Chief Programs Officer, Harwood Art Center - Escuela del Sol Montessori
Julia has more than 15 years of experience in arts and humanities, program building and community organizing. An East Coaster by birth, her life is now rooted in curating creative, exhibition and professional development opportunities in New Mexico, as well as in coordinating platforms that enable artists of all ages to connect with and enrich their surroundings. Julia serves on boards for an array of cultural, economic and municipal development initiatives, and she is an Albuquerque Business First 40 Under 40 and Local iQ: 5 Women Driving Local Creative Industry Honoree. Albuquerque is her favorite place in the world.
David Silverman, Co-Chair
Qualifying Broker - Geltmore LLC
Born in Hobbs NM. Lived in ABQ from Ages 2-18. Product of Albuquerque Public Schools. University of Colorado at Boulder, Bachelors in Business Admin with an Emphasis in Marketing. Unofficial self awarded minor in skiing. Commercial Real Estate Brokerage focusing on Retail Leasing in San Diego CA from 2005-2012. Moved back to ABQ in 2012 to provide my father with a succession plan for his business. Moved to Downtown ABQ and fell in love with Downtown thru living there and working on the Imperial Building.
President & CEO, New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC)
Nyika Allen is passionate about technology, startups, women's issues and the economic health of NM. In 2015 Allen helped pass HB 142, Unauthorized Distribution of Sensitive Images and spoke about her experience at the 2015 TEDxABQ main event. She holds a BBA in International Management from ASM, UNM and the UNM Honors Program. Nyika graduated magna cum laude with both university and scholastic honors and an international designation. She was recently recognized as an Albuquerque Business First's 2016 Women of Influence honoree, a 40 Under 40 honoree and the most influential 40 under 40 for the class of 2016.
President & CEO, NM Association of Commerce & Industry
An Albuquerque native and graduate of Albuquerque Academy, Jason has nearly a decade of experience in government affairs, coalition building, and lobbying the New Mexico State Legislature. He graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with Bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science. Jason also holds a Master’s degree in Political Management from The George Washington University. Jason is a proud father of two wonderful children, Kensington (3 years old) and Windsor (4 months old) and husband to his wonderful wife and best friend, Brittany (don’t worry…I won’t list her age here).
Owner/Director, Central Features Contemporary Art
Nancy Zastudil is an art curator, writer, editor, and administrator dedicated to making positive change through philanthropy and entrepreneurship in the arts. Her personal and professional approach is inspired by Constructivist artist Vladimir Tatlin, who has been quoted as saying, "Not the old, not the new, but the necessary."
Marketing Director, Twistle
Brad grew up on the mean streets of Vegas, but it took a postgraduate relocation to NYC (sans-money) to find his hustle. Brad ended up operating a portfolio of boutique hotels and hostels throughout the northeast all while founding a few start-ups. He moved to Albuquerque to lead the content marketing newsroom at McKee Wallwork + Co. and ended up founding another start-up within the agency - Swellstarter (a social media platform). Brad is currently running the marketing at Twistle (a healthcare start-up). He’s an early adopter of tech, a wannabe runner, an amateur carpenter, dog owner, father and husband.
Special Projects Coordinator, Office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall
Born in Knoxville, TN and raised in Albuquerque. He is a graduate of New Mexico State University with Bachelor's degrees in Economics and Government. In Senator Udall's Office, his focus is on economic development, public lands, and water policy issues in central New Mexico. Outside of work, you'll find him camping and hiking in the great outdoors, enjoying live music at one of Albuquerque's many great breweries, and racing to fill up his passport.
Development & Communications Director, New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks
Lorilynn is dedicated to advancing socially just and creative communities. At NMCAN, she aims to improve foster care for youth and their transition to adulthood. She has previously worked at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Posse Foundation, and Free Arts of Arizona with experience in fundraising, volunteer management, and neighborhood outreach. Lorilynn has a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College (New York City) and a BA in printmaking and mixed media from Arizona State University. In addition to building relationships in the community, Lorilynn enjoys attending arts & culture events, exploring the outdoors, and all things related to food.
Senior Account Manager, Otis Elevator Company
John served as an Air Force Officer from 2002-2006 including a combat tour in Afghanistan in 2004. In addition to being a full time sales and marketing professional, John serves as a Volunteer Meditator with Bernalillo Metro Court Alternate Dispute Resolution Program, Big Brother’s Big Sister’s Mentor 2.0 Mentor. John’s passions are lifelong learning, non-violent/transformative communication, and the optimization of organizational systems. John holds a B.S. from the US Air Force Academy, and M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University, and will complete a M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe in December 2016.
Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Visit Albuquerque
Audrey is a New Mexico-born Albuquerque devotee, green chile fanatic and dog lover. She has a BA in Mass Communication from UNM where she graduated magna cum laude. Audrey has been with Visit Albuquerque in various marketing roles for the last 6 years. She still can't believe she gets to brag about all the amazing things Albuquerque has to offer for a living! In 2015, she was recognized among the Destination Marketing Association International's 30 Under 30 honorees.
Energy Consultant, SolarCity/Tesla
Since New Mexico enticed Ragan with its sunsets and agricultural heritage, she focused her energy on agriculture along the Rio Grande Valley. For ten years she worked with small, local & Organic farms – cultivating production, consulting farmers, as management with the Downtown ABQ Growers Market, and coordinating UNM’s on-campus community gardens program. Synthesizing her sustainable agricultural experience with business and renewable energy education, Ragan co-founded a biofuel company, providing foundation for her current roles with Tesla/SolarCity, as an energy consultant and legislative advisor. She considers healthy environment, civic engagement and policy crucial for socially just, economically viable communities.
Communications Manager, American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico
Rachael's experience in political and community advocacy began in college, where she was a founding member and co-President of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at UNM. Rachael has a BA in American Studies from UNM where she graduated cum laude, in addition to a certificate in Fashion Design from Santa Fe Community College. As a native New Mexican, she loves our state's unique way of life and our diverse and resilient communities.
Kristen believes citizenship is implemented on the individual level by acting kindly and by listening to each other. Infrastructure is imperative because it is the intersection of quality of life, the environment and pleasure. It is this idea that drove her to study Planning and Design at UNM, work in the battleground field that is Planning and to collaborate with inspiring people in Urban ABQ, Emerge ABQ, Meow Wolf and, MiABQ. She was the co-founder of the ABQ Aerialist Collective and currently teaches and trains at ABQ Circus Arts and performs all over the state.
Business Development Manager, New Mexico Pinon Coffee
A lifelong burqueno, Madison is all about making her community a better place. Whether it's supporting groups like Special Olympics of New Mexico or adopting local children during the holiday season, strangers quickly become friends and friends turn to family. As the Business Development Manager of New Mexico Piñon Coffee Company, Madison oversees the day-to-day operations of their local coffee houses, distribution, and special events. Outside of coffee, she also serves on the Board for the North I-25 Association. A lover of (red) salsa dancing, she enjoys many of New Mexico's hiking trails and curling up with a good book. Salud!
Director, ABQ Old School
Leila was born & raised in the South Valley, went to Rio Grande High and the University of Pennsylvania where she studied Architecture and Environmental Science. Leila co-founded the ABQ Old School to share her passion for DIY and self-reliance. She works as a freelance designer and volunteers tirelessly with community groups that work on sustainability, resilience, social justice, art, urbanism, and the sharing economy. Downtown ABQ is her stomping ground, where she lives car-free just a few blocks from the home in which her grandmother was raised.