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Think New Mexico

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Causes: Human Services

Mission: Think New Mexico is a results-oriented think tank whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans, especially those who lack a strong voice in the political process. We fulfill this mission by educating the public, the media, and policymakers about some of the most serious problems facing New Mexico and by developing and advocating for effective, comprehensive, sustainable solutions to those problems. Our approach is to perform and publish sound, nonpartisan, independent research. Unlike many think tanks, Think New Mexico does not subscribe to any particular ideology. Instead, because New Mexico is at or near the bottom of so many national rankings, our focus is on promoting workable solutions. Consistent with our nonpartisan approach, Think New Mexico's board is composed of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans. They are statesmen and stateswomen, who have no agenda other than to see New Mexico succeed. They are also the brain trust of this think tank. Think New Mexico began its operations on January 1, 1999. It is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In order to maintain its independence, Think New Mexico does not accept government funding. However, contributions from individuals, businesses, and foundations are welcomed, encouraged and tax-deductible.

Results: Think New Mexico is best known for its successful initiatives making high-quality full-day kindergarten accessible to every child in New Mexico; repealing the state’s regressive tax on food and successfully defeating efforts to reimpose it; establishing a Strategic Water Reserve to protect and restore New Mexico’s rivers; expanding access to Individual Development Accounts to help alleviate New Mexico’s persistent poverty; redirecting millions of dollars a year out of the state lottery’s excessive operating costs and into full-tuition college scholarships; reforming title insurance to lower closing costs for homebuyers and homeowners who refinance their mortgages; streamlining and professionalizing the state’s troubled Public Regulation Commission; modernizing the state’s regulation of taxis, shuttles, and moving companies to promote job creation, business formation, and lower prices for consumers; and creating a one-stop online portal for all business fees and filings.

Target demographics: Improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans

Direct beneficiaries per year: 26,000 children now have access to full-day kindergarten, the average family of four has an additional $250 a year thanks to the food tax repeal, and New Mexico's high school graduates have an additional $9 million a year in college scholarships through our lottery reform law

Geographic areas served: New Mexico

Programs: Think New Mexico has successfully developed and championed the enactment of over a dozen landmark laws and constitutional amendments, including laws repealing the state’s regressive food tax, making full-day kindergarten accessible to every child in New Mexico, and redirecting millions of dollars a year out of the state lottery’s excessive operating costs and into full-tuition college scholarships.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Think NM is a small office but the passion and dedication with which every member of the team approaches their work is admirable. The Think NM team cares about changing state policies to improve the lives of all NM constituents. Their ideas and recommendations show an impressive attention to detail and a genuine willingness to work towards creative solutions for difficult problems.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their report on improving schools by moving money from administration and putting more into the classroom is excellent work. Keep it up!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With their sound research and strategic advocacy, Think New Mexico makes lasting positive impacts on the state for the people of New Mexico.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great team that strives to make life better in New Mexico for all!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I want to thank the Team at Think New Mexico, for their unabridged work and exposure on controversial topics that press hard on New Mexicans all over the state. The importance of the work performed by this team is immeasurable, for they are a voice, eyes and ears of many many citizens of our community. I commend especially Mr. Othiamba Umi, for spending countless hours writing about truth and what is best for citizens of this state.

Cheers and much Success!!
Noe Quinones
Patient Monitoring Solutions Network Design Specialist

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! Working hard to make a difference in the lives of all New Mexicans!

