Who We Are

Sarah Gustavus

Sarah Gustavus

Program Manager

Sarah worked in public radio and television for nearly 15 years, including a decade in New Mexico. In addition to leading NMLNF, she is the Mountain West Region Manager for the Solutions Journalism Network, a national organization that supports reporting on how communities are responding to problems. Sarah believes in the potential of New Mexico and the power of engaging with communities to create journalism that serves local news and information needs.

Rashad Mahmood

Rashad Mahmood

Development Manager

Rashad Mahmood is an expert storyteller with 9+ years of experience in journalism, grant writing, public relations, mediation and program management. He works to support local journalism in New Mexico as the Development Manager for the New Mexico Local News Fund. He has applied for and received over $1.1 million in grants from foundations.

Rashad has a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. Before coming to New Mexico he worked in international development in Washington DC, Egypt and Iraq. He also worked for two years as a business journalist in Egypt. After moving to Albuquerque, he worked as the Program Outreach Coordinator for Generation Justice, and in December 2014 joined KUNM 89.9 FM as the Program Coordinator for the Public Health New Mexico project. In August 2019 he joined the New Mexico Local News Fund.

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.