State Director

Hannah Wood earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration (2014) and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English (2011) from UNM. Hannah was a participant in Youth and Government from 2004-2006, serving in the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches. Since 2006, Hannah has returned as an alumni advisor, and was a founding member and President of the YMCA NM Youth and Government Alumni Association at UNM from 2008-2011. Hannah is also a co-leader of the YMCA of Central New Mexico's Youth Unity Project. Hannah loves supporting New Mexico youth, spending time with her dogs, and working to promote civic engagement.

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Former State Director, Esteemed Alum

Michael served as the Youth Governor of New Mexico Youth and Government in 2008-2009 from Eldorado High School, before graduating and heading to the University of New Mexico. He stayed involved with Youth and Government, the YMCA, and the alumni program in order to help continue growing the program. Michael served as State Director for Youth & Government from 2015-2020.

Along with his work with the YMCA, Michael has owned and operated a political consulting firm, served as a Policy Analyst for the Albuquerque City Council, and now works in politics again. 



Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

Madison Kelsh earned her Associates degree in Liberal Arts in 2020 as well as graduating from East Mountain High School. During her time in high school she was involved in student council, NHS, and Youth & Government. Within this program she was the Video, and Media Director for three years. Madison now attends The University of New Mexico pursing a degree in Business with a concentration in film and marketing. She currently works a production company and began a business generating marketing materials for Realtors. Madison hopes to continue growing the media branch and helping students find their passion. She is also very tall and has a great sense of humor. 505-288-1179



Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

Thomas Valenzuela attended high school at East Mountain High School and graduated from Skyline High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He is currently attending Central New Mexico Community College pursuing an Associates degree. Thomas works as a graphic designer for a political consulting firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico while working full-time for his family business. During his time in high school, he was involved in both New Mexico Youth & Government and Idaho Youth & Government focusing on photography, media, and graphic design. He made history as the first and only Idaho delegate at the Conference on National Affairs. Thomas is excited to help promote Youth & Government and support the program grow through social media and digital forms.