Board

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Jessica Collins—Board Chair

Jessica Collins has been a member of YWU since 2006. She currently works at Forward Together as the New Mexico Program Director where she ensures that the Strong Families network in New Mexico is both vibrant and part of the broader, national Strong Families initiative. Prior to joining Forward Together, Jessica spent twelve years at Media Literacy Project where she led the Girl Tech program for young women of color that centered on reproductive justice, video production, and media literacy. She also designed curriculum, taught classes to middle and high school students, and trained nationally and internationally in media literacy and media justice. She serves on the Board of Directors as board chair for Young Women United. When not at work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her two sons, Luca and Micah, reading nonfiction, and hiking in the mountains.

Susan Muraida- Treasurer 

Susan is from Albuquerque and currently studying to be a Family Physician at UNM.  She has apprenticed at Casa de Salud providing quality, holistic healthcare to low-income families in New Mexico, and continues to support community health through empowerment of individuals to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families. She also continues to learn from community mentors working to decrease barriers to healthcare access.
Susan enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, and volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Special Olympics of New Mexico.  She is very proud to support YWU and their passion, creativity and relentlessness in advocating for women and families in New Mexico, building community, and enacting social change.

Alayna Bowman- Secretary

Alayna was raised in Albuquerque and loves everything about this city. She is first a family woman and a photographer. She spends her weekdays with young people in Albuquerque’s International District. Currently, she runs the 21st Century Program at Van Buren Middle School. She works with students become the best people they can be, while teaching them life and academic skills. We do this to build confidence and help them achieve their goals. She discovered her love in working with youth during her Teaching Fellowship with Citizen Schools. She has worked with middle and high school students for 5 years in Albuquerque, Los Lunas and Belen.

She believes that Young Women United is creating a cultural shift across the country with the work they do, which is she spends her free time as a board member, being a birth companion and attending YWU’s Panocha Pláticas. She spends her weekends going on adventures with her husband, nieces, and nephew around New Mexico.

Georgia West

ywu-bod2016-22Georgia West, born and raised in Albuquerque New Mexico has been apart of YWUs board for over a year. Starting her involvement with YWU in the 8th grade with the Circle of Strength group, she has been involved over 6 years. Working on campaigns, completing a memorial for young parents, and attending the legislative sessions were her favorite parts of being in COS. She is currently studying to become a paramedic at Central New Mexico and hopes to later go into pre-med

 

 

 

 

Marsha Garcia

ywu-bod2016-10Marsha has been working with Young Women United since 2013, when she was honored to join the YWU team on the Respect ABQ Women campaign. Marsha currently works for Strategies 360 as their Director of Communications for their New Mexico office. Before joining the S360 team, Marsha worked in the communications field for multiple civic engagement non-profits. She’s also had the honor of working with the New Mexico House Democratic Caucus as their Communications Director for the 2015 and 2016 Legislative Sessions. In addition, she served as now-U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich’s press secretary during his 2010 reelection campaign for the U.S. House. Marsha also serves on the Board of Directors for Emerge New Mexico and enjoys spending her free time with her partner Jon and their Boston Terrier Chumbo.