The New Mexico Comunidades en Acción y de Fé (NM CAFé) Board of Directors has announced it has selected Las Cruces District 4 City Councilor Johana Bencomo as its new Executive Director. Here is the group's statement on the appointment:
NM CAFé is a non-partisan, non-denominational, faith-based organization that seeks to engage the power of low and moderate-income families to shape public policy that improves the quality of life for all people in southern New Mexico. CAFé Board President Ramón Padilla stated, “Johana brings a wealth of experience, skills and knowledge which the Board believes is beneficial to the organization, and most importantly, to the community. The Board is fortunate to have a person of Johana’s caliber and background to lead CAFé.”
Bencomo, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and a Master’s degree in Social Work, and was previously NM CAFé’s Director of Community Organizing. Padilla stated that “for the past six years Bencomo has been instrumental in leading efforts to organize community power and agency for equitable pay, immigration justice, access to health care and civic engagement.”
NM Comunidades en Acción y de Fé (CAFé) is the largest faith-based grassroots movement organizing historically marginalized communities in Southern NM. We organize to reimagine a Southern NM that is working to transform the future of our communities and to live into the shared values of inclusion, dignity, power, love, faith & opportunities for all people.