STUDENT LEADERSHIP TEAM -Fall 2022

Andrea Benites
Director of Coordination

Andrea is a current graduate student pursuing a dual master’s degree in business administration and public policy. She comes from a town just outside of Philadelphia, and is a former student-athlete and ASUNM Senator. She concentrates on environmental legislation in her professional career and hopes to bring awareness to the urgency of our changing climate. Serving as our Director of Coordination, she will bring her policy strategy our environmental priorities.

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Jess Newman
Director of Operations

Jess is a senior at UNM studying Communication and getting a minor in Sustainability Studies. She currently works for the sustainability studies program on their website and social media. She also provides a student voice for the program. She has been part of UNM LEAF for over a year now and has helped write ASUNM resolutions on sustainability on campus that passed. She was born and raised in Albuquerque and has seen the impacts that climate change and drought have had on her home.

Kineo Memmer
Director of Communication and Outreach

Kineo is a senior at the University of New Mexico, studying Environmental Science with a minor in Sustainability Studies and Designation in Honors. She knows that climate change poses a risk to everyone on this planet and we have to do everything we can to slow down its effects. She believes that institutions such as the University of New Mexico should do everything they can to make it clear that climate change is a risk, by publicly declaring that we are in a climate emergency, divesting from fossil fuels, and creating better environmental education opportunities for UNM students.

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Feleecia Guillen
Director of Finances

Feleecia is a sophomore at UNM studying General Management and minoring in Sustainability Studies. In 2020, she founded Youth Climate Action Coalition New Mexico with a group of friends who wanted to make a difference and purse environmental change. While still managing YCAC NM, she decided to join UNM LEAF to spread her activism further. She says,"If one things is clear, it’s that the natural world is fading. Climate change is not only evident in New Mexico but all around the world, more than ever, but if we act now, it’s possible to be a part of the solution."

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Rio Chavez
Director of Media

Rio Chavez is a sophomore here at UNM. She is currently majoring in Biology and minoring in Environmental Science. She is extremely excited to be on the leadership team for UNM LEAF and working to educate students and staff about global warming. Global warming is important to Rio because as she states, “Earth is our only real home and it’s our job to protect it.” 

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Bella Kamps
Director of Art and Graphics

Bella is a senior at UNM studying Art Education. She is very excited to make art that has the ability to reach the community in a positive and productive way! Bella believes that art has a huge potential to spread awareness surrounding environmental and sustainability issues and is so grateful to have a position on the leadership team!

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