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Staff + Board

Staff + Board

Staff + Board

Staff + Board



Staff

Staff


JAVIER MARTÍNEZ

JAVIER MARTÍNEZ

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Javier Martínez has worked alongside New Mexico’s communities for 20 years.  Javier’s career started in 2000 as a community organizer in Albuquerque’s historic Barelas, Wells Park, and Sawmill neighborhoods. In 2001 he was hired by PCA, where he developed a reputation as an effective consensus builder, a tough negotiator, and a fierce advocate for working families. Over time  Javier’s work extended to Albuquerque’s North and South Valley, working with neighborhoods to improve public safety, public schools, and to secure funding public infrastructure projects.

Javier’s story is predicated upon the American Dream. His parents, Javier and Ana, came to New Mexico in search of a better future for their two children, Javier and Viridiana. Javier is a product of Albuquerque’s public schools and graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law, becoming the first in his family to attend and graduate from college. Aside from his role at PCA, Javier also serves his community on various non-profit boards and as a member of the NM State Legislature.

NICHELLE GILBERT

NICHELLE GILBERT

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Nichelle Gilbert serves as Associate Director for the Partnership for Community Action (PCA). Through advocacy and leadership development, PCA focuses on building a movement around critical community issues such as education, economic equity, wellness, and immigrant rights. In her role, Nichelle oversees day-to-day operations for the organization, implementing a broad strategic plan aligned with the mission and vision while strengthening infrastructure to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to her position at PCA, Nichelle served at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center for over a decade, working to increase and support a diverse health workforce for New Mexico.

ANTONIO GRANILLO

ANTONIO GRANILLO

COMMUNITY ADVOCACY MANAGER

Antonio Granillo is the Jumpstart Albuquerque site manager. Jumpstart is a national curriculum that brings college students into preschool classrooms to improve literacy development and prepare children to be successful for kindergarten. He executes deliverables for a federally-funded grant, coordinates between higher education (UNM & CNM) and early childhood (YDI) institutions to implement the curriculum, and evaluates the impact of the Jumpstart program on children in New Mexico. Antonio strongly believes in the intersectionality of our work toward equity in education, health, and economic security. He regularly assists on grant writing and reporting to effectively chronicle our work to funders and partners. He studies Economics at Arizona State University and enjoys acting and teaching at Working Classroom, a local performing and visual arts organization that provides conservatory-level training in underserved communities.

MARISELA RUIZ-SINALOA

MARISELA RUIZ-SINALOA

COMMUNITY ADVOCACY MANAGER

Marisela Ruiz Sinaloa serves as Community Advocacy Manager for the Partnership for Community Action (PCA). A mother of two, Marisela has been involved with PCA for more than 7 years. She began as a parent participant in the Abriendo Puertas / Opening Doors program. She eventually went on to advocate for policy to increase access to quality early child education with PCA and to facilitate the Abriendo Puertas / Opening Doors training. Marisela is an AP-OD Master Trainer and has trained parent facilitators nationally. A community organizer with PCA, Marisela, helps to oversee Communities for Education and Action (CEA) model with families in the South Valley of Albuquerque. This model promotes civic engagement, economic security, and public policies that build strong, healthy conditions for immigrant families throughout New Mexico.

Marisela is an International life coach who loves to use coaching tools to impact the lives of the people she trains on a personal level. She believes that the change begins within the individual and it is key to systematic change. Marisela believes that all parents can take on leadership when someone trusts their abilities and helps them realize their power. “Parents can all develop the knowledge and skills necessary for leadership after that foundation of trust and personal power has been laid.”

ADRIÁN A. PEDROZA

ADRIÁN A. PEDROZA

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PROJECT LEAD

Adrián A. Pedroza, is the Social Enterprise Project Lead for the Partnership for Community Action. Previously, Adrián worked with the University of New Mexico High School Equivalency and College Assistance Migrant Programs, which provide educational opportunities to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families. In addition, Adrián worked for former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman in New Mexico. Under Governor Bill Richardson, Adrián was appointed to the inaugural Hispanic Education Advisory Council. He is currently a Commissioner on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics serving on the Early Learning Sub-Committee.

