María Martínez Sánchez, JD, has joined the Center’s board of directors. Ms. Martínez Sánchez was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, She attended Albuquerque High School and New Mexico State University where she received a bachelor of social work and a bachelor of arts in government. Upon graduation she worked as a social worker with the developmentally disabled population before entering the University of New Mexico School of Law. After graduating she worked for the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty for six years. where her work focused on improving the working conditions of New Mexico's agricultural workers. In 2014 she joined the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico where she focuses on defending the civil rights and civil liberties of New Mexico's residents.
CSC’s Cooperative Development Center (CODECE) has formalized two new major food markets for its organic food cooperatives in northern New Mexico. These two new markets will purchase organic vegetables beginning this year from coops in Rio Arriba and San Miguel counties.
CODECE has created a positive collaboration with Bernalillo County government to create and launch new organic food cooperatives among members of underserved communities. The county has made a formal commitment to support local agriculture as an important economic development activity for county residents.
Two new staff members have recently joined the Center’s staff. Cristhian Rangel is a program manager who has extensive management experience in the private business sector. He earned his BA degree in business from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management. Javier Rojo is a University of New Mexico graduate with degrees in economics and philosophy. He was New Mexico’s first Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, and worked in the NGO field before coming to the Center.