Zackary Quintero is originally from Las Cruces New Mexico and has been actively involved in advocating immigration reform, millennial based economics, and international relations ranging from protecting human rights to improving international trade. During his studies, Mr. Quintero interned overseas for the US Department of State and US Treasury Department. He holds a degree in both economics and government. Currently Zack works in Santa Fe as an Economic Development Specialist and is focused on millennial development projects that help develop and retain young professionals here in New Mexico. President Quintero's term will last from June 6, 2015 to June 6, 2017.
Growing up in California, Katharine Clark attended UC Berkeley, receiving dual degrees in Cognitive Neuroscience and Social Cognition. Her degree specifically examines the neural and psychological underpinnings of ethics, political party identity and decision making. Working closely with George Lakoff, Kat also worked on the cognitive metaphors within the debate of immigration and immigration reform developing messaging for progressive policy positions.
While living in Berkeley, Kat served as a project manager and lobbyist for affordable housing for the Associated Students of the University of California and worked on several successful political campaigns including defeating a regressive building height initiative along the city’s traffic corridors. Additionally, Ms. Clark was appointed commissioner of City of Berkeley Police Review Commission representing her city council district and selected as an undergraduate policy fellow for the Roosevelt Institute think tank.
Currently living in Santa Fe, Kat works on market research, data analytics and marketing strategy for local businesses. She has over 10 years experience in marketing and project management, including experience as a large research lab manager at UC Berkeley and marketer for Apple Computers Inc. Kat is currently working towards an advanced degree in Data Science.
In addition to currently serving as Vice President of the Young Dems of New Mexico, Ms. Clark also serves as the Chair of the Santa Fe County Young Dems, and the Treasurer of the Democratic Party of Santa Fe County.
Adrian Carver is a young non-profit professional seeking social and restorative justice through the culturally, socially, and community competent implementation of innovative initiatives and solutions.
Adrian Carver, a native of Albuquerque, is a hardworking and committed advocate for young people in New Mexico. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of New Mexico. His passion for Positive Youth Development began early as a student when he became a founding member of the New Mexico Youth Alliance (NMYA). The NMYA is a statewide youth advisory council which works to get young people involved with the policy-making process at all levels. Through the years, Adrian has served with many organizations in a number of capacities, such as Amnesty International, the Educational Equity Working Group, the New Mexico Men’s Council for Boys and Young Men, the New Mexico Teen Pregnancy Coalition, the New Mexico Alliance for Fathers and Families, the Men of Color Alliance at the UNM, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Partners in Education and Advocates for Public Schools, the Associated Students of UNM, One Million Bones, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community.
In May 2013, Adrian was elected President of the Young Democrats of New Mexico (YDNM).
Adrian currently serves on the Nob Hill Neighborhood Association Board, the Albuquerque/Rio Rancho Green Chamber of Commerce Board, the New Mexico Alliance for School Based Health Care Board, and the Mayor’s Office of Volunteer Engagement Board of Advisors. He was also recently honored as a recipient of Albuquerque Business First’s top 40 under Forty award, and New Mexico Voices for Children’s Amy Biehl Spirit of Youth Award. Adrian is currently the Program Manager of the New Mexico Youth Alliance at the New Mexico Forum for You
Candace Johnston, a young leader, is a lifelong resident of Valencia County. Candace’s love for politics and campaigns started in 2006 with former State Representative Elias Barela. With politics in her future, Candace has strived to be a voice for children. In 2005, Candace became a MADD Youth Ambassador for Protecting You Protecting Me—Children Against Drunk Driving. She also is the youngest person in New Mexico’s history to be honored by NM Department of Public Safety for her nonprofit work with her organization Lollipops for Law Enforcement. Candace also is a Youth Ambassador and Board Member for NM Youth Day, HB 363, carried by State Representative Rick Miera and signed by former Lt. Governor Diane Denish in 2007. Through this legislation, NM families benefit from the only tax free weekend each year in August. In July 2013, Candace represented NM at the YDA High School Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C., where she spoke about tougher DWI laws and how young people her age are affected by DWI in NM. One of the highlights of this trip was meeting with her role model, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, who positively motivates our youth of NM, not only about politics but about how to be great students and to never give up on their dreams. Candace was appointed Democratic High School Caucus Chair in December 2013 and her goal is to get 5,000 high school seniors registered to vote. Candace is currently a freshman at Los Lunas High and the President of Class of 2017. She’s also Treasurer of Renaissance, a cheerleader and maintains 4.0 G.P.A. and hopefully plans to attend Brown University in the fall of 2017.