I am a Research Associate at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) where my focus has been in the evaluation and implementation of evidence-based prevention programs to reduce underage drinking and prescription opioid misuse in New Mexico. I am part of the state-level evaluation team for several grants through New Mexico Human Services Division Office of Substance Abuse and Prevention (OSAP), that aim to reduce underage and adult drinking, prescription painkiller misuse and overdose-related deaths. As part of the state-level evaluation team, I support with the development and implementation of the New Mexico Community Survey, that informs the process and outcome evaluation of programs across the state to carry out prevention work related to alcohol and substance abuse. Additionally, I also work on local evaluation contracts with OSAP-funded communities and the National Center for Frontier Communities. With the lead evaluator, I have provided evaluation technical assistance that is tailored to these individual communities, that have ranged from rural to urban, and serving diverse populations. I am currently a project coordinator for PIRE’s SAMHSA PFS-19 grant in which we have partnered with Bernalillo County’s Health Equity Council to implement underage drinking prevention and opioid misuse in youth and young adults, in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. I am a fluent and native Spanish speaker, with a passion to help infuse cultural competence and understanding into data collection and dissemination of findings, and work with local providers on building capacity to utilize data for the benefit of their programs.