Who We Are

TEDxABQ introduces new ideas and perspectives to elevate community engagement, connection, and enthusiasm for our future. TEDxABQ programs create a culture of involved and curious citizens in New Mexico who are passionate about learning and dedicated to taking action to improve our community.

Core Values


We provide a venue for respectful conversations and exchange of ideas among all people.


We seek out opportunities to collaborate and support our valued partners, sponsors, audience, speakers and volunteers.


We constantly work to improve our community impact and stakeholder experience.


We look for ways to minimize the ecological footprint of our events.


We incorporate a positive and open-minded spirit into everything we do.


We dedicate ourselves to sharing reliable and accurate information from the TEDxABQ stage.

Servant Leadership

We celebrate, support, and provide opportunities for the dedicated volunteers who sustain this organization.


We seek to showcase and honor original thinking in every discipline.

Celebrate New Mexico

New Mexico is our home and we love it. We support and celebrate the people, businesses and culture of our State.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxABQ, where x = independently organized TED event.

At our TEDxABQ event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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We build community through the power of ideas

Our Team

Since its inception in 2010, TEDxABQ has always been a volunteer-driven organization. Our volunteers do everything from speaker selection, event coordination and volunteer management to marketing, fundraising, and graphic design.

So the next time you see one of our wonderful volunteers, give them a hug. They deserve it.

  • Mahdi Zerara
    Mahdi Zerara
    AV Assistant
  • Lily Quezada
    Lily Quezada
    Media Relations Guru
  • Sarah McPhee
    Sarah McPhee
    Marketing Team
  • Beth Hemmerich
    Beth Hemmerich
    Adventures Coordinator
  • Joanie Griffin
    Joanie Griffin
    Marketing Team
  • Dr. Art Kaufman
    Dr. Art Kaufman
    Board Member
  • Bill Meador
    Bill Meador
    Spreader of the TED
  • Spring Griffin
    Spring Griffin
    Marketing Team
  • Tim Nisly
    Tim Nisly
    Founder | Board Member
  • Jazmin Estrada
    Jazmin Estrada
    Board Member & TEDxYouth@ABQ Curator
  • Marina Daldalian
    Marina Daldalian
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Alyssa Metoyer
    Alyssa Metoyer
    Marketing Team
  • Phillip Torres
    Phillip Torres
  • Zoe Lawrence
    Zoe Lawrence
    Production Team
  • Beth Haley Pic
    Beth Haley
    Director of Programming & Operations
  • Gutierrez
    Jose Gutierrez
    Production Team
  • Gabe Mounce
    TEDxABQED Speaker Coordinator
  • Angie Alley
    Angie Alley
    Speaker Coach
  • Sara Barr
    TEDxABQED Curator
  • Jason Griffin Pic
    Jason Griffin
    Board Secretary & Web Guru
  • TK O'Geary Pic
    TK O'Geary
    Speaker Coach
  • Van Overton Pic
    Van Overton
    TEDxYouth@ABQ Co-Curator
  • Raul Garay
    Raul Garay
    Website Intern
  • Gregory Lay Pic
    Gregory Lay
    Speaker Coach
  • Ellen Gallegos
    Ellen Gallegos
  • Jane Betterton
    TEDxABQED Speaker Coordination Team
  • Monet Silva
    Monet Silva
    Board Member & Volunteer Coordinator
  • Alex Andrego Adams
    Alex Andrego Adams
    Speaker Coordinator
  • Merv Jersak
    Merv Jersak
    Speaker Coach
  • Megan Leahy
    Megan Leahy
    Marketing Team
  • Kimm Oostman
    Kimm Oostman
    TED Operations & Core Team Member
  • Amanda Powers Headshot
    Amanda Powers
    Partnerships Lead
  • Krystle Rodriguez- Barth
    Krystle Rodriguez- Barth
    Production Team
  • Erica Bearman
    Erica Bearman
    Audience Engagement Lead
  • Amanda Bergamo
    Amanda Bergamo
    Board President
  • Lioba Weir Pic
    Lioba Weir
    Marketing & Social Media
    Genevieve Mitchell

Are you interested in joining our team?

We love meeting new people! No matter your skill set, there is a volunteer role with your name on it at TEDxABQ.

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