Who We Are

Rashad Mahmood

Rashad Mahmood

Executive Director

Rashad Mahmood works to support local journalism in New Mexico as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Local News Fund. His focus is on local news equity, ensuring that people and communities all over the state have access to the news and information they need. Before coming to New Mexico a decade ago, he worked in international development in Washington DC, Egypt and Iraq. He has worked in print, online and radio journalism. In New Mexico he worked for the youth media organization Generation Justice and KUNM 89.9 FM Radio."

Mark Glaser

Mark Glaser

Director of Business and Program Development

Mark Glaser is a consultant and advisor with a focus on supporting local and independent news in America. He was the founder and executive director of MediaShift.org, and is an associate at Dot Connector Studio, working with the Knight Foundation and Democracy Fund.
Diana Alba-Soular

Diana Alba Soular

Project Coordinator (Southern NM)

Diana Alba Soular is a New Mexico native who was raised in the state's Bootheel. She attended New Mexico State University, graduating with degrees in journalism and biology in 2004. She began work at the Las Cruces Sun-News as a reporter the same year. There, she covered numerous beats, including local government, public schools, higher education, border and immigration, water and agriculture, mental health, and Spaceport America. The highlight of her nearly 15-year-long career at the Sun-News came in 2018 when she was part of a team of USA Today Network journalists whose work was recognized with that year's Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism. In mid-2019, she left the newspaper to pursue independent writing projects, as well as to assist family.
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Tara Gatewood

Project Coordinator (Northern NM)

Tara Gatewood (@taraN8V) is an Isleta Pueblo/Diné award winning host and producer of the nationally syndicated radio call-in show, Native America Calling. Each weekday she leads thought-provoking conversations with invited guests and callers on issues specific to Indigenous nations like art, health care, culture, politics, pop culture and justice. Beyond radio broadcasting, her palette of story-sharing also includes working in South Dakota, Minnesota and Massachusetts. She reported and photographed for several news organizations and her past works can be found in the Boston Globe, Aberdeen American News, St. Paul Pioneer Press and Native Peoples Magazine. She is also the voice of the Indigenous Foundation radio program heard on Santa Fe New Mexico’s KSFR 101.1 FM each Saturday.


Tanya Cole

Program Assistant

Tanya Cole is a mother, gardener, DJ, as well as native New Mexican. She has been involved in public radio for over 30 years beginning with college and community radio in Oregon--KBVR and KBOO, to KUNM here in Albuquerque. While at KUNM she hosted NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition, was a Production Tech, an Account Executive, and is still a volunteer DJ. She recognizes the importance of consistent, trustworthy, and sustainable local news supported by the local community. She works to help broaden accessibility to local news for all New Mexicans.

Sarah Gustavus

Sarah Gustavus Lim


Sarah founded the New Mexico Local News Fund and currently serves as co-director. She also manages a national initiative at the Solutions Journalism Network that supports solutions-focused stories about promising responses to address poverty. Her previous experience over nearly 15 years in public radio and television, including as Executive Producer of National Programs at the Native American-owned Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, helped her develop a deep understanding of the value of news that responds to the needs of communities. She holds an M.A in Media and Communication from City University London and a B.S. in Communication studies from the University of Texas at Austin.