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Othiamba Umi ’02

FullSizeRenderOTHIAMBA UMI ’02 recently returned to Santa Fe and joined Think New Mexico, a nonpartisan, results-oriented think tank, as its Field Director where he coordinates social media, grassroots organizing, and coalition-building for the organization. His work involves advocacy and lobbying at the New Mexico Legislature, building connections with various civic groups around social issues such as making health care prices and quality more transparent, preventing the reimposition of the food tax, and ensuring lottery scholarships continue to receive 30% of lottery revenues.

Othiamba is a lifelong resident of New Mexico with roots in Hobbs. He credits much of his success to the exceptional and well-rounded education he received at Santa Fe Prep. After Prep he went on to earn dual bachelor degrees in Spanish and Psychology, cum laude, at the University of New Mexico and then to the University of New Mexico School of Law where he was active in student body government and elected Student Bar Association President. Before joining Think New Mexico, Othiamba was an Assistant Trial Attorney with the New Mexico District Attorney’s Office.

Othiamba said he’s happy to be back in Santa Fe and is also “…delighted to be a part of Think New Mexico because it gives me the opportunity to work on meaningful changes to law and policy that help improve the quality of life in New Mexico.” He has reconnected with Kristina Fisher, Santa Fe Prep ’98, who has worked with Think New Mexico since 2002. Kristina was a Research Director and, after graduating from the UNM School of Law, became the Associate Director.

In his spare time, Othiamba enjoys playing bass guitar in the Iyah Band with his father, reading, and playing soccer, as well as spending time with his family, friends, and golden retriever, Ramses.

You can reach Othiamba at othiamba@gmail.com.