Mayor Javier Gonzales is known for his progressive vision and inclusive style. A lifelong resident of the City Different, his family has deep roots in our city. He served on the Santa Fe County Commission for two terms. It was a great honor when he was elected as the first Hispanic President of the National Association of Counties. Javier currently serves as the Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability for Rosemont Realty, where he oversees the greening of office buildings to make them more energy efficient. He has been active in promoting better education for our youth and currently serves on the Board of Regents for New Mexico State University and has previously served on the Board for Highlands University. His leadership, drive, and vision has led to a successful two-terms as the Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. He is actively pursuing making Santa Fe the leader in the green economy, diversifying our economy, promoting our youth, making Santa Fe safer for its citizens and to continue to grow this amazing City. Watch Presentation >
Mayor Pro Tem and City Councilor Signe I. Lindell was born and raised on a dairy farm in Great Valley, New York but has been in Santa Fe since 1984. While she was not born in Santa Fe she says she got here as soon as she could! Although this is Councilor Lindell’s first term on the City Council she is not new to City Hall. She has volunteered with the City for over 10 years by serving on the previously known Ethics and Rules Committee, and also on the Planning Commission for the past 7.5 years. Watch Presentation >
Marshall Martinez, New Mexico Public Affairs Director, Planned Parenthood Votes New Mexico: PPVNM is the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood in NM, advocates for creating and protecting state policies that protects reproductive health care access, fights for effective sex education and prevention policies, protects a woman’s right to determine when and whether she becomes pregnant — and challenges government interference in personal decisions that should be left to women and their families. Watch Presentation >
Sarah Ghiorse, Program Director and Fatima Van Hattum, Program Manager of New Mexico Women.org: New Mexico Women.org is a statewide women’s fund and initiative of New Mexico Community Foundation who support economic self-sufficiency, education, the elimination of gender-based violence, access to reproductive health services, and leadership development. New Mexico Women.org builds philanthropic resources, provides insight through research and leads on issues affecting women and girls. The fund also facilitates collaborative efforts to address these issues and works across sectors to advance positive policy changes that will enhance the lives of women and girls. Watch Presentation >
City Councilwoman Renee Villarreal has spent her career in public service and community advocacy. She believes in the importance of women in elected office. Renee supports equitable community development, local food access, social justice and equality, localism and economic and environmental justice. She is currently Director of Programs & Community Outreach for New Mexico Community Foundation. Watch Presentation >
Cecile Lipworth: A chance encounter, in 2001 with Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day brought Cecile into the just-burgeoning world of art and activism. Cecile went from assisting the Managing Director at a star-studded performance of the play in 2001 at Madison Square Garden to becoming the Managing Director of V-Day in 2009. Cecile’s efforts in creating the V-Day Community Campaign – a model that brought V-Day benefits of “The Vagina Monologues” to hundreds of communities worldwide raising funds and awareness for local groups working to end violence against women and girls – were integral to expand V-Day’s artistic resources to both educate millions in over 140 countries, inspire action and raise over $100 million dollars. Watch Presentation >
Attorney Emma O’Sullivan of Santa Fe Dreamers Project: Santa Fe Dreamers Project takes its name from our country’s Dreamers: the undocumented immigrant youth who, through tireless campaigning and bottomless courage, are shaping immigration policy in the US. From our attorneys, to our volunteers, to the organizations we partner with, to our clients themselves, we believe in the potential of immigrants to make our community a better place both culturally and economically and are committed to helping them access the tools to do so. Watch Presentation >
Co-FemmeCee of the Women’s March on Washington Santa Fe and poet, Jessica Helen Lopez, was the former City of Albuquerque Poet Laureate and the Poet-In-Residence for the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History from 2014 – 2016. She has also been a featured writer for 30 Poets in their 30’s by MUZZLE and named one of the “10 Up and Coming Lantinx Poets You Need to Know” by international digital publisher and agency, Remezcla. Lopez is a nationally recognized award-winning slam poet, and holds the title of 2012 and 2014 Women of the World City of ABQ Champion. She is a member of the Macondo Foundation. Founded by Sandra Cisneros, it is an association of socially engaged writers united to advance creativity, foster generosity, and honor community. A Puschcart Prize nominee, she is the founder of La Palabra – The Word is a Woman collective created for and by women and gender-identified women. Lopez is a Ted Talk speaker alumni and her talk is titled, Spoken Word Poetry that Tells HERstory. Watch Presentation >
Janet Gotkin of Santa Fe National Organization for Women: NOW chapters focus on six priority issues including reproductive rights, ending sex discrimination/constitutional equality, promoting diversity and ending racism, economic justice, stopping violence against women, and lesbian rights including marriage equality. Our chapter welcomes new members to help fight for women’s rights on the local and national level. Watch Presentation >
Pamelya P. Herndon is the Executive Director of Southwest Women’s Law Center. She is a former Deputy Cabinet Secretary and General Counsel in New Mexico State government. Ms. Herndon has helped an array of women of all races and ethnic backgrounds achieve their full economic and personal potential. Ms. Herndon is deeply committed to the goals and mission of the Southwest Women’s Law Center of eliminating gender bias, discrimination and harassment; lifting women and their families out of poverty; and ensuring that all women have full control over their reproductive lives through access to comprehensive reproductive health services and information. Watch Presentation >
