Who We Are

Who We Are

Bold Futures leads policy change, research, place-based organizing, and culture shift by and for women and people of color in New Mexico. Bold Futures centers the lived experiences and expertise of those most impacted by an issue, engaging with people at the intersection of their identities.

We work to build communities where all have what we need to make real decisions about our own bodies and lives, and all have room to live with respect and dignity.

Who We Are

Who We Are

Bold Futures leads policy change, research, place-based organizing, and culture shift by and for women and people of color in New Mexico. Bold Futures centers the lived experiences and expertise of those most impacted by an issue, engaging with people at the intersection of their identities.

We work to build communities where all have what we need to make real decisions about our own bodies and lives, and all have room to live with respect and dignity.

Who We Are
Who We Are

About Our Name Change

Our new name, BOLD FUTURES, gives us space to be our full selves. 

For twenty years, we have worked to build reproductive justice in New Mexico by and for women and people of color. As we stepped into our 20th Anniversary, Young Women United wanted a name that reflected who we are today and where we are headed moving forward. We needed a name to better reflect our organizational power and position, and a name that would be thoughtfully inclusive of all the communities we work alongside. Leveraging our same innovative theory of change, we embrace our new identity: Bold Futures.  

We will continue working to build communities where women, people, and families can live and thrive with respect and dignity. Thank you for believing in us, and for your continued support. Together we will boldly build a better future for all. 

Our People

Policy Director

Denicia Cadena

Policy Director
Operations Director

Esperanza Dodge

Operations Director
Policy Associate

Luzhilda Campos

Policy Associate
Policy Fellow

Fernando Trujillo

Policy Fellow
Projects Manager

Raquel Z. Rivera, Ph.D.

Projects Manager
Programs Assistant

Victoria Torres

Programs Assistant
Executive Director

Charlene Bencomo

Executive Director
Research Director

Micaela Cadena

Research Director
Policy Associate

Kat Sánchez

Policy Associate
Policy Fellow

Kandace Littlefoot

Policy Fellow
Communications Associate

Angelique Karnes

Communications Associate
Accounting/Grants Manager

Sonia Chavira

Accounting/Grants Manager

Our People

Executive Director

Charlene Bencomo

Executive Director
Policy Director

Denicia Cadena

Policy Director
Operations Director

Esperanza Dodge

Operations Director
Research Director

Micaela Cadena

Research Director
Policy Associate

Kat Sánchez

Policy Associate
Policy Associate

Kandace Littlefoot

Policy Associate
Projects Manager

Raquel Z. Rivera, Ph.D.

Projects Manager
Communications Associate

Angelique Karnes

Communications Associate
Programs Assistant

Victoria Torres

Programs Assistant
Accounting/Grants Manager

Sonia Chavira

Accounting/Grants Manager

Board Members

Board Chair

Marsha Garcia

Board Chair
Tessa Stuve

Tessa Stuve

Board Secretary

Georgia West

Board Secretary
Board Treasurer

Becki Jones

Board Treasurer
Kay Bounkeua

Kay Bounkeua

Our Offices

Who We Are

Since 2017, our Bold Futures team has worked out of two offices, in downtown Las Cruces and downtown Albuquerque. 

In New Mexico, Albuquerque and Santa Fe have traditionally been the epicenter of decision-making and political power. By moving our own leadership from the central part of the state to the southern and more rural borderland area, we are intentionally beginning to shift power dynamics within New Mexico’s policy landscape. This shift allows for a broader range of New Mexican experiences to be considered in systemic change.