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Cavu shoot-croppedDocumentary film shoot

NMVC Executive Director James Jimenez (right) talks about how New Mexico could do a better job of fully funding its public education system for a documentary being made by independent film company CAVU. The film explores how revenue from the state’s oil and gas industry impacts K-12 funding. The interview with James was shot in September 2017.

2017 KIDS COUNT Conference2017 KIDS COUNT Conference

NM Voices’ board members Antonio Granillo (far left) and Cindy Nava (far right) flank the four winners of the Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award (left to right): Avery Aguilar, Natalie Chambers, Isabella Baker, and Janelle Astorga. The awards ceremony–which included the Spirit of Hope Awards–was held during the 5th Annual KIDS COUNT Conference. Check out this Flickr album for more photos from this event.

2016 Kids Count conference2016 KIDS COUNT Conference

New Mexico poet Jimmy Santiago Baca gives the keynote address at the June 2016 event. Our 4th annual conference also included AECF President and CEO Dr. Patrick McCarthy, WKKF Chief Policy Officer Dr. Barbara Ferrer, and a panel of local experts. The Amy Biehl Youth Spirit, Alice King Public Service, Legislative Advocacy, and Spirit of Hope Awards were also presented. Check out this Flickr album for more photos from this event.

Cesar Chavez March 20162016 Cesar Chavez March

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (left) chats with Bill Jordan (right), NMVC Senior Policy Advisor and Government Relations Officer, during the Cesar Chavez march. The annual celebration of the labor rights leader was held on March 26, 2016 through downtown Albuquerque.

2015 Spirit of Hope Gala 1082015 Spirit of Hope Celebration

State Senator Michael Padilla displays the tablet he won during a live auction at this November 2015 event. The Alice King Public Service, Patty Jennings & Polly Arango Citizen Advocacy, Legislative Advocacy, and Spirit of Hope Awards were also presented. Check out this Flickr album for more photos from this event.

Legislative hearing 9-21-15Legislative committee testimony

Amber Wallin (left), NMVC KIDS COUNT Director, and Bill Jordan (right), NMVC Senior Policy Advisor and Government Relations Officer, testify on the state of child well-being in New Mexico at a hearing of the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee on September 21, 2015. NMVC policy and research staff members often testify at legislative committee hearings to give state policymakers information relevant to a issue on which they are working.

Medicaid 50th b-dayMedicaid’s 50th anniversary

NMVC Communications Director Sharon Kayne (left), NMVC Senior Policy Advisor and Government Relations Officer Bill Jordan (center), and NMVC KIDS COUNT Director Amber Wallin (right) enjoy a celebration of Medicaid at Explora in Albuquerque. The celebration, which was organized by a coalition of health care advocates, was called in July of 2015 to mark the half-century that the health care program for low-income children, seniors, and the disabled had been in existence.

2015 KIDS COUNT Conference2015 KIDS COUNT Conference

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, founder of the Moral Monday movement, speaks with a conference attendee after giving the luncheon presentation. Also at the June 29, 2015 event were AECF VP of External Affairs Lisa Hamilton, Aspen Institute Managing Director Marjorie Sims, and AVANCE CEO Richard Noriega. U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich unveiled his two-generation economic empowerment legislation. Check out this Flickr album for more photos from this event.

2015 Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards2015 Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards

Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award honoree Ulysses Yarbrough, standing with New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, holds his certificate, awarded for his work raising money for the Sky Velvet Vassar Music Foundation. Ulysses was one of twelve New Mexico youth to be honored for their community service or advocacy work. The awards were presented at our 2015 KIDS COUNT Conference. Check out this Flickr album for more photos from this event.

Amber & Jacque in DC 6-16-2015Pew conference

Amber Wallin (left), NMVC KIDS COUNT Director, and Jacque Garcia (right), Bernalillo County Place Matters Coordinator, take a break at a conference on how to conduct a health impact assessment held by the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C., in June, 2017.

Veronica Garcia presenting at MAFO conferenceNational MAFO conference presentation

NMVC Executive Director Veronica C. García gives her presentation, Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce… Hispanic Children at the MAFO national conference in April 2015. The presentation looks at how Hispanic children in New Mexico and the nation are faring, provides a brief overview of the state’s Hispanic Education Act, and offers some policy solutions from our NM KIDS are COUNTing on Us policy agenda for better preparing this future workforce. Link to the presentation here.

Scotty Goff performs at out Stand Up for Kids comedy benefit2015 Stand Up for Kids comedy benefit

Albuquerque comedian Scotty Goff closes out an entertaining evening of comedy benefiting NM Voices in April 2015.

