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SFAI Works is a social entrepreneurship incubator that supports New Mexico entrepreneurs engaged in promoting social change through creativity. SFAI Works brings together entrepreneurs who have an idea for developing a project, system, or network that responds to a pressing social issue through creative work. SFAI Works is a hotbed for putting ideas into action and creating measurable social impact. At the core of SFAI Works is the belief that mentorship in a supportive environment can directly contribute to the critical growth of individuals and their local creative economies.

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SANTA FE DREAMERS PROJECT provides free legal representation to immigrant youth and their family members, known as Dreamers, who are eligible to receive benefits through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA provides qualified immigrants with a reprieve from deportation, work authorization in the United States, and valid social security numbers. Those benefits provide Dreamers with the tools to finish high school, pursue higher education, develop careers, participate in the local economy, and, of course, to dream.

ALLEGRA LOVE is the attorney and director of the project. She began her career at Santa Fe Public Schools in 2005 as a bilingual elementary school teacher and followed her passion for working with immigrants to law school. After graduating from the University of New Mexico School of Law, she came to work for the Adelante program of Santa Fe Public Schools, where she founded this project. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She has a BA from Dartmouth College, a JD from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and is a licensed teacher in the state of New Mexico.

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CURATORS WITHOUT BORDERS (CWB) mission is to design and implement dynamic and participatory educational exhibitions, outreach, and advocacy campaigns for underserved communities worldwide, in partnership with international development organizations, nonprofits, museums and cultural institutions.

HEIDI MCKINNON is Executive Director of Curators Without Borders, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that designs exhibitions, outreach campaigns, and educational programming for underserved communities in conjunction with museum partners, government agencies, humanitarian organizations, and NGOs both within the US and internationally. Ms. McKinnon’s work focuses on historical memory, human rights, and indigenous communities in the Americas. She brings over a decade of experience developing collaborative museum exhibitions both independently and as a member of the curatorial teams at both the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.  

TALL FOODS is dedicated to being a global model and leader in environmentally friendly, sustainable farming by producing organic, pasture ostriches for your dining pleasure. Tall Foods seeks to become a zero emissions, waste-free ranch, disrupting the traditional livestock-farming world, by providing a community and environmentally methodology for divestment in cattle or poultry farming to a healthy- and environmentally-friendly ostrich production operation. By emulating the Tall Foods model, developing nations and rural economies can pivot into and scale operations in ostrich ranching.

ANDREA ROMERO, Founder & CEO, Tall Foods — Andrea is ranchera, Founder & CEO of Tall Foods (TallFoods.com) and a private consultant working in the public, private and philanthropic sectors. She is the Executive Director with the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities and the Executive Director of MIX Santa Fe. Prior to Tall Foods, she worked with Fast Company founder-turned-politician Alan Webber on his campaign for Governor as the Finance Director.  Her start in startups began in SportXast and G³, as Community Manager and the Director of Product Development, respectively. She is a 17th generation New Mexican who graduated from Stanford University in Political Science. Leading up to consulting, she was in DC working as a communications specialist for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI.org). Before that, she led an independent research and development project in sustainable farming and water harvesting in Mozambique through Project Rx (projectrx.org).

DR. ADAM WACHTOR, Founder & COO, Tall Foods — Dr. Wachtor joined Tall Foods immediately after the Startup Weekend win, traveling from farm to farm throughout the U.S. researching optimal ranching techniques. With a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, he is bringing Tall Foods into the world of the best practices in farming throughout the world. With an excitement for ‘building better mousetraps’ Adam brings the team an extensive scientific dynamic. As a research scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, he is dedicated to ensuring Tall Foods is constantly progressing in the world of new and innovative techniques to optimize ranching and harvesting processes. Adam received his PhD from UC Irvine, his Masters in Applied Mechanics from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, and his B.S. in Physics at University of Illinois.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For more information on SFAI Works, please contact Program Manager Sylvia Johnson at (505) 424-5050 or sjohnson@sfai.org