Working in the private sector, Amanda Aragon knew that New Mexico as a state performed poorly when it came to educational outcomes for its children. She was working for a Farmington-based oil and gas company at the time doing corporate philanthropy work that touched on education, but she had a drive and a passion to do more. Upon leaving the company, she took a job working for the Public Education Department for the State of New Mexico where she was now at the epicenter of public policy decisions regarding education. Acknowledging the lack of continuity in four to eight year political cycles when working in government, Amanda founded NewMexicoKidsCAN a nonprofit organization that advocates for education policies that are community-informed, research-backed and student-centered.
Charles recently had the opportunity to catch up with Amanda to discuss NewMexicoKidsCAN’s legislative priorities. This episode was recorded at the tail end of the New Mexico Legislative session, so you will have to visit their website to see how they fared during the session.