Dr. Corrine Sanchez, Executive Director of TEWA Women United: TWU is a collective intertribal women’s voice in the Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico. The name Tewa Women United comes from the Tewa words wi don gi mu which translates to “we are one.” Tewa Women United (TWU) was started in 1989 as a support group for women concerned with various issues including alcoholism, suicide, and domestic and sexual violence. In the safe space women created, we transformed and empowered one another through critical analysis and the embracing and re-affirming of our cultural identity. As a non-profit organization, Tewa Women United was incorporated for educational, social and benevolent purposes, specifically for the ending of all forms of violence against Native Women and girls, Mother Earth and to promote peace in New Mexico. Watch Presentation >
Paul Gibson of ‘Retake Our Democracy’ , a 501-C-4 non-partisan organization that advances progressive and democratic principles, priorities, and programs and facilitates broader and deeper involvement of individuals in civic and political processes. Watch Presentation >
Jacyee Lewis and Amparo Guerro of Solace Crisis Treatment Center are Education and Prevention Specialists with Solace whose mission is to provide all individuals who have experienced trauma with evidence-based treatment, advocacy services for navigating community resources, and education in order to restore strength and find inner resiliency. Watch Presentation >
The New Mexico Women’s Chorus is committed to providing opportunities for women to create music together by striving to enhance artistic expression, developing a performance-ready repertoire, performing culturally diverse and/or socially conscious music, honoring women-authored and feminist music and welcoming women of all experience levels and sexual orientations. Watch Performance >
Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance/Pride: Richard Brethour-Bell is President of Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance/ Pride and an advocate for marriage equality; speaking at the Roundhouse in support of domestic partnership recognition. In addition to being a small business owner, Richard is the Region 3 Director for InterPride, World Pride Madrid 2017 Co-chair, big brother with BBBS, and a full-time student at UNM. Richard believes that until there is equality for all, all equality is vulnerable. Watch Presentation >
Ashley Sanderson of Emerge New Mexico: Emerge New Mexico is changing the face of New Mexico politics by identifying, training and encouraging women to run for office, get elected and to seek higher office. A pool of highly qualified Democratic candidates is being left untapped. Too often, women do not see themselves running for office—they assume they aren’t experienced enough or they don’t know where to begin. Emerge New Mexico is changing that! Watch Presentation >
Marsie Silvestro of Esperanza, of Greater Santa Fe: Esperanza empowers people to live violence-free lives through protection, prevention, awareness and education. The philosophy of Esperanza is to empower all clients to consistently experience safety, respect, equality, self-determination and compassion. Their priority is to maintain a high level of integrity and respect in dealings with all clients, community members, organizations and each other. Esperanza inspires our community to engage in a collective and comprehensive commitment to eradicate violence. Watch Presentation >
GiGi Bella G (Gabriela Guajardo) is an award-winning performance poet, musical theater actress, student, teacher, and social justice advocate. She was recently named the 2017 Albuquerque Women’s Slam Poetry Champion. She is a two-time member of the Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team (2013, 2016) and was named a National Semi-Finalist and a Group Piece Champion at the National Poetry Slam in 2013 and 2016, respectively. She has been seen on stage as Frenchy in Grease at the Albuquerque Little Theatre, Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and many others. She is a senior student of American Studies at UNM and a teaching assistant to the choir program at Eldorado High School where she incorporates poetry and theater into the arts curriculum for over 100 students. She strives to ultimately create social change through the arts. Watch Presentation >
Sarita Sol Gonzalez is a Performance Poet and sixth grader from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Writing her first poem when she was in second grade, Sarita is one of the youngest writers in the Albuquerque poetry community. Her poetry reflects her love of her community and passion for her culture. She has been published in various anthologies including Kids With Causes: A Poetry Anthology of Youth Voices and Las Palabras: Mothers and Daughters (Swimming With Elephants Publications). Sarita also self-published a chapbook titled Solita: Ancestors, Familia, y Mi Corazon and in 2016 published her second chapbook Burquenita (Swimming With Elephants Publications). Sarita was a featured speaker at Albuquerque TEDxYouth 2015, speaking on the role poetry plays in her life and her community. In April of 2016, Sarita and Elena Medina,12, had the honor of being asked by the US Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, to perform with him at the ceremony for the ending/reinstating of his Laureateship at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Watch Presentation >
DJ’s Ana M and Bad Cat – Power of 8.
Ana M: For the past three years the native New Mexican has played numerous events in Albuquerque and Santa Fe with that one goal in mind. Fusing Tech House, Techno, and Booty Bass, Ana stays true to her roots as a party promoter when she’s behind the decks. Before deciding to go full throttle with DJ’ing, Ana threw events in Santa Fe with the Freqs party collective, as well as spending time in Los Angeles interning for DnB and Dubstep DJ Reid Speed’s imprint Play Me. Her exposure to diverse musical influences ranging from Deep, Tech, and Funky House to Techno, Drum N Bass, and Dubstep has helped Ana distill unique flavors into her DJ sets. Despite being relatively new as a DJ, she has accomplished quite a bit, sharing the bill with a list of headliners that includes Claude Vonstroke, JPhlip, Thee Cool Cats, Bijou, Louisaahh, Mike Balance, Michelle Sparks, Giom, and Jonn Hawley. She also promoted and played We Funk a monthly event at Burt’s Tiki Lounge with Dave 12. These days, she plays guest spots all over Albuquerque and Santa Fe and she promotes and plays shows with her collective, The Power of 8.
BadCat: Transplanted from Jacksonville, FL, BadCat has quickly found a home in New Mexico with her mutual love for House Music. The new Santa Fe resident has a local and online radio show and plays gigs in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Her love of house music transpired when she walked into a club in the late ’90’s and heard pure magic coming out of the speakers. She ran to the DJ booth and asked him what magical music was he playing, and he handed her a CD and said, “HOUSE”.
Lisa Lashley, has been bagpiping for 20 years. Polly Keeney, of Santa Fe, has been has been piping for 10 years. They are in a local bagpipe band with color guard members Yudi Wong and George Watson.