Moral Monday event2015 Moral Monday

A local youth poet performs a heart-wrenching piece about life in the state’s foster care system while NMVC Director of Research and Policy Integration James Jimenez looks on. This Moral Monday rally, held in February at the state Capitol to coincide with the legislative session, focused on the state budget as a moral document. Check out this Flickr album for more photos from this event.

2014 Spirit of Hope Celebration2014 Spirit of Hope Celebration

NMVC Board of Directors member Diana Valdez (second from left) gathers with friends at this November 2014 event. The evening festivities included the presentation of the Alice King Public Service, Patty Jennings & Polly Arango Citizen Advocacy, and Spirit of Hope Awards. Find more photos from this event on Ray A. Mares’ online gallery here.

2014 KIDS COUNT Conference2014 KIDS COUNT Conference

Two attendees enjoy a quick break in the conference. This July conference featured talks by AECF Associate Director of Policy Reform Dennis Campa, economist Art Rolnick, and labor leader Dolores Huerta, as well as presentations of the Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards. Check out this Flickr album for more photos from this event.

Reception for the Dolores Huerta FoundationDolores Huerta Foundation reception

NMVC Executive Director Veronica C. García enjoys the reception with a fellow advocate. Held on the evening before our 2014 KIDS COUNT Conference, the reception was a benefit for the Delores Huerta Foundation. Ms. Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Workers union with Cesar Chavez, was the keynote speaker at our conference. Check out this Flickr album for more photos from this event.

2013 Spirit of Hope Celebration2013 Spirit of Hope Celebration

City Councilor Brad Winters and guest enjoy after-dinner coffee at the November 2013 event. The evening included poetry performances, a live and silent auctions, and the presentation of the Alice King Public Service, Patty Jennings & Polly Arango Citizen Advocacy, and Spirit of Hope Awards. Check out this Flickr album for more photos from this event.

2013 KIDS COUNT Conference2013 KIDS COUNT Conference

State Representative Rick Miera is interviewed by KOB TV reporter Stuart Dyson during a break in our inaugural KIDS COUNT Conference in July 2013. Rep. Miera spoke at the conference along with Senator John Sapien, APS Superintendent Winston Brooks, entrepreneur Alan Webber, and AECF Senior VP Ralph Smith. The Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards were also presented. Check out this Flickr album for more photos from this event.

Immigrant Rights Day rallyImmigrant Rights Day rally

NMVC Senior Policy Advisor Bill Jordan (left) helps carry the NM Voices’ banner in a march for immigrant rights in May 2013.

2012 Spirit of Hope Celebration2012 Spirit of Hope Celebration

Former NMVC Executive Directors (front row, left to right) Jerry Ortiz y Pino, Frances Varela, Ona Porter, and Eric Griego are honored for their contribution to NM Voices’ success during this 25th anniversary event in November, 2012. They are flanked by several Board members (back row) and current Executive Director Veronica C. García (far right). Several other awards were presented. Check out this Flickr album for more photos from this event.

Bill and Clifford, Big Red Dog 2012Clifford’s Santa Fe visit

Popular children’s book character Clifford the Big Red Dog poses with NMVC Policy Director Bill Jordan at the state Capitol. Clifford was in Santa Fe during the 2012 legislative session to impress upon lawmakers the importance of fully funding programs that help children learn to read.

2011 Spirit of Hope Celebration2011 Spirit of Hope Celebration

Guests of our 2011 Spirit of Hope Celebration enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere at the Rio Grande Zoo. The September 2011 event included presentation of the Amy Biehl Youth Spirit, Patty Jennings & Polly Arango Citizen Advocacy, and Alice King Public Service Awards. Check out this Flickr album for more photos from this event.

Presenting at a legislative committee meetingLegislative committee presentation

NMVC Policy Director Bill Jordan and Dr. Kelly O’Donnell present the findings of NM Voices’ report, “The Tax Revenue Benefits of Health Care Reform in New Mexico,” to the Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee in August 2011.

VAC ForumVoices for America’s Children forum

NMVC Executive Director Eric Griego is interviewed outside of the National Civil Rights Museum (the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated) in Memphis, TN, during the Voices for America’s Children annual forum in June 2011. Watch the video Building the Children’s Movement.

Invest in Kids RallyInvest in Kids Now! rally

NMVC KIDS COUNT Program Manager Chris Hollis (left) and NMVC Communications Director Sharon Kayne (right) brave the snow on a chilly January 2011 day to take part in the Invest in Kids Now! rally outside the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Watch a video of the rally.

