Mary is the first sustainability manager at the University of New Mexico overseeing the Office of Sustainability. Her other areas of expertise include recycling, campus community gardens and greenhouse gas inventory. Mary is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a degree in Economics and European Studies.
Claudia J. Joseph
Claudia is an attorney and mediator who has practiced law in Northern New Mexico since 2000. Claudia has had a lifelong interest in helping women and girls in both personal and professional capacities. She has provided pro bono advocacy work for various New Mexico and National non-profit organizations in the areas of immigration, reproductive rights, ending gun violence and assisting rape victims. Claudia is committed to utilizing her experiences as a lawyer, mediator and parent to support equality, economic opportunity and reproductive rights and stopping workplace discrimination for women.
Jenifer is a social justice activist with a lifelong commitment to women’s issues. She has worked in finance and administration, while raising two children in Albuquerque. She specializes in Audits of Not for Profit organizations in New Mexico. She is a Graduate of Parsons School of Design, Emery Aviation College and CNM. Having formerly worked as a commercial pilot for 20 years, Jenifer still enjoys flying airplanes as well as skiing, swimming, and spending time with family and friends.
Janice D. Pastor, J.D.
Janice is a retired attorney and non-profit activist. She practiced law for twenty-two years before serving for eleven years as one of three trustees of a small family trust managing real estate. In the fall of 2015 she joined the boards of ADL New Mexico Region and the Jewish Community Foundation of New Mexico. Recently she accepted an invitation to join the ADL Civil Rights Committee. Ms. Paster has served as Chair of the Board of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation and the Jewish Federation of New Mexico. She also served as Vice Chair of the Board of New Mexico Voices for Children.
From 1988 until 1996 Ms. Paster was a member of the New Mexico State Senate. She is the only woman to serve as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and she also chaired the Interim Health Care Task Force, leading the passage of legislation to update New Mexico’s health law. She is a long-time advocate for reproductive freedom, quality child care, and equality for women and girls in other areas.
Janice earned a BA from Northwestern University and an MA from Tufts University. Ms. Paster also has a JD from the University of New Mexico School of Law.
Erika is an educator, facilitator, health equity and women’s rights activist, leadership coach and communications consultant (and Director of Amplify Consulting & Communication Solutions). She works with organizations that want to tackle difficult issues (sexism, racism and all forms of discrimination in the workplace) and learn how to build a stronger, more learning-centered organizational culture. She served as the Chief Replication Officer and Global Replication Director at the ECHO Institute for many years, and has also been a public school teacher, birthing coach (doula)/family resource educator and small business owner.
Sydney has been working within the political and advocacy community for over five years. A graduate from the University of New Mexico, lifelong New Mexican, and Chicana, she is passionate about subverting systems of oppression that have worked to marginalize and disenfranchise generations of New Mexicans. Sydney believes that intersectional advocacy and policy is crucial to building and sustaining strong communities in the face of adversity. Her passion for culture and community is intertwined with a strong desire to increase and develop leadership opportunities for young people, especially young people of color. An Emerge New Mexico graduate, Sydney believes in empowering and equipping all women with the tools and support to advocate for their healthcare, quality of life, culture, and civil liberties. In her free time, Sydney enjoys the arts, especially performance art, and uses her multifaceted skills to increase revenue and funds for various community non-profits.
Eunjin received a BA in English Literature from Andrews University, Michigan and a JD from Boston University School of Law. She is a licensed attorney in New Mexico and New York. Before moving to Albuquerque, NM in 2017, she worked as a foreign legal counsel for a couple years at an international law firm in Seoul, Korea. During law school, she participated in a number of clinical and internship programs through which she represented young female refugees to help them secure legal status in the states as well as their basic human rights. She also volunteered at ACCION International, The Refuge Pnan, and Shelter Legal Services during law school. Eunjin is fluent in Spanish and Korean. She volunteered and worked as a contract attorney at the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty before she became a full time mom to her one-year old son. She intends to pursue her passion and purpose in providing legal assistance and representation to the marginalized populations. In her free time, Eunjin enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, hiking and yoga.
During a long career in adolescent medicine as a nurse practitioner, Jane Epstein focused on patient empowerment and on the confidential health care rights of minors. Since 2019, she has been researching and writing about women’s sexual histories. With the intention of increasing sexual communication, Jane gives talks to young adolescents and medical professionals, alike. She believes that agency, flexibility and communication in the realm of sexuality supports empowerment of the whole individual.
Jane has served on the board of Planned Parenthood and on the NM Alliance for Confidential Healthcare Access. Her volunteering includes both administrative and clinical care at One Hope Centro de Vida Clinic.
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