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.

  • Van Overton Pic
    Van Overton
    TEDxYouth@ABQ Co-Curator
  • Erica Bearman
    Erica Bearman
    Audience Engagement Lead
  • Dr. Art Kaufman
    Dr. Art Kaufman
    Board Member
  • Beth Hemmerich
    Beth Hemmerich
    Adventures Coordinator
  • Auri Vigil
    Auri Vigil
    Marketing Team
  • Zoe Lawrence
    Zoe Lawrence
    Production Team
    Genevieve Mitchell
  • Ernest Jenkins
    Ernest Jenkins
    Board Member & Youth Speaker Coach
  • Brian Hatchitt Pic
    Brian Hatchitt
    Event Coordination Ninja
  • Angie Alley
    Angie Alley
    Speaker Coach
  • Alyssa Metoyer
    Alyssa Metoyer
    Marketing Team
  • Lioba Weir Pic
    Lioba Weir
    Marketing & Social Media
  • Merv Jersak
    Merv Jersak
    Speaker Coach
  • Javier Manriquez
    Javier Manriquez
    Event Coordination
  • Jason Griffin Pic
    Jason Griffin
    Web Designer
  • Donyelle Lucero
    Donyelle Lucero
    Social Media
  • Monet Silva
    Monet Silva
    Board Member & Volunteer Coordinator
  • Clifton Chadwick
    Clifton Chadwick
    Production Team
  • Sarah McPhee
    Sarah McPhee
    Marketing Team
  • Krystle Rodriguez- Barth
    Krystle Rodriguez- Barth
    Production Team
  • Alex Andrego Adams
    Alex Andrego Adams
    Speaker Coordinator
  • Gregory Lay Pic
    Gregory Lay
    Speaker Coach
  • Amanda Bergamo
    Amanda Bergamo
    Board President
  • Anat Sichel
    Anat Sichel
    Event Coordination
  • Sara Barr Pic
    Sara Barr
    Talent Manager
  • Tamara Thorpe
    Tamara Thorpe
  • Phillip Torres
    Phillip Torres
  • Chris Clavio
    Chris Clavio
  • Melissa Mota
    Melissa Mota
    Graphic Design And Social Media
  • Stacy Sacco
    Stacy Sacco
    Board Member
  • Raul Garay
    Raul Garay
    Website Intern
  • Megan Leahy
    Megan Leahy
    Marketing Team
  • Tim Nisly
    Tim Nisly
    Founder | Board Member
  • Joanie Griffin
    Joanie Griffin
    Marketing Team
  • Ellen Gallegos
    Ellen Gallegos
  • Jazmin Estrada
    Jazmin Estrada
    Board Member & TEDxYouth@ABQ Curator
  • Marina Daldalian
    Marina Daldalian
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Spring Griffin
    Spring Griffin
    Marketing Team
  • Bill Meador
    Bill Meador
    Spreader of the TED
  • Gutierrez
    Jose Gutierrez
    Production Team
  • Lily Quezada
    Lily Quezada
    Media Relations Guru
  • Marie Vigil Pic
    Marie Vigil
    Wearer of Many Hats
  • Beth Haley Pic
    Beth Haley
    Director of Programming & Operations
  • Gwen Bounds
    Gwen Bounds
    F&B Lead
  • TK O'Geary Pic
    TK O'Geary
    Speaker Coach
  • Kimm Oostman
    Kimm Oostman
    TED Operations & Core Team Member
  • Mahdi Zerara
    Mahdi Zerara
    AV Assistant
  • Marie Cruz
    Maria Cruz
    Speaker Coach

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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