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Karen Heldmeyer, former city councilor, will discuss Santa Fe city politics in light of the recent city elections. She plans to talk about issues including the city budget, the current governing body, and how city residents can become more involved in local political affairs.
Joelle Marier currently works as the BLM Grassroots Organizer for the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. Outside of her multifaceted role as a community organizer, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, skiing, and just plain experiencing the wild lands of New Mexico and the Western U.S. – the essence of which she attempts to capture through nature writing and traditional drawing media.
Prosperity Works is an intermediary organization that partners with local organizations in New Mexico. "It teaches them how to develop and offers effective strategies to help hard working families move into the middle class. Prosperity Works mission is to buildd the capacities of families, organizations and communities to advocate for policies that generate economic prosperity for all New Mexicans.
Senator Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe - 25) is a second term State Senator. He spent four years as a Representative in the State House from 2004 through 2008 replacing Max Coll who retired from the seat.
Host & Moderator Judith Fein organized the first conversation at The Forum at The University of Art and Design. She states that the "purpose of organizing the event is to help people connect in a way that is rooted in a deeper understanding and appreciation of one another".
On his own words, Joe writes, "I was born in PA and have lived in NM since the early 70's. I began at the University of New Mexico at KUNM-FM and the Daily Lobo. Later, I was news director for KRZY-KRST radio. In 1979 I joined the D.C. staff of GOP NM Rep. Manuel Lujan as communications director."
Jan Denton, Conservation Chair of the Santa Fe Garden Club, will address the commitments that the Santa Fe Garden Club has made in our local community through conservation volunteer activities, advocacy, and grant making.
Mariel Nanasi is the Executive Director and President of New Energy Economy. A civil rights and criminal defense attorney, she is licensed to practice in both the state and federal courts. When Mariel realized the urgency of climate change, she came to work for New Energy Economy as the senior policy advisor. Two years later, she was asked to serve as executive director. A zealous organizer, Mariel’s can-do spirit is infectious.
Maggie Toulouse Oliver will be discussing her campaign for Secretary of State and reform agenda for New Mexico that will raise the bar for transparency and accountability from state government, public officials, candidates, lobbyists and political organizations.
Erin Sanborn will take lessons from Northern New Mexican politics; Taos, and share audacious strategies for transforming local politics. This event will be both a presentation and a dialogue with community members. Come explore the world of political possibilities.
People are using guns to kill, injure and traumatize New Mexico's children and families, with costly consequences for entire communities. Gun violence is a particularly acute problem for children in New Mexico. This Lecture will focus on gun violence in New Mexico as a public health epidemic.
Mary McGinnis has been living, writing, working and laughing in New Mexico since 1972. Her published books include Private Stories on Demand, October Again, and her first full-length collection, Listening for Cactus, published by Sherman Asher Publishing in 1996.
Merle Lefkoff (Founder and CEO) spent decades as an international mediator in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, and Central and Eastern Europe. She received a research grant to study Complex Adaptive Systems, also called Complexity Science, and its application to global peace building. She was appointed Guest Scientist and Affiliate at the Center for Non-Linear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she explored the natural laws that govern collective human behavior.
Loftin is the CEO of Homewise, an innovative social enterprise based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Homewise has pioneered an intensely customer-centric business model for creating low- and moderate-income homeowners. Homewise currently has retail branches in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
For the past two 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 level. For the first ten years of his career after receiving his Master’s Degree at the University of Maryland’s Public Policy School, he worked on international economic and labor issues at several agencies and on Capitol Hill.
Elected to the NM House of Representatives from Santa Fe in 2008, Brian Egolf is a practicing attorney in Santa Fe and has served as the Chairman of the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee since 2011. Egolf worked in the Bill Clinton White House, the US Treasury Department, and for Congressman Tom Udall.
A former archaeologist and Sierra Club activist, Courtney White dropped out of the ‘conflict industry’ in 1997 to co-found the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists, public land managers, scientists and others around practices that improve land health (see www.quiviracoalition.org).
Fred Nathan founded Think New Mexico and is its Executive Director. Fred served as Special Counsel to New Mexico Attorney General Tom Udall from 1991-1998. In that capacity, he was the architect of several successful legislative initiatives and was in charge of New Mexico’s lawsuit against the tobacco industry, which resulted in a $1.25 billion settlement for the state.
Paul Gibson, the Santa Fe Coordinator for the Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president, will speak on the national and local campaign. He will describe the specific differences between Sanders, Clinton and GOP candidates in relation to past Senate votes, current positions, and major funders.
Camilla Feibelman serves as Director of the Rio Grande Chapter of Sierra Club, which represents over 7,000 members. Camilla works with hundreds of volunteers throughout New Mexico and West Texas to protect special places like the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Albuquerque’s Rio Grande Bosque, and to help curb global warming while stimulating the economy through renewable energy development.