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Our Staff

Edward Tabet-Cubero, Executive Director

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Edward Tabet-Cubero’s family has a deep and rich history in New Mexico, and he is intimately familiar with our diverse communities. He brings over 20 years of experience in the education and nonprofit sectors, including having served as the executive director of the NM Center on Law and Poverty and associate director of Dual Language Education of New Mexico. Edward has promoted educational equity for diverse learners, as a classroom teacher in the colonias of southern NM, award winning school administrator, dual language education consultant, non-profit administrator, and university instructor at four different institutions.

His work also includes a variety of publications and keynote addresses on topics ranging from instructional leadership to teacher evaluation, all with a racial equity lens. Based on his efforts as a school administrator, he was asked to design and teach a graduate course titled “Engaging Communities for Effective Schools”.  Also active in legislative advocacy, Edward collaborated with colleagues from the NM Coalition for the Majority to co-author the NM ELL Teacher Preparation Act and support the passage of the NM Seal of Bilingualism and Biliteracy.

In 2014, he was selected as a WKKF Community Leadership Network Fellow where he continues to apply his skills in collaboration with a leadership cohort across a variety of sectors to improve outcomes for families in New Mexico. An example of such collaboration includes the establishment of the Native American Budget and Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico.

Active in the community, Edward serves on various education and non-profit boards all focused on improving outcomes for New Mexico’s children.

M.A.Ed. in Bilingual Curriculum & Instruction, New Mexico State University, 2003        B.A. in Foreign Languages and Latin American Studies, New Mexico State University, 1997

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Emma Jones, Lead OrganizerEmma_HeadShot

Emma was born and raised in the South Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prior to joining Learning Alliance, she worked with the Southwest Organizing Project for more than 10 years. Emma co-directed SWOP, created the Youth Employment Summer Institute and guided the youth organizing work. She is a small business owner, writer, artist, and mother whose passion has led her to author the “Cholas of the Round House” blog, and she speaks publicly at venues like TEDxABQ Education to talk about the impact of systemic racism on parent and student engagement.

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 Janelle Astorga-Ramos, Youth OrganizerJanelle headshot

Janelle Astorga-Ramos is a student at the University of New Mexico. She’s studying Political Science and Chicanx Studies, with a focus in education. Janelle has been community organizing since she was 14 years old.

She says, “Being a youth organizer for Learning Alliance is extremely exciting because it gives me a chance to help develop and train students to become leaders in their community, just the way I was once empowered to be.”



Bella Baker, Youth OrganizerBella headshot

Bella has been organizing since she was 9 years old. Her stepmom organized and brought Bella with her to events, meetings and lobbying at the Capital. Bella’s focused passion for organizing is around educational reform and justice because she herself had issues with the public school systems treating her as less than what she was or deserved because of who she was and where she came from. Prior to joining Learning Alliance, Bella worked with: Southwest Organizing Project, Juntos NM, OLE, VIA, and Strong Families NM.

Bella says, “I have a passion for organizing and social justice as well as being involved in my community and fighting for it. I’m excited to be working for Learning Alliance where I can continue to focus on social justice through educational reform. I want to build with new people, learn from others just as much as I teach others and become a strong youth through my leadership. Estoy deseando este nuevo viaje!”

Our Founding Members and Board

The Learning Alliance of New Mexico is currently applying for 501(c)(3) status. The Partnership for Community Action is the fiscal sponsor.

Please note: Organizations are included solely for the purpose of identification. 

Board Members:
  • Charles Ashley III, Cultivating Coders
  • Kara Bobroff, Native American Community Academy & NACA-Inspired School Network
  • Marsha Garcia, Consultant
  • Everette Hill, Social Innovations Strategies Group LLC
  • Michelle Otero, Artist, Writer, Entrepreneur, Coach, Healer
Past Board Members:
  • Angelo Gonzales Ph.D, Mission: Graduate
  • Landon Mascareñaz Ed.L.D, A + Colorado
  • Tony Monfiletto, New Mexico Center for School Leadership
  • Adrian Pedroza, Partnership for Community Action
  • Katarina Sandoval, Native American Community Academy
  • Chris Sturgis, MetisNet