Advisory Committee

Joe Cardillo

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Joe Cardillo is an executive coach and former journalist & marketer/communications pro. Working across tech, startups, and media companies for 13+ years, Joe led teams and learned the ins & outs of marketing/brand content, journalism, media relations, analytics, SEO, and online platforms operations. Joe is also a co-founder of Coffee + Creatives and volunteers as a lead for the Albert's List Jobs & Career Community. You can stay in touch with Joe on Twitter and LinkedIn, and learn more about their work at: www.ecosystemsandentrepreneurs.com.

Marie C. Baca

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Marie C. Baca is an award-winning journalist with more than 15 years of experience covering business and technology topics. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Albuquerque Journal, among other publications. Marie received a bachelor's degree in human biology from Stanford University and a master's degree in communications from Stanford's Graduate Program in Journalism. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Casey Holland

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Casey Holland was born and raised in New Mexico and is currently the Farm Manager at Chispas Farm, a 4 acre urban farm located in Albuquerque, NM's South Valley on occupied Tiwa land. They run seasonal CSA programs, host numerous outdoor community events, and strive each year to have opportunities to eat meals on the farm for free. Casey has been farming for 10 seasons and has engaged in a wide ranging spectrum of agricultural activity and is looking forward to contributing what they can.

Tina Garcia-Shams

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Tina is the Executive Director of the Street Food Institute (SFI), an entrepreneurial and workforce training program working with individuals interested in starting their own small food business. Tina is a native New Mexican who believes both personally and professionally that food has an amazing capacity to connect people…people of all cultures, professions and generations. Tina has 27 years of experience in private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Tina continues to identify opportunities to expand resources and support for both current and past students who are looking for careers in the culinary industry or interested in starting their own small food business.

Trish Lopez

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Lopez is a native New Mexican who has worked professionally with everyone from Hollywood executives to political leaders. After 13 years in the film industry, she returned to Albuquerque in 2015 and created Teeniors® (tech-savvy teens helping seniors learn technology) after seeing her own mother struggle to adapt to the digital world. She has received local and national recognition for her work, and in 2021, Trish led a public push to reform NM judicial campaigns which helped New Mexico become the first state in the country to offer public financing for district court judges. As a graduate of UNM and supporter of numerous social causes, including independent journalism, Lopez's primary interest is bringing people together from different backgrounds to create change in our communities.

Mohammad Yousuf

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Dr. Mohammad Yousuf is an Assistant Professor in the UNM Department of Communication & Journalism. Dr. Yousuf teaches classes on digital and social media, computational text analysis, data tools for media professionals, and news writing. One of Dr. Yousuf’s current research projects is aimed at understanding any potential relationship between declining local news media and increasing user exposure to misinformation. Dr. Yousuf argues that replacement of local news organizations by social media and increasing media mergers have created an information vacuum about local issues and events, which is being utilized by people and organizations with bad intention to spread misinformation.

 

Lilly Irvin-Vitela

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Lilly Irvin-Vitela, President -Community Connects Consulting, was born, raised, and educated in New Mexico.  She has a Master’s in Community and Regional Planning and a BA in Political Science and Philosophy. She has over 25 years of experience in community development, community and regional planning, public policy, qualitative research and evaluation, strategic planning and facilitation; participatory learning and training, and community service programming to respond to the needs and interests of diverse communities.

Denise Nava

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Native New Mexican and homegrown in the small town of Silver City, Denise Nava currently works for Albuquerque Community Foundation. Before entering the nonprofit arena professionally, Denise earned her Bachelor of Arts at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. At NMSU, she pursued a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. In her role as Director of Communications and Marketing, Denise brings her expertise and knowledge in social media, event planning, writing, website design, and internet marketing to the Foundation.