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Who We Are

The Center for Community Analysis at New Mexico State University was established in 2016 through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and is located on the New Mexico State University campus. The Center collaborates with partners across Doña Ana County and New Mexico to gather data that is often hard-to-find or spread across many organizations, as well as gather data through surveys and assessment. This collective effort allows us to centralize, analyze, and disseminate data to the community in order to improve evidence-based decision making. Our initial focus is on Early Childhood Education and community well-being.


To strengthen the data analysis capacity of education and community advocates in Southern New Mexico and the borderland region.


To provide community organizations and government agencies with high-quality data so they can increase their collective impact capacities and improve the lives of residents in Doña Ana County and beyond.


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What We Offer


We specialize in a variety of topics:

  • Education: Early childhood, K-12, and Higher Ed
  • Health and community well-being
  • Birth to career initiatives
  • Population and demographics
  • Poverty and income equality
  • Social equity


We gather data from a variety of sources:

  • Unique data gathered from local sources
  • US Census Bureau
  • New Mexico Public Education Department
  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • New Mexico Department of Health
  • New Mexico Community Data Collaborative


We employ quantitative and qualitative research methods:

  • Surveys
  • Statistical analyses
  • Focus Ggroups
  • Interviews and observations
  • GIS mapping and geospatial analysis
  • Literature reviews
  • Content analyses
  • Case studies


We deliver data that is easy to understand and relevant to a variety of audiences:

  • Infographics
  • In-depth reports and presentations
  • Interactive data dashboards
  • Baseline reports and evaluations


Erica Surova

Director, Manager Analy.

Hallie Keller

Prog. Specialist, Sr. Researcher

Amaris Wisener

Prog. Specialist, Sr. Researcher

Leora Whiteaker

Prog. Specialist, Sr. 

Maryam Sharifi

Graduate Research Assistant

Daniel Andrade

Graduate Research Assistant

Ayanna Leal

Student Assistant