Transforming Education convening panelistsTransforming Education: From Birth to Success convening

Jessie Rasmussen (Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Nebraska), Diana Ragbeer (The Children’s Trust, Florida), Duane Benson (Minnesota Early Learning Foundation), and Myra Segal (NMVC) at our December 2019 convening. The puzzle represents the many links between early care and education and the quality of life for all. Find more photos from this event on Ray A. Mares’ online gallery here.

Spirit of Hope 20102010 Spirit of Hope Celebration

Lovie McGee, a finalist for the Alice King Public Service Award, sits with her family before the start of the Spirit of Hope Celebration in September 2010 at the Albuquerque Museum. Lovie was nominated for an extraordinary body of public service work, including establishing the Martin Luther King State Commission. Find more photos from this event on Ray A. Mares’ online gallery here.

Bill Jordan in DCWashington, D.C. visit

NMVC Policy Director Bill Jordan poses for a pic in front of our nation’s Capitol in 2010. Bill visits D.C. on a regular basis to meet with New Mexico’s congressional delegation and their staff.

Fame and Shame Awards 20102010 Fame & Shame Awards

A group of youth appear on stage dressed as the cast from Alice in Wonderland for this May 2010 event at the KiMo Theatre. Part of our Youth Link program, this annual youth-designed event shames Hollywood for its portrayal of smoking in youth-rated movies and showers the winners of the Youth Advocate of the Year Awards with fame. Find more photos from this event on Ray A. Mares’ online gallery here.

Bill Jordan at Children's Cabinet DaysChildren’s Cabinet Days

NMVC Policy Director Bill Jordan poses at our table display during the Children’s Cabinet Days at the state Capitol at the start of the 2010 legislative session. Photo courtesy of Dan Ritchey, NM Association for the Education of Young Children.

2009 Spirit of Hope Celebration2009 Spirit of Hope Celebration

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King enjoys dinner conversation at this October 2009 event. This was the first year we gave an award in honor of Gary’s late mother, Alice King. Besides the Alice King Public Service Award, we also presented the Amy Biehl Youth Spirit and Patty Jennings Citizen Advocacy Awards. Find more photos from this event on Ray A. Mares’ online gallery here.

Bill Jordan and Fredrick IsasiNational health care reform

NMVC Policy Director Bill Jordan (left) thanks US Senator Jeff Bingaman staff member Frederick Isasi (right), for all their good work on health-care reform at the Senator’s Washington, DC, office in October 2009.

Bill Jordan and Ric ArmstrongVoices for American’s Children conference

NMVC Policy Director Bill Jordan (left) and NMVC Development Director Ric Armstrong (right) at the Voices for America’s Children conference in Kansas City, MO. The conference, held in July 2009, brought together leaders from Voices’ member organizations from across the country.

_DSC17262009 Fame & Shame Awards

Excited youths from across the state gather at the KiMo Theatre in Albuquerque for this annual event, held in 2009 on May 8. Hollywood receives “shamie” awards for the portrayal of smoking in youth-rated movies and the Youth Advocate of the Year Awards are presented to New Mexico youth. Find more photos from this event on Ray A. Mares’ online gallery here.

Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award 2008 photos2008 Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards

Michael Lopez (center), surrounded by proud friends and family, poses with his award, which recognizes his work protecting native turtles in Costa Rica, and agricultural sustainability with the American Association for the Care of Children in Mexico, among other work. The annual awards event was held December 2 at the KiMo Theatre. Find more photos from this event on Ray A. Mares’ online gallery here.

Childcare bill signingBill signing

Three early childhood advocates (left to right) Marg Elliston (far left), NMVC Policy Director Bill Jordan, and Ruth Hoffman (Lutheran Advocacy Ministry; far right) celebrate with Governor Bill Richardson at Precious Moments child care center on Albuquerque’s west side. The governor had just signed legislation passed during the August 2008 special session that restored child care eligibility to its previous levels, making it available to more low-income working families.

Obama and GreigoBarack Obama campaign

Presidential candidate and US Senator Barack Obama shakes hands with NMVC Executive Director Eric Griego at a June 2008 campaign event in Albuquerque.

Fame and Shame 20082008 Fame & Shame Awards

Marge Simpson (or a very good look-alike) makes an appearance at this annual youth-driven event, held June 6. Marge and her TV show The Simpsons was shamed for its portrayal of smoking. Meanwhile, New Mexico teens were presented with Youth Advocate of the Year Awards. Find more photos from this event on Ray A. Mares’ online gallery here.

Pride Parade 20082008 Pride Parade

Rep. Mimi Stewart rides on the Voices-mobile in the Albuquerque Pride parade in June 2008. NMVC Policy Director Bill Jordan is at the wheel. Rep. Stewart was an honored guest because she has sponsored domestic partnership legislation.

