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Javier Benavidez

Executive Director


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211 10Th Street Sw

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

United States

Company Description

We are a multi-racial, membership organization with a Board of Directors that is elected directly from our membership. We're intentional about ensuring that the composition of our staff, membership, and Board represent the communities with which we work. ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Communications Director

Center for Civic Policy

Outreach Director

Conservation Voters New Mexico



Board Member
Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund

Board Member

Board Member
Sawmill Community Land Trust

Board Member
Independent Sector

Board Member
Juntos New Mexico

Speechwriter and Communications Liaison
U.S. Congress


bachelor's degree

political science

Santa Clara University

dual master's degree

Public Administration and Community Regional Planning

University of New Mexico

masters' degrees

University of New Mexico

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Javier Benavidez of SouthWest Organizing Project SWOP: "Game-Changing Improvements" for New Mexico - Marguerite Casey Foundation

For 35 years, SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) has pursued what director Javier Benavidez calls "game-changing improvements" for the people of New Mexico. The oldest and largest social justice organization in New Mexico, SWOP combines deep grassroots organizing - with a member base of over 3,500 - with voter engagement to fight for environmental reforms, tax fairness, and social and environmental justice.
Javier Benavidez, executive director of SWOP.
Benavidez, a native New Mexican, has a long history with the organization he now leads. As a teenager and, in his own words, a "marginalized youth" dealing with police aggression, he began attending community meetings. "I heard about the organization as taking a stand for kids like me," says Benavidez.
Years later, while he was pursuing his master's degree, he returned to the organization as an intern. In August 2014, Benavidez was named as executive director. He speaks with humility when asked about taking the reins of an organization that has been part of his life for so long. "It's a real honor to be a part of a movement that means so much for the underrepresented and underserved voices in our state."
In its first years, SWOP's primary mission was environmental justice - particularly the disproportionate number of people of color who were suffering the effects of pollution in their communities. "We see communities putting up with way more than their fair share of pollution and air quality issues, Benavidez elaborates.
"I'm really inspired by the Foundation's model of investing in homegrown, local leadership and trusting them to take on the fights that matter," says Benavidez.

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Javier Benavidez, SWOP Executive Director Initiate

"At this point, a lot of promises have been made by the Air Force and the New Mexico Environment Department," says Javier Benavidez, SWOP Executive Director, "yet they continue to delay a serious cleanup process and keep failing to adhere to their own cleanup deadlines.

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