Maurreen Skowran, Chair
Maurreen Skowran was born in the Philippines and moved around before settling in New Mexico in 2009. After careers in the Marine Corps and journalism, she earned a degree in geography at UNM and now works as a data analyst. Maurreen first got involved in politics in 2015 through the Sierra Club, with a focus on climate change. Since then, she has volunteered on a number of campaigns and helped form Adelante. In 2019, Maurreen attended the Emerge New Mexico training program and challenged an entrenched Republican for a seat on the Albuquerque City Council. She enjoys UNM women’s basketball games and her cat, Xena.
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.
Debbi Brody – Chair, Congressional District 3
Debbi Brody is a lifelong activist, attending protests before she could walk. She is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America where progressive values rule. She graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1979 at the top of her sociology class and went on to help birth and work at domestic violence and rape crisis centers around Illinois. After working with adjudicated delinquents in a day school as the family and diversion services worker, she completely burnt out on the heartbreak of a system that didn’t help or protect children and left social work. (Although she has a day job,) as an award winning poet, Debbi leads workshops throughout the Southwest. As a professional story writer, she helps individuals write items, just like this bio., in a manner that engages rather than bores.
Sara Hume – Secretary
Sara was born in Espanola, NM and now resides in Santa Fe. A lifelong Democrat and enthusiastic voter, Sara became involved in politics at the local level during the 2016 presidential primaries. She is now the Ward 5D vice-chair and a Santa Fe CCC and an SCC member. Along with electing Democrats, Sara is concerned with integrity and transparency in the Democratic party and believes she will make progress toward both of these goals in her work with the Adelante Progressive Caucus.
Cheryl Harris – Treasurer
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, reading, and Uber driving. She loves her kitties, her son and daughter and grandchildren who all live out of state.
Jerry Morris — At-large Officer 1
Jerry has spent the majority of his adult years serving as a soldier and as a civilian Army employee. Only recently has he participated in politics of any sort. In 2015 he became involved in a local (Las Cruces) organization that supported a presidential candidate. After the 2016 election he concluded that more people needed to become active in the Democratic Party. He subsequently became a State Central Committee member and a committee member on the State Platform and Resolutions Committee. He is now looking forward to working in the Adelante Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party of New Mexico to promote fairness in the Primary process and advance other progressive issues.
Jay Levine — At-large Officer 2
Jay has been active on climate changes issues since around 2012. He considers himself a climate hawk, and as such views issues & policies through the lens of climate change. He is a member of Renewable Taos, Taos Democrats County Central Committee, State Central Committee, NM Democratic Pary State Platform and Resolutions Committee (SPARC). He has been a citizen lobbyist at the Round House during the legislative sessions for past few years. Jay loves driving his electric car around our enchanting state and rarely turns down an invitation to visit somewhere new. Originally from New York, he finally found his home in Taos. Progressives must lead the way.