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 Youth in Community.
Angie M. Poss is a young professional political organizer, currently working as the Director of Legislative Affairs and Finance for the Democratic Party of New Mexico. In 2010, Angie received two bachelor’s degrees from the University of New Mexico: one in Political Science and the second in Public Communication.
In 2011 Angie worked as a Policy Analyst for the New Mexico State Senate Education Committee and spent that time battling the passage of legislation to grade public schools A-F. She continues working with Democrats in the Legislature to stop the overload of testing in New Mexico’s public schools, to push back against the degradation and unfair evaluations of our teachers, and to put the focus back on children and educating them for the future.
During the 2012 election cycle in New Mexico, Angie served as Campaign Manager for the Committee to Re-Elect Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez as well as Statewide Political Director for the Senate Majority Leadership Fund. The funds sole purpose was to elect Democrats to the NM State Senate.
Angie’s professional political acumen is wide ranging; she has served as a Social Media Coordinator, Finance Director, Event Coordinator, Public Relations Intern, Campaign Manager, Political Director, Volunteer Coordinator, and Board Member of Albuquerque Gay Pride. Angie is proud to now be the Executive Vice President of The Young Democrats of New Mexico, working with a talented crew to bring visibility to the group and to the upcoming General Election.
Jacob Candelaria was brought up in a working class neighborhood in Albuquerque.
Raised by a single mother and his grandparents, Jacob learned at an early age the value of hard work and commitment to both family and community.
Inspired by his grandfather who was honored as a national leader in the fight against gangs and drugs in our nation’s cities, and his grandmother who ran a clinic that provided dental care to poor children, public service comes naturally to Jacob.
A proud graduate of St. Pius X High School on the westside, Jacob went on to attend Princeton University where he graduated with a degree in public policy in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
After undergraduate school, Jacob turned down the opportunity to work on Wall Street and instead chose to return home and get to work for the state he loves.
Since returning home, Jacob has worked as a leadership fellow with Think New Mexico, working on ground breaking education reform legislation to address our state’s high-school dropout crisis; as a program evaluator for the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, the state agency charged with crafting the state budget; and as a policy analyst to Speaker Ben Lujan (D-Nambe).
Elected to the New Mexico Senate in 2012, Jacob is proud to make the 26th district his home, where he lives with his dog, Fuzer.
Cindy Nava is a first generation college student from Santa Fe, NM. Cindy is a senior working towards her BA in Political Science and Criminology at the University of New Mexico. Cindy is currently an El Centro de la Raza Fellow and be directly works with the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center. Cindy holds a deep passion for State and National politics and finds it imperative to encourage and motivate young people to be more civically engaged and make their voices be heard through implementation of policy, advocacy and political participation.Cindy has completed numerous internships with NM legislators including the Lt.Governor’s office. Cindy brings broad knowledge and experience of NM politics through her involvement in advocacy, campaigning, community organizing, student government, and primarily her passion for education and immigration. Cindy is also currently undergoing a National Fellowship by People for the American Way conducting a social justice model revolving around the NM lottery scholarship. Upon the completion of her undergraduate degree Cindy intends to pursue a law degree and one day run for elected office. Cindy’s life motto is to never give up and to never stop learning regardless of the obstacles life brings.“We must create a presence of persistent dedication and humility as we will lead beyond those who questioned us.”- Cindy Nava
Grace was born and raised in various parts of the east coast before moving to Los Alamos, NM shortly before her tenth birthday. She considers Los Alamos to be her hometown, and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2011.
Grace is now a senior at the University of New Mexico, finishing her Bachelors in International Relations and earning her Masters in International Business. She is also an Simultaneous Membership Program cadet in the Army ROTC program and the NM National Guard. She plans to commission as a 2nd lieutenant in Spring 2016.
Grace's passion lies in promoting the involvement of women, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color in both politics and the military - two institutions that traditionally see few individuals from minority populations. She also strongly believes that open, honest, and effective political communication begins with really listening to others first, a theory based on her favorite quote from the movie Fight Club: "When people think you're dying, then they really really listen to you...instead of just waiting for their turn to speak."
Grace sees the purpose of the Veterans' Caucus as connecting NM veterans with opportunities they've earned and the voice in politics that they deserve. Before her term ends, she plans to work to make significant changes in the way New Mexicans view veterans who may be their friends, family, neighbors, classmates, or coworkers, etc. and to dispel misleading preconceptions about the men and women who have served and are still serving our country.
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.