Adrián serves on the National Advisory Board for the early childhood school readiness and parent engagement curriculum Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, and is on the Advisory Board of the NM Center for School Leadership. In 2012, Adrian received the Excellence in Education Award from the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. Recently, he was selected to be a part of the WK Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Fellowship Program- where he will work with diverse leaders to strengthen networks and communities to become vigorous advocates for vulnerable children and their families. He holds a B.A. in political science and an M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico. Adrián is most proud of his family- his wife Valerie, seven year old daughter Mariana and four year old son Marco.

ZULLY RODRIGUEZ

ZULLY RODRIGUEZ

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

Zully Rodriguez is also a product of PCA’s  leadership program, Communities for Education and Action (CEA), a program that she helped to develop and implement. She is an immigrant and her first contact to the organization was through Abriendo Puertas / Opening Doors program (AP). After participating in the AP class and showing her leadership and passion in parenting leadership development, she became a facilitator and she continued to develop her skills as a Leader. In addition, she continued to develop her English language skills. which helped her to lead bilingual training; her long-term personal and professional goal. After a few years, she became a community organizer. Mother of two young teenagers, she always has pushed them to be fully bilingual and also she helps them to have a better understanding of the cultural and educational challenges Latino students must overcome. She is always helping them to develop critical thinking as she has learned over the years within the organization and through interactions with people interested in the development of the community.

LIZZET VARGAS

LIZZET VARGAS

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Lizzet Vargas was born in Mexico City and has lived in the United States since 2000. She graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Mexico as a Technician in Tourism Business Administration. Here in the United States, she got her GED and is now studying at Central New Mexico College working on her degree in Business Administration. She works as Administrative Assistant for the Partnership for Community Action. She started as a participant with PCA in the Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors classes in 2011. She later served as a facilitator of the same classes. Lizzet Vargas is married to Julio C. Gaytan and they have two children, Yonnhy and Diego. She takes pride in working for an organization so dedicated to family well-being and community growth and continues to learn how to advocate for the children who are the future of our nation.

CINDY SOTO

CINDY SOTO

YOUTH LEADER

Cindy Soto was born in Valle de Allende, Chihuahua. She has been a resident in the South Valley for 16 years. Cindy graduated for South Valley Academy in May 2019, she is now attending Central New Mexico Community College studying for Business Administration. Her internship with Partnership for Community Action started when she was a sophomore in High School. She is now a Youth Leader in the organization and her goal is to have a strong group of youth in the community.


Board

Board


JAEN UGALDE

JAEN UGALDE

PRESIDENT

Jaen Emmanuel Ugalde Becerra is a native Mexicano and is currently serving as a Community Capacity Builder with the Community Engagement Center (CEC) at PCA. Jean works in partnership with community to support students, and develop leadership for capacity building, community organizing and civic engagement. In 2012, Mr. Ugalde received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico and is currently working on a masters in language literacy and sociocultural studies with a concentration in bilingual education. For the past ten years he has been involved in cultivating leadership and is inspired to devoting his life to working with undocumented students and families.

KRISTINE SUOZZI, PHD

KRISTINE SUOZZI, PHD

VICE PRESIDENT

Kristine Suozzi, Ph.D. is a former New Mexico of Health Department/ Public Health Division Director, the current coordinator for the New Mexico Health Equity Working Group, and a member of the Bernalillo County Place Matters Team. Dr. Suozzi has dedicated her professional career to promoting community health equity and reducing disparities. She worked as an evaluator for the Partnership for Community Action before joining the Board in 2013.