Roundhouse Comedy Revue2008 Roundhouse Comedy Revue

Youth performers from Albuquerque Public Schools and Working Classroom’s theater program lend their comic and vocal talents to the Roundhouse Comedy Revue (left to right): Esperanza Cervantes, Elora Daniels, Mikey Pruitt (in back), Mike Montoya (as the Fonz), James Camacho, Logan Mitchell, and Mia Daniels The show was held in January 2008 to coincide with the start of the legislative session. Photo courtesy of the Daniels family.

20th Anniversary Gala photos20th Anniversary Gala

NMVC Executive Director Eric Griego and state Senator Dede Feldman pose for a picture at the November 7, 2007 event. Sen. Feldman was among the 20 legislators who were honored at the event for their work on behalf of New Mexico’s children. Find more photos from this event on Ray A. Mares’ online gallery here.

20th Anniversary video shoot20th Anniversary Gala video shoot

NMVC Executive Director Eric Griego (center) gets the group fired up for a video shoot about our hopes for New Mexico’s children. The video, shot in October 2007, was made to commemorate NM Voices’ 20th Anniversary. Watch the video.

20th Anniversary video shoot20th Anniversary Gala video shoot

A group composed of NM Voices’ staff, honorees, kids, and community members pose after making a video in October 2007 to commemorate NM Voices’ 20th Anniversary. Watch the video.

Fame and Shame Awards 20072007 Fame & Shame Awards

Youths from across the state gather for this annual event to shame Hollywood for the portrayal of smoking in youth-rated films and to present the Youth Advocate of the Year Awards to their peers working to curb youth smoking. Find more photos from this event on Ray A. Mares’ online gallery here.

AmyBiehl Awards 20072007 Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards

A total of 44 teens and young adults were honored for their advocacy or community service at this annual event. The award is named for Amy Biehl, who lost her life during a race riot while conducting voter registration in South Africa for their first all-race election—the election that would end apartheid. Find more photos from this event on Ray A. Mares’ online gallery here.

Harry BelefonteHarry Belefonte appearance

Singer/Actor/Social Activist Harry Belefonte (left), Charlotte Roybal (Health Care for All Campaign, center) and Bill Jordan (NMVC Policy Director, right), pose for a picture after Mr. Belefonte spoke in Albuquerque about social and economic equality in April 2007.

Ruth Hoffman, Diane Denish and Bill JordanBill signing

Ruth Hoffman (Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, left), Lt. Governor Diane Denish (center) and Bill Jordan (NMVC Policy Director, right) share in a victory during a bill signing just after the 2007 legislative session.

S-CHIP Town Hall 2006Health Care Town Hall

Panel members from NMVC’s Health Care Town Hall (l. to r.): Bob Greenberg (NMVC founder), Bruce Lesley (First Focus President), Liz Meitner (Voices for America’s Children), Bill Jordan (NMVC Policy Director), Steve Lawrence (syndicated columnist), and Katie Falls (Deputy Secretary of NM HSD). The town hall was held in November 2006.

Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards 20062006 Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards

Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award finalists (left to right) Erica Padilla, Antonia Clifford, and Destiny Swisher are among the 39 New Mexico teens and youth who being honored for their advocacy or community service work. The annual awards ceremony was held April 28, 2006 in Albuquerque. Find more photos from this event on Ray A. Mares’ online gallery here.

Fame and Shame 2006 photos2006 Fame & Shame Awards

Youths from across the state—including Charlie’s Angels (shown here)–gather for this annual event to shame Hollywood for the portrayal of smoking in youth-rated films and to present the Youth Advocate of the Year Awards to their peers working to curb youth smoking. Find more photos from this event on Ray A. Mares’ online gallery here.

Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards 20052005 Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards

Co-founders of the Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award Mary Stelletello (far left) and Deanna Sauceda (far right) flank Amy’s mother, Linda Biehl at the annual event. Held June 24, the event featured Linda Biehl as the keynote speaker. Find more photos from this event on Ray A. Mares’ online gallery here.

Senator Domenici's office Washington meeting

Several representatives of the New Mexico Assembly on School-Based Health Care and 4 YOUTH meet with Senator Pete Domenici in his Washington, D.C., office in November 2004 (l. to r.): Briana John, Brooke Layman (NASBHC Policy Director), Dr. Susie John (Shiprock Teen Life Center Medical Officer), Sen. Domenici, Lyn Wilson-King (4 YOUTH), Sandy Saqonie (Shiprock Teen Life Center), and Bill Jordan (NMVC Policy Director). Photo courtesy of Sen. Domenici’s office.