About Us

“Grow from Within”

Philosophy

Our “Grow from Within” strategy focuses on creating industry-relevant skills programs, supporting entrepreneurs, helping existing firms expand and innovate and strengthening local assets that improve the economic prospects of local workers and industries. This is an approach that prioritizes the skills, infrastructure, capital and innovation needs of existing industries and emphasizes creating value and income in the economy through increased productivity and trade, especially from our advanced industries.

We seek to bring these resources into an innovation district to reduce transaction latency and increase the frequency of interaction among like-minded individuals.

At InnovateABQ a special emphasis is placed on creating access points which are culturally comfortable to Burquenos (someone from Albuquerque). The physical embodiment of these access points may be one of our unique doorways, but also include portal programs which may be located within in Albuquerque’s rich and diverse communities. The goal is to allow anyone seeking to improve their income or living standard to become part of our Innovation Community and access new ideas, skills, capital and mentorship within an infrastructure that increases their chances of success.

InnovateABQ does not seek to displace the many well-established programs innovation and entrepreneurship support programs that already exist in Albuquerque but rather to help align their services in an intentional way to reduce duplication, increase efficiency, improve the likelihood of outside investment in our community and provide access for all to Albuquerque’s Innovation Economy.

Our Team

John Freisinger

John Freisinger

Exec Director, InnovateABQ

John Freisinger, former head of the now-defunct Technology Ventures Corp., will take over Oct. 3 as the first executive director of Innovate ABQ, the high-tech research and development hub taking shape at Central and Broadway in Downtown Albuquerque.

Kelly Ward

Kelly Ward

Director of Development and Placemaking

Kelly S. Ward,Director of Development and Placemaking, InnovateABQ, Inc.

Carlos Perea

Carlos Perea

Site Investor

Carlos Perea

Michael Buehler

Michael Buehler

Executive Vice President

Executive Vice President of Finance and Lending, Nusenda Credit Union

Garnett Stokes, Ph. D.

Garnett Stokes, Ph. D.

President

University of New Mexico

Lonnie Talbert

Lonnie Talbert

Bernalillo County Commissioner

Bernalillo County Commissioner, District 4

Kathy Winograd

Kathy Winograd

President, CNM

Central New Mexico Community College

Patricia K. Collawn

Patricia K. Collawn

President & CEO

President and CEO, PNM Resources

Tim Keller

Tim Keller

Mayor

Mayor of the City of Albuquerque

Carrie Freeman

Carrie Freeman

Managing Partner

Second Muse

Richard Larson

Richard Larson

Executive Vice Chancellor

Executive Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellor for Research, UNM Health Sciences Center

Dr. Dan Lopez

Dr. Dan Lopez

Former President

New Mexico Tech

Teresa Costantinidis

Teresa Costantinidis

Senior Vice President

Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, University of New Mexico

Carlos Garcia

Carlos Garcia

Principal

Garcia Automotive Group

Charles Wellborn

Charles Wellborn

Former President, STC.UNM

Former President, STC.UNM

John Sanchez

John Sanchez

Former Lieutenant Governor

The Honorable John Sanchez, Former Lieutenant Governor, State of New Mexico.