Chief Operating Officer

Melanie Aranda

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Melanie Aranda is the Chief Operating Officer and Founding Member of the Center for Civic Policy (CCP) and the Co-Director of the NM Civic Engagement Table. Melanie’s involvement in social justice issues began in 1995 as a volunteer for the Petroglyph National Monument Protection Coalition, a non-profit organization involved in the struggle for indigenous rights. Prior to founding CCP, Melanie served as Vice President of an ABQ based political consulting firm that helped elect local progressive leaders into office.  Melanie has also been a small business owner for over 13 years, working with nonprofits, small businesses, and consultants to maintain accurate financial records. 

A proud Chicana, Melanie Aranda currently lives in the South Valley with her husband James, her daughter Gloria, and Pit Bull Gizmo and 13 Southwestern Box Turtles.