BERNADETTE MIERA

BERNADETTE MIERA

TREASURER

Bernadette is a 13th generation New Mexican (yes, you read right—her family dates back to the 1600s in NM). Bernadette Miera’s main goal in her job as Bernalillo County Neighborhood Program Coordinator is to create better communication between residents and county government. Miera earned her master’s degree in Community & Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico in July 2002. She graduated from UNM two years earlier with a bachelor’s degree in University Studies. She has operated a planning/facilitation consulting company as well as a legal research/courier business. Bernadette is actively involved in the community as a board member of Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum, Mother of Mercy Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic, Martineztown House of Neighborly Services, the Partnership for Community Action and Amigos y Amigas, all non-profit organizations serving Bernalillo County residents.

MERIAH HEREDIA-GRIEGO, PHD

MERIAH HEREDIA-GRIEGO, PHD

BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Meriah Heredia-Griego is currently the Evaluation, Learning and Impact Consultant for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in New Mexico. During the 2019 Legislative Session, Dr. Heredia-Griego served as the Acting Deputy Director for the New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee. She has been a bill analyst for the New Mexico Council of University Presidents, the University of New Mexico and the New Mexico State Senate.

Dr. Heredia-Griego holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Colorado State University, a Masters of Community and Regional Planning and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Chicana/o Studies from UNM. During her time at UNM, Dr. Heredia-Griego served as Director and Research Assistant Professor at the UNM Cradle to Career Policy Institute (CCPI), previously the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR), where she partnered with key education agencies and stakeholders to conduct applied research in the areas of education policy and program evaluation. Her work has been critical to making data and research available and useful for decision makers. In addition to her role as CCPI director, she also maintained a research portfolio, which included higher education policy, equity-focused research, qualitative research methods, community based participatory research, action research, Hispanic Serving Institution leadership, and workforce training programs. She has nearly twenty years of experience working with students, families, leaders, and policymakers to address some of the biggest challenges facing children and families in New Mexico.

Dr. Heredia-Griego has served on the Advisory Council for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and as a part-time instructor in Teacher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy in the UNM College of Education where she taught courses on Education Policy and Organizational

CARLOS LUCERO

CARLOS LUCERO

BOARD MEMBER

As a long time, resident of New Mexico, Carlos Lucero understands what makes our State unique and the opportunities ahead of us to make it better for our current and future generations. After leaving New Mexico for a position right out of college in Upstate New York, Carlos returned to the State he appreciates to help make a difference. Currently, Carlos sits on boards pertaining to energy and economic development including the Albuquerque Energy Council, NM Clean Cities Coalition, and WeConnectNM. Currently, Carlos serves as Government Affairs Manager at Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) as a liaison to professional business and civic groups, community organizations, and state, federal, local elected and appointed officials to troubleshoot and educate various issues affecting utility industry and energy developments.

Carlos has over fifteen years of electric utility industry and energy experience and has successively worked in the areas of system engineering, transmission planning, business customer support, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and infrastructure, smart cities initiatives, and public policy. Carlos holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of New Mexico.

CINDY SOTO

CINDY SOTO

YOUTH LEADER

Cindy Soto was born in Valle de Allende, Chihuahua. She has been a resident in the South Valley for 16 years. Cindy graduated for South Valley Academy in May 2019, she is now attending Central New Mexico Community College studying for Business Administration. Her internship with Partnership for Community Action started when she was a sophomore in High School. She is now a Youth Leader in the organization and her goal is to have a strong group of youth in the community.

SANDY MARTINEZ PINO

SANDY MARTINEZ PINO

BOARD MEMBER EMERITUS

Sandy Martinez Pino was a founding Board Member of the Partnership for Community Action, a role in which she served until her passing in 2018. Sandy worked at the Albuquerque Police Department for 25 years, retiring and coming back half time with the APD crime prevention unit, where she helped to form neighborhood watch programs and conduct community policing trainings. Sandy was an amateur and professional boxing judge for 27 years and served as president of USA Boxing for twelve years, which has over 60,000 members nationwide. Sandy was a trailblazer and a pioneer in many different facets of life. She is missed dearly and will hold her Board position with PCA as long as the organization exists.