Efraín was born in Juarez, Mexico and moved to the United States with his family at the age of 11. Efraín received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of New Mexico in the Spring of 2013 and upon graduating, started working for the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department as a Research Economist. Throughout his time with the Department he has had the opportunity to work closely with legislators, lobbyists, and the Governor’s Office in drafting legislation. His background and professional experience has instilled in him a passion for public policy. He is very excited to be part of the program and to apply his knowledge as he continues his career.
Paige is a first year graduate student from Apple Valley, Minnesota. Paige graduated with a Bachelor in Arts degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 2012, where she majored in Economics and minored in Spanish and International Studies. Since graduating, Paige has worked for a variety of non-profit organizations, including a year as an AmeriCorps member. Her work with non-profits has increased her interest in public policy issues, and more specifically, economic development. In addition to her graduate studies, Paige enjoys hiking, camping, and biking around Albuquerque and New Mexico.