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April 29, 2021

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico announced it has tapped policy expert Nayomi Valdez to lead the ACLU’s public policy efforts in the state of New Mexico. Nayomi is the former District Director for the Office of Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small,  where she worked to ensure the Office remained open, accessible, and accountable to constituents. 

“We are thrilled Nayomi has joined the ACLU of New Mexico as our Public Policy Director,” said Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico. “Nayomi brings years of experience building campaigns, advancing  policy solutions that better the lives of New Mexicans, and strengthening  immigrant and reproductive rights in our state. We are confident that under her leadership, our policy department will make significant strides in advancing justice and freedom at the Capitol and in city and county chambers throughout the state.”

Nayomi will play a critical role in building legislative programs that will engage the ACLU’s base of supporters, volunteers, and activists to achieve key policy goals around priority issues such as criminal legal reform , reproductive freedom, and immigrant rights. Nayomi began her career working as a grassroots organizer and went on to manage various campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. Nayomi has spent years helping to elect leaders that represent marginalized communities and working to expand basic freedoms of New Mexicans.

 “I am grateful for the opportunity to join the ACLU of New Mexico at such a critical moment,” said Nayomi Valdez, Director of Public Policy at the ACLU of New Mexico. “I look forward to driving policy change at all levels to make our communities more just, equitable, and free.”

Nayomi’s role as policy director comes at a time when the ACLU of New Mexico is working to develop robust, grassroots organizing campaigns that center the leadership of people most impacted by our proactive advocacy efforts.