Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed five people to the board that oversees the state lottery, including an official with a nonpartisan think tank that has advocated for changes in New Mexico’s lottery-funded scholarship program.
The appointment of Othiamba Umi, field director at Think New Mexico, was announced Monday. A native New Mexican, Umi received degrees from the University of New Mexico and worked as an attorney in the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office before joining Think New Mexico in 2014.
Others appointed to the New Mexico Lottery Authority are Leo Romero, former dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law; Key Investigations owner David Keylon; accountant Reta Jones; and Nina Thayer, who is retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory.