Cheryl Harris – Chair

Born into an Eisenhower Republican family, Cheryl quickly became a Democrat in college, and has been a “bleeding heart” liberal ever since. The pejoratives have changed over the years, but not her concern that all people are treated with dignity and respect, and have a fair chance at “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” And she believes being a progressive is very much a good thing, and where the party is headed permanently.

She has held many positions in the party, including Precinct Chair, Ward Chair, County Vice-Chair, State Central Committee person, as well as being on many committees and project teams. She was instrumental in forming the Adelante Progressive Caucus with other passionate friends, and feels we need to push the party in this direction, especially nationally.

In her free time, she enjoys genealogy research and reading. She loves her kitties, and her son and daughter and grandchildren, who all live out of state.

Term: 2020 – 2022

Patricia French – Vice Chair

Patricia (Patty) French first got involved with politics when Martin Heinrich ran for Albuquerque City Council in 2002. She is a retired City of Albuquerque employee who spent over 30 years with the Albuquerque Police Department. During her tenure at the Police Department, she served as Interim Records Manager and Records Supervisor and in her final two years with the city as the False Alarm Reduction Supervisor.

She is the Precinct Chair of 293 and Ward 21B Vice-Chair. She serves on the State Platform and Rules Committee, Bernalillo County Resolutions Committee, Bernalillo County Rules Committee and State Central Committee. She was recently appointed to the Albuquerque Citizen Police Oversight Board. She served on the Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico Board (PERA) for 16 years, and served four years as Chair of the Board.

Patricia has been involved in a wide range of community service activities which include serving on the Rio Grande Credit Union Supervisory Committee, the Brookline College Criminal Justice Program Advisory Committee, First Vice President of the Retired Public Employees of New Mexico, President of American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFCME) Local 3022, Albuquerque Ethics Coalition Member, Albuquerque Police Department Award Committee, and Albuquerque Police Standard Operating Procedure Review Board. She is also her father’s, a Korean War veteran, caregiver, and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Term: 2019 – 2021
Term: 2021 – 2023 

Michael Sperberg-McQueen Secretary

Michael is a New Mexican by choice, having lived in La Mesilla (unincorporated Rio Arriba County) since 1999. He is also a Democrat by choice, since his Republican parents tried to teach their children to think for themselves. Drawn into political work by the events of November 2016, he has helped organize (loosely speaking) a group called NM Resistance, he has made phone calls and knocked on doors for candidates, he has analyzed legislation for the legislative action network organized by Retake Our Democracy, and he has spoken in legislative hearings to support progressive bills. From 2019 to 2021 he served as a precinct chair and a member of the county central committee of the Democratic Party of Rio Arriba County, for which he also created and runs the web site.

In his day job, Michael works as a consultant in information technology, focusing on the reusability of data and the use of document markup for publishing, scholarly study, and preservation of cultural heritage and other public data.

Term: 2020 – 2022

Dimid Hayes Treasurer

Dimid Hayes has called New Mexico home since 1984. A career in natural health allowed him to travel extensively around the entire state and see the incredible diversity of New Mexico. He sees himself as a bridge person between Southern and Northern areas, rural and urban perspectives, and progressive and traditional ways of thinking. He and his partner of more than 25 years split their time between Truth or Consequences and Santa Fe. A lifelong Democrat, originally from Minnesota, and good with numbers, it makes sense to him to help the Adelante Progressive Caucus as its treasurer.

Term: 2020 – 2022

Samuel Nevarez – Chair, Congressional District 1

Samuel Nevarez is a millennial in action.  He spends his free time volunteering where he is needed the most, from advocating for climate change solutions, all the way to cleaning kitty litters for nonprofits rescues. Samuel is also chair of the Community Outreach Committee of the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County. He is excited to work with every single one of you as CD1 chair for Adelante.

Term: 2019 – 2021
Term: 2021 – 2023

Colton Dean – At-large Officer

Colton Dean has been a resident of Albuquerque since 1992 – minus three years (2002 – 2005) in Ventura, California, for college. Always having an interest in government, Colton had listened to conservative talk radio for years, but it never aligned with his principles. Upon discovering Air America radio around 2007 and listening to hosts Thom Hartmann, Randi Rhodes, and Norman Goldman, Colton discovered progressive issues were in line with his morals and values.

For fun, Colton enjoys reading state constitutions to compare how other “laboratories of democracy” have chosen to govern. Colton hopes to help educate people on how accessible city, county, and state government is and how we should be open to trying new ideas to form the more perfect union the Founders intended.

Term: 2020 – 2022

Athena Christodoulou Political Director

As a board member and past president of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association, Athena leads and teaches others about climate action. For three recent legislative sessions, she has been a citizen lobbyist. Athena ran for Albuquerque City Council in 2019 and the New Mexico Senate in 2020.

A retired Navy engineer, proven leader and entrepreneur, she works to enact change in our community, from fighting for the health and safety of future generations to stimulating sustainable and equitable economic growth. She’s ready to fight hard for her granddaughter’s generation and New Mexico’s future.

As political director, Athena oversees activities such as endorsements, lobbying, party affairs, and voter registration.

Term: 2020 – 2022

Nicole Olonovich Administrative Director

An alumni of UNM, and earning two master’s degrees, Master of Social Work and Master of Business, from New Mexico Highlands University—Nicole has been focused on Government/Nonprofit Leadership her entire adult life. Nicole is a strong advocate for mental health awareness, LGBTQIA+ protections, mutual aid, equity for historically marginalized populations, the housing crisis, access to healthcare, disability rights, socioeconomic and environmental justice. Working in partnerships with grassroots communities, building coalitions of likeminded individuals, and demanding fundamental rights are at the heart of her calling. 


Like her glorious flower room full of carnivores, creepers, succulents, and everyday embryophytes she looks forward to being part of the growth that is the blooming of the Adelante Progressive Caucus. 


As the Administrative Director of the APC, Nicole looks forward to working in partnerships centered around equity and inclusion to promote progressive action.

Term: 2020 – 2022