Jennifer H.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

So very honored to be a part of this organization and all that encompasses! Amazing group of folks who truly desire to see positive, appropriate and mindful change for everyone in The Land of Enchantment! All states should be so lucky to have a group as Think New Mexico!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned here at ThinkNM over this summer. Working with their team on public policy research has enabled me to make a positive impact on my home state. I'm really glad that ThinkNM is here, focusing on basic, well-researched data-based reforms that have maximal impact on the people of New Mexico. They've been instrumental in repealing the food tax (and preventing its reinstatement), ensuring 30% of lottery revenues go to college tuition for New Mexico students, and increasing healthcare cost transparency.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a part of the Think New Mexico team for six weeks was motivational and enlightening. The staff work diligently to identify areas of needed improvement in the state of New Mexico. They then tirelessly research every angle of the problem to come up with a well-constructed solution. They leave no stone unturned. It was an honor to play a small part in the effort this summer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent six weeks this summer working as an intern for Think New Mexico, and it was a pleasure to work for such talented, driven, and passionate individuals. Think NM works scrupulously to address the issues that are most important to New Mexicans’s lives and helps inform both citizens and policymakers alike. Even more notable is that their hard work has produced tangible results. The internship experience with Think NM was invaluable, and the organization must be commended for providing such an opportunity to New Mexican students. Think NM has made an impact not only on my life, but the lives of many across the state, which truly reflects upon their mission as an organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Think New Mexico is an amazing organization. After working in the office for 6 weeks as a summer intern, I have seen first hand how hard each member of the team works to make New Mexico better through pragmatic and bi-partisan policy solutions. I am excited to see the impact that this fantastic non-profit will continue to have on the well-being on New Mexico.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as an intern with Think New Mexico during my senior year of high school and the first aspect that struck me was the clear passion the staff has for their mission of improving the lives of the citizens of New Mexico. During my time here, I have learned so much about state policy and some of the issues our state faces. More importantly, however, I have learned firsthand just how much good a small group of determined citizens can truly accomplish on behalf of the public good. The work that Think New Mexico does is truly inspiring.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The staff at Think New Mexico are innovative, insightful, proficient, and visionary. Their services are invaluable to New Mexicans and are an important resource for lawmakers and citizens alike. I cannot recommend them enough.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization that advocates and is constantly representing the disadvantaged. Thank you for your hard work and please keep up the good fight!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My community was introduced to Think New Mexico when our local school board voted to close our "Blue Ribbon" awarded winning school and incorporate it into the adjacent community school miles away.

Think New Mexico supported our small school community through their representation, speaking on our behalf, research/data, editorial opinions, advise and suggestions to help us in our conflict, but most of all with their constant encouragement to not give up.

Recently, four years later, after much turmoil, the school board retracted their decision and our school remains open.

Thank you, Think New Mexico staff, for being a small school advocate.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Think New Mexico works tirelessly to help increase the quality of life for all New Mexicans. Their non-partisan approach to issues allows them to view issues objectively and research solutions based on what will work rather than a predetermined notion of what should be done. It is that evidence based approach that allows Think New Mexico to advocate so effectively for the citizens they serve.

Shannon139

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Think New Mexico is always looking for innovative ways to make a real difference in the lives of New Mexicans - from making healthcare costs and quality ratings more transparent, to ensuring that the lottery continues to benefit students who rely on scholarships. I appreciate the diligent work that Think NM does for our state!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Think New Mexico is amazing! I have a leadership cohort scholarship that wants to get more involved in NM concerns and issues. Othiamba was amazing when he came and spoke to the cohort. The information was valuable and the students have become more engaged in issues that are happening to New Mexicans. Their quality of care to do outreach and educate is something to value and appreciate as New Mexicans.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned at Think New Mexico this past summer and it was a great experience. Not only did I learn a lot about public policy but the people who work there are all very friendly and passionate about the work they do. It creates a great environment to work in and I learned how to do research on current issues around the state. The policy papers Think produces are very informative and helpful to the general public.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Think New Mexico has done a magnificent job in fighting for causes that will help New Mexicans, such as in Lottery Reform and improving the current Capital Outlay system. From my experience with TNM in working with them, there has always been an emphasis on having Quantitative Research to support any type of policy that TNM advocates for. Besides that, the core group of individuals at TNM are hard-working and dedicated in fighting for causes, and that really does inspire others, like myself, to fight for my own causes as well.