect leaders that represent and uplift our most marginalized communities and working to address the issues we all face through policy and legislation.

Nayomi is a native New Mexican whose family settled in the Loma Parda valley hundreds of years ago, where they still farm today. She has migrated between Albuquerque and Las Cruces her whole life and has deep ties to both communities. She currently resides in Las Cruces with her two daughters, her partner, and their three dogs, Stout, Mila, and Zia.

Nayomi holds a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in philosophy from the University of New Mexico.