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Indicator Progress Commission Members

Bios for the current Indicator Progress Commission Members for the City of Albuquerque.

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Jimmy Carleton

A headshot of Jimmy Carleton in a red shirt.Jimmy is a computational scientist at Sandia National Laboratories. His focus is on modeling and simulation of multiphysics and multiscale phenomena. This work includes calibrating and validating models by finding and using relevant experimental data. He also does basic scientific research and has worked as a mechanical engineer. His experience is in mechanics, engineering, physics, mathematics, and computer science, but he also has an interest in quantifying how the community’s goals are being met using available data. He has lived in Albuquerque for seven years, has kids in Albuquerque Public Schools and daycare, and likes to hike with his family in the Sandias.

Natalie Carter

A headshot of Natalie Carter.Natalie has worked at Sandia National Laboratories since 2010 and has been a people leader since 2015. Prior to Sandia, Natalie worked in the communications, economic development, tech startup, and venture capital industries.

She is experienced in quality, safety, and risk management systems, performance assurance, and data analytics. She is passionate about developing effective operational and organizational systems, bringing her expertise in systems thinking to integrate and connect disparate elements.

She currently manages the Facilities and Infrastructure Systems and Analytics organization where she is responsible for digital transformation strategy and technology modernization.

Natalie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arizona with concentration in Global Business Management (Operations and Innovation) and a Master of Systems Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology with concentration in Large-scale Cyber-Physical Systems.

Natalie is a native New Mexican dedicated to contributing to the well-being of our precious community and unique culture.

Jessica D. R. DuVerneay

Headshot of Jessica DuVerneayJess likes to help people and organizations find answers to their questions while fostering a sense of empowerment. Leading world-class teams that turn strategy into logical, useful, human-centered structure and inspiring, innovative design is her favorite thing to do. Currently, Jess is Director, UX / UI at RS21 in Albuquerque, NM, and previously held positions at One North Interactive (Chicago), The Understanding Group (Michigan), and (Los Angeles). Her Masters of Library Science / HCI (MSI) is from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

She led the first ever World IA Day (WIAD) as executive director in 2012, and co-chaired the 2015 IA Summit, and was awarded a NM Women In Tech Award by NMTC in 2021. In her past professional lives, Jessica has been a teacher, artist, library manager, and a small business owner; this allows her to understand, connect with, and provide top-notch solutions for people and organizations with wide variety of needs and backgrounds.

She lives in Albuquerque and has for over 12 years. New Mexico is her favorite state. Jess is dedicated to supporting and empowering people and organizations here in any way(s) she can, and is honored to be part of the IPC.

Jennifer Frank Pontzer

A headshot of Jennifer Frank Pontzer.Jennifer Frank Pontzer is driven to contribute to a better world. As a sustainability professional, she has leveraged more than 20 years of business, analytic, communications and technical expertise to help organizations make positive changes and enable people, communities and the planet to thrive. She specializes in strategic management, communications and organizational excellence to strengthen sustainability and resiliency. For over a decade, she owned/co-owned sustainability consulting firms dedicated to helping organizations understand, measure, report and, most importantly, improve their economic, environmental and social impacts and practices. Jennifer has a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, with a concentration in Strategic Innovation and Change along with certifications as a Project Management Professional and a Climate Change Professional. With deep roots in Albuquerque, she cherishes time with family and friends and finds joy in writing poetry, running and biking outdoors, and honing her 9 ball game.

Anthony Garland

A headshot of Anthony Garland.Anthony is a Machine Learning Engineer and Data Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, based in Albuquerque, where he has lived for over five years. Originally from South Carolina, Anthony earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University. In his free time, Anthony enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and skiing, and he also takes pride in coaching his children's sports teams.

Elaine Hebard

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With a background in science, law and water planning, Elaine Hebard has worked in water-related activities along the US-Mexico border as well as here in the middle Rio Grande for more than twenty years.  She worked and volunteered with the public and with government officials to develop and implement water planning, has served on many water advisory committees and commissions, and has a strong record of promoting public participation in water matters.  Her desire is for our region to focus on how to ensure a resilient water supply so future generations can enjoy choices we have today.  Her hope is that the IPCC will include climate change, with overlays of environmental, economic and social justice, to the goals and indicators.

Dr. Shana M. Judge

Shana Judge, PhD, JD, MPP, MA, is the founder and Executive Director of Duddon Evidence to Policy Research, a law and social science consulting business that supports evidence-based policymaking with research and data analysis services. She has presented and published peer-reviewed research and data analyses primarily in the areas of criminal justice and health policy and has served as the principal investigator for a range of research and training grants. Dr. Judge, an Albuquerque native, previously worked as an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing, as an attorney for the Texas state legislature, and as a reporter and editor in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Patria de Lancer Julnes

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Dr. de Lancer Julnes is an internationally recognized scholar and consultant in performance measurement, government capacity building, and citizen-driven governance. She received her Ph.D. in public administration from Rutgers University.  Dr. de Lancer Julnes joined the University of New Mexico as the inaugural Rosenthal Endowed Professor of Public Administration and Director of the School of Public Administration. She recently served as Associate Dean and Professor at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, CUNY. She has held positions at the University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland; Utah State University, Logan, Utah; the University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, Illinois; and Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey.

David Medrano

David MedranoDavid Medrano moved to Albuquerque in 2006 where he attended the University of New Mexico and obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology and Masters in Health Administration. David learned the importance of community activism at UNM where he participated in student advocacy organizations. David was appointed by Governor Lujan Grisham to sit on the SERVE New Mexico Commission and he currently serves as an advisor to the UNM Leadership Development Fraternity and on Presbyterian Healthcare LGBTQ+ steering committee. David is proud to serve New Mexicans by administrating regionally excellent care through his work as Director of Practice Operations for Presbyterian Cardiology. In his free time, David enjoys exploring the prospering foodie and coffee scene with friends, time with his dog, and embracing all the great things Albuquerque has to offer.



Kyle Stepp

Kyle SteppKyle Stepp (he/him) is an internationally ranked elite para triathlete, consultant, and community activist. As one of the only openly gay para-athletes, Kyle has committed to using his life experiences and platform to advocate for disability and LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion in sports, the outdoors, and the workplace. As an independent consultant, Kyle supports organizations, companies, and political leaders on strategic partnerships, corporate social responsibility, inclusive marketing, advocacy for disability/LGBTQ+ rights, inclusivity/accessibility in the outdoors, and equitable healthcare. Kyle has worked and partnered with a diverse portfolio of companies and organizations such as Cotopaxi, On, lululemon, The North Face, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, The Outdoorist Oath, Ski TAOS, Outdoor F.U.T.U.R.E, Amputee Coalition and more.