Ben Lewinger - Past Chair
Ben Lewinger returned to his native New Mexico in 2010 with the earnest goal of doing his part to improve his home state. Currently, he works for Strategies 360, a PR and government affairs firm representing several environmental, conservation, and nonprofit clients across the state. Previously, Ben was state executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and served as the director of communications and collaborative partnerships for New Mexico Community Foundation, a statewide programmatic and grantmaking foundation working to improve conditions in tribal and rural communities in New Mexico. Ben earned a BA from Tufts University and an MA from the University of Hawaii. In addition to the animal children that live with Ben and his wife, they recently added a human child and agree that she is the best. Ben is the YNPN New Mexico board chair through June 2016.
Claire E. Canfield
Claire Canfield is a native New Mexican with roots in Laguna Pueblo and in Albuquerque. Claire has been with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center since 2009, where she currently serves as the Guest Experience Manager, heading up public programs and managing the Guest Experience staff. Before taking on this role, she was the Development Specialist overseeing four annual fundraising events as well as the chair of IPCC’s Membership Program. Claire studied at the University of New Mexico receiving her B.F.A. in Art History in 2009, focusing on pre and post-contact art of the Americas. A proud supporter of the arts and the Albuquerque community, she stays engaged by running in local charity runs, as well as supporting and attending local community events. Claire also performs with and serves on the board of the Southwest Arts Group (SWAG).
Born and raised in New Mexico, Ian Esquibel has a vested interest in the health and well-being of local communities. He serves as the Learning Alliance New Mexico executive director and brings experience from his involvement in early childhood education, a local charter school and as a graduate assistant at the University of New Mexico, UNM. Ian worked as a development associate for the Albuquerque Community Foundation and as a program associate for the Center for Philanthropic Partnerships. He earned his MBA from UNM, concentrating in nonprofit management. He is happiest spending time with Katie, his wife, and Aurora, their daughter.
Gabriela works in Philanthropic Services – Donors/Grants at the Albuquerque Community Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit that administers a permanent community endowment. Endowment funds are pooled, invested, and over time earnings are used to makes grants addressing community needs. Gabriela is a New Mexico native and a graduate of the University of New Mexico with her BA in both Biological Anthropology and Spanish. She has worked in both the private and nonprofit sector. She is proud to call Albuquerque home and enjoys spending her free time cooking, exercising, and visiting with her family and friends.
Selena Hardy - Board Chair
Selena is the wearer of many nonprofit hats; she brings almost ten years of outreach and educational experience across a broad range of nonprofit sectors from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers to the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. An Aggie through and through, Selena has a BS in Elementary Education and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University. Selena currently volunteers with the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Bike Valet, New Mexico Share, YNPN, and the MS Society. When she’s not at a committee meeting or planning session, Selena can be found at work with Mission: Graduate, an initiative of United Way of Central New Mexico.
Matt was born and raised in Albuquerque. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a BA in economics, Matt returned to Albuquerque to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA through HELP-New Mexico. This experience gave him his passion for the nonprofit sector. Since 2011, Matt has been the Development and Special Project Director for The Loan Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides affordable credit and consulting services to financially underserved entrepreneurs. In 2014, Matt obtained an MBA in finance from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management.
Michelle Martinez, CPA, CGMA
Michelle is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. She is the Director of Finance for UNM Hospitals, the state’s only Level 1 trauma center. Prior to this, she worked for over eight years in public accounting specializing in nonprofit, commercial, construction, employee benefit plan and governmental audits. Prior to her public accounting career, she obtained experience in governmental auditing while working for the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General, in Virginia. Michelle graduated from the University of New Mexico, Anderson School of Business where she obtained her Bachelors in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting.
She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Michelle graduated from the inaugural NM Society of CPAs Leadership Academy in 2013 and is the current Treasurer of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of NM.
Robert Nelson is a nonprofit consultant and has worked in nonprofit for the last six years. Previously, he worked for Heading Home, helping house Albuquerque’s most vulnerable homeless people and Rio Grande Food Project, serving hungry New Mexicans. He is a long time volunteer in our community, having served on the boards of New Mexico Solar Energy Association and New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness. He has been involved with Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) for the last 6 years. He also serves on YNPN’s National Board, serving on their Network Engagement and National Voice Committees. In his spare time, Robert is an avid reader and enjoys cooking and playing guitar.
Jessica is the Marketing Officer at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Jessica has served in the nonprofit sector in New Mexico for over ten years, leading development efforts, increasing advocacy efforts through engagement of key stakeholders in the community and program management. She is a Native of Southern New Mexico, moved to Albuquerque in 2003 for her BA in English at University of New Mexico. A longtime resident of Nob Hill Neighborhood, she is passionate about creating positive impact in her community. Missions close to her heart are education, addressing homelessness and animal welfare.