Meet the Team

Congressional District 1 Vice Chair: Athena Christodoulou

Athena Christodoulou, CDR (ret), was one of a handful of women instructors at Nuclear Power School and one of a few women Navy Engineering Duty Officers (EDO). From the Navy she learned about equality, integrity, and excellence; and to care for those she led in the defense of our country. Athena worked with cutting edge technology as an environmental engineer in the USNR and continues working at this same level with new technology companies striving to solve our nation’s biggest problems. Athena is a strong proponent for our environment and renewable energy, the Political Director in the Adelante Caucus, the Chair for Precinct 425, and she ran for Senate District 21 in 2020. She brings her veteran’s ethics and engineer’s mindset to serve as a Caucus Vice Chair for CD 1. Reach Athena directly at 

Congressional District 1 Vice Chair: Richard Moody

Born in Germany to parents who both served in the U.S. Army, Rick grew up on a series of military bases and in small towns across the US. He worked overseas for 18 years as a contractor with both the Defense Department and State Department before returning to New Mexico with his wife, Claudia Risner (a Navy veteran). Rick earned his BA at UNM – Go Lobos – and MBA while living in the Netherlands. He is an Executive Board member and volunteer with the East Mountain Food Pantry, a volunteer with Volunteers for Immigrants in Detention – Albuquerque, and a novelist. He serves as a Caucus Vice Chair for CD1 and Deputy Treasurer because he wants to continue recent efforts to build and invigorate the Caucus to help veterans and their families. Reach Rick directly at