Miguel Acosta is the Co-Director of Earth Care, a multi-generational community leadership organization in Santa Fe, where his current focus is propelling Santa Fe Mutual Aid – a collective of organizations that have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Miguel brings more than 45 years of experience in advocating for educational opportunities and sustainable community development for underserved populations. He has been the Director of El Colegio Sin Fronteras, a Principal Associate at the Center for Relational Learning, a Community Health Promoter with NM DOH, a program developer at UNM, and has served on the Board of Education of Albuquerque Public Schools.
Beth Beloff is Executive Director of the Coalition of Sustainable Communities NM, an organization of local governments aligned around supporting climate and sustainability actions that help advance their local objectives. Prior to this role, she was Chair of Sustainable Santa Fe Commission which developed the 25-year sustainability and carbon neutral plan for Santa Fe in partnership with City staff and community members.
Terry Brunner is the CEO of Pivotal New Mexico, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization helping organizations get the funding they need to achieve their charitable and social missions. Terry has over 25 years of public policy and community development experience in New Mexico having served as President Barack Obama’s appointee to New Mexico State Director of USDA Rural Development and State Director to former United States Senator Jeff Bingaman.
Robert Chavez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union, has been on the executive leadership team of the $2.8 billion, 110,000-member credit union since 2000. He currently serves as an Advisory Member of the Sandia Science & Technology Park Advisory Council, as a Board member of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Business Advisory Council for New Mexico State University.
Judy Cormier is a retired Banking Senior Executive with over 30 years regulatory compliance experience. She built successful compliance programs within two separate banking institutions and was Chief Compliance Officer/Director of Consumer Compliance for 11 years prior to Retirement. After serving on the Santa Fe Public Bank Task Force in 2018, Judy continued her involvement, as a member of the State Public Banking Committee from 2019 to present.
Harold Dixon is the former President/CEO of the State Employees Credit Union and Chairman of the Board for New Mexico Credit Union Association.
Eric Griego is the State Director of the New Mexico Working Families Party, running campaigns to raise standards for working families. For the past three decades Eric has worked as a researcher, analyst and policy maker on applied public policy issues ranging from economic development to early childhood education at the local, state, national and international levels, serving as an Albuquerque City Councilman, Assistant Cabinet Secretary for Economic Development under Governor Richardson, and State Senator. He also led New Mexico Voices for Children, an anti-poverty advocacy, research and policy non-profit organization focusing on children and families.
For 37 years, Kent Halla and his wife Martha have owned Sierra Vista Growers, an extensive and diverse farm and nursery in La Mesa. Regenerative agriculture, permaculture techniques, in house propagation system and clean energy are among the tenets of this business, which is fully solar-powered and soon will be fully drip irrigated. A restaurant and country store serving locally grown foods, herbs, flowers and other goodies is being added to the business.
A recipient of their investment in the local community is La Semilla Food Center, which received from the Hallas 14 acres of farm land, a tractor, farm implements and other materials needed to grow healthy, local food and teach regenerative agriculture and gardening.
John Hatch, Ph.D.
Isabelle Jenniches is a skilled community organizer who draws from her experience in policy-making and farmer-to-farmer education. She is Co-Founder of the Healthy Soil Working Group. An accomplished artist with a background in theater and design, she acts as the group’s webmaster and outreach coordinator. Moving to the US in 2005, she worked at a fifth generation family farm in California before coming to New Mexico. She represents the Working Group on the National Healthy Soils Policy Network and serves on the board of the NM Food & Agriculture Policy Council.
Pat Leahan is Co-director of the Las Vegas (NM) Peace & Justice Center, a nonpartisan, community-based, grassroots organization focused on social, economic and environmental justice.
Manuel Montoya, Ph.D.
Manuel (MJR) Montoya, Ph.D. is an Associate professor of global structures and international management at the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management. Generally he researches global political economy and is concerned with how we make the planet a meaningful part of our social and economic realities and has published work on issues ranging from international trade to creative economy. He has delivered over 100 lectures across the world and is recognized as a leading authority in the burgeoning field of critical management studies. In private life, he has been an amateur watchmaker for 12 years, and is a published poet and short story writer. Dr. Montoya was born and raised in Mora, New Mexico.
Winona Nava has been President/CEO of Guadalupe Credit Union (GCU), a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), for 29 years. Under her leadership the Credit Union has grown from $10 to $200 million in assets. GCU provides products and services accompanied by one-on-one financial coaching and financial education in order to provide financial empowerment to those living in 7 counties in Northern New Mexico.
Paul O'Connell, Ph.D.
Paul O’Connell’s (Ph.D. Economics) 40+ years professional career revolved around the economic analysis of agricultural and forestry production and processing, the natural resources on which the production depends and administration of related research and development programs. He spent over a decade with the Rural Development Division of the World Bank in Washington DC where he worked in four African countries, Ukraine, Brazil and the Philippines, conducted training programs in sustainable agriculture, lectured in Australia and New Zealand, and ran the World Bank Expo in Hanover, Germany in 2000.
Wendy Volkmann works with philanthropists, finding organizations that match their vision for social and economic justice. Her interests in racial justice and climate change have led her to advocate for grassroots movement-building organizations led by the people most impacted by society’s challenges. While often the least resourced, it is impacted communities that best understand the challenges they face, the solutions needed, and that are the most dedicated to making change. Wendy’s delight is to link donors with values-aligned organizations.
Reilly White, Ph.D.
Dr. Reilly White is an Associate Professor of Finance and Endowed Bank of America Lecturer at the University of New Mexico. In addition to teaching MBA students, Dr. White serves as the University Outreach Chair for the CFA Society of New Mexico and Director of the $3.6 Million student-run Regent’s Portfolio. Prior to his career in academia, Dr. White worked as an analyst for a large Boston-based bank, where he learned a great deal about company analysis, funding, and maintaining ethical corporate leadership.