District 4 - Johana Bencomo
Johana Bencomo was born in Colonia Aldama, a small town in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. She migrated to the United States with her family when she was 8 years old. Johana has called Las Cruces home since she was 18 years old, having moved here to attend New Mexico State University – where she earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Masters in Social Work.
She currently serves as the Interim-Director for the local faith-based organizing non-profit, NM Comunidades en Accion y de Fe. She has been working with the non-partisan organization for 5 years. Johana has committed to a career in social justice and building power with underrepresented communities, primarily focusing on leadership development efforts. Prior to her work at NM CAFé, she worked for a federal TRIO program at NMSU, where she served as an academic advisor for first-generation and low-income students.
Bencomo is also a board member of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, a field instructor for NMSU’s School of Social Work, and a current WK Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellow.
Johana was elected to the Las Cruces City Council District 4 in the 2019 Municipal Election. She believes in the great potential of District 4 and recognizes its unique needs. Johana hopes to implement precinct wide meetings within the district. This will give residents an opportunity to express their desired changes through a more localized process that honors those unique situations.
Johana became a first-time homeowner this year, besides enjoying spending time in her new home, she also enjoys exploring our public lands or traveling to new destinations with her partner, Patrick.
City Charter Section 2.04 General Powers and Duties
All powers of the city shall be vested in the council, except as otherwise provided by law or this Charter, and the council shall provide for the exercise thereof and for the performance of all duties and obligations imposed on the city by law.