general session speakers

Opening Session Luncheon

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman

NameJeff grew up in the southwestern New Mexico community of Silver City. He attended Harvard University, earnning a Bachelor of Arts degree in government, and then entered Stanford Law School. Upon earning his law degree, he spent one year as an assistant attorney general and eight years in private law practice in Santa Fe. Jeff was elected Attorney General of New Mexico in 1978 and served four years in that position. In 1982 he was elected to the United States Senate. He was re-elected to a fifth term in the Senate in 2006. At the end of that term he chose not to seek re-election and completed his service in the Senate on January 3, 2013. At the time of his retirement from the Senate he was Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He also served on the Finance Committee, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Joint Economic Committee. In April of 2013 he began a year as a Distinguished Fellow with the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford Law School. In the fall of 2015 he taught a seminar on national policy and the Congress in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico.

David Bradley
National Community Action Foundation

NameFor more than 30 years, David has been one of Washington’s leading advocates on behalf of low-income programs. In 1981, David helped found the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF). As a private non-profit organization funded solely by non-governmental contributions, NCAF represents funding and policy interests of the nation’s 1000 community action agencies before Congress and the Executive Branch. In this role at NCAF, David was the primary architect of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). Besides the CSBG, David’s legislative activities include Weatherization Assistance, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Head Start, and job training programs. In an age in which partisan gridlock is too often the norm, David has shown an uncanny ability to make poverty issues a concern to both parties. After facing elimination in the 1995 House Republican’s Contract with America, David was able to work with key House Republican leaders to ensure CSBG funding procured the largest percentage received of any domestic program in FY 1997. In his role at NCAF, David has also helped power CAPLAW, a legal resource center for the Community Action Agencies (CAA) network and CAPPAC, a Political Action Committee. In addition, David Bradley has helped foster a unique partnership between the private sector and the CAA network. His work with Exxon-Mobil provided first hand job training to thousands of workers. His development of a graduate program in Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University has allowed numerous students the opportunity to earn a graduate degree affordably. Prior to joining NCAF, David worked in Congressional Affairs at the Small Business Administration under President Jimmy Carter. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from George Washington University. In 1987, he was a Senior Executive Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University. He and his wife Nancy reside in Fredericksburg, Virginia. David’s passion for politics and poverty is matched by his interest in reading and baseball. David is part owner of a number of minor league baseball teams including the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies; the Bowie Baysox and the Frederick Keys, both in the Orioles System; and the Biloxi Shuckers who are the Brewers Double-A franchise. David’s mentor, Sargent Shriver, perhaps described David’s advocacy best when he wrote “no one has done more to keep the War on Poverty fresh in the hearts and minds of individuals than David Bradley.”

Dr. Deborah Bergeron
Federal Office of Head Start

NameDeborah serves as the Director of the Office of Head Start. Known as “Dr. B” to former students and teachers, she has spent three decades in pre-K–12 public education as a classroom teacher and elementary and high school administrator. During her tenure as a school administrator, she specialized in school improvement. Her focus was on academic achievement and school climate. In the course of her career, Dr. B also started, grew, and ultimately sold her own educational services company. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University. She earned a master’s in education leadership and doctorate in education policy from George Mason University.

J. Janelle George, MSW
Federal Office of Community Services

NameJanelle serves as the Acting Director for the Office of Community Services (OCS) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She also serves as Director of Management Services within OCS. As Acting Director, Janelle focuses on strengthening the administrative and management support provided to the OCS’s four divisions and six programs, totaling approximately $1.58 billion in grant funds, all seeking to reduce the causes of poverty, increase opportunity and economic security of individuals and families, and revitalize communities. As Director of Management Services, Janelle provides oversight in the areas of budget, human resources and procurement. She joined ACF in 2005 through the Department’s Emerging Leaders Program. In her thirteen years within OCS, Janelle’s portfolio has included the Social Services Block Grant, Community Services Block Grant, and the Assets for Independence programs. Prior to joining HHS, Janelle worked as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University, School of Social Service, and Washington University - St. Louis, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, as well as in foster care and adoption at the local non-profit level. She is a Social Worker with experience in foster care, adoption, criminal justice, and domestic and international community development and was a Licensed Behavior Foster Parent for the State of Missouri for four years. Janelle received her Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago, Harris Graduate School of Public Policy, and her Master of Social Work from Saint Louis University, School of Social Service. Her undergraduate degrees in social work and sociology are from North Carolina State University.


Networking Reception

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Reconnect with colleagues, meet new faces, and keep the day’s conversations going at the Networking Reception. Held at the Civic Plaza outside the Albuquerque Convention Center, this reception will bring together attendees, speakers, and exhibitors to talk about pressing issues and share ideas to advance the Community Action mission. Kick off the first day of the CAPLAW 2018 conference with appetizers, drinks, a networking activity, and live music from Los Amigos!

Los Amgios


Engaging the Community to Solve Problems and Create Opportunity

Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m
Frank Mirabal, PhD
Office of the Mayor, City of Albuquerque

NameFrank was re-appointed by Mayor Tim Keller to serve as Director of Community Engagement in late 2017. In this role, Frank engages a variety of stakeholders in community governance, which creates an “open source” platform for decision-making through a variety of participatory approaches. A veteran of City Hall, Frank was first appointed by Mayor Richard J. Berry in 2014 to serve as Director of Collective Impact. During the previous administration, Frank led city-wide efforts focused on civic tech, entrepreneurship, education, workforce development, and civic participation—all through the lens of equity and inclusion. Prior to his work in government, Frank served as the President of Contigo Research, Policy & Strategy, a national consulting firm that provided research, public policy and strategy services to governments, nonprofits, philanthropy and social enterprises. During his tenure at Contigo, Frank helped raise awareness and visibility of community schools, health care career pathways and integrated education/workforce collaboratives in New Mexico and across the country. Frank earned a Ph.D at New Mexico State University in Educational Leadership and has both a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a BA in Communications and Journalism from the University of New Mexico. Frank is a 2017 Pahara/Aspen Institute Education Fellow and was a 2016 Presidio Institute Cross-Sector Leadership Fellow. He has also been a featured contributor to Education Weekly, Hechinger Report, Governing Magazine, and the Living Cities Blog.


Charting a Course Forward in Changing Times

Friday, June 22, 2018 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Frank Lopez, Esq.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

NameFrank is the Director of New Mexico Programs for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In that role, he provides leadership and oversight of the foundation’s investments in the state, ensuring all children, families and communities – regardless of race or income– have opportunities to reach their full potential. Prior to joining the Kellogg Foundation, Frank served as the executive director for Ngage New Mexico, a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the well-being of all people in Southern New Mexico. Frank has over 20 years experience working with nonprofit and community organizations. His experience in capacity building includes: nonprofit sustainability, strategic planning, leadership, board development, community partnerships and social enterprise. His experience as an attorney and CPA includes working for some of the largest firms in the country. He has delivered hundreds of workshops and has taught at several universities, including the University of California at Berkeley, Golden Gate University, UTEP Texas Tech University School of Law and New Mexico State University (teaching high impact nonprofit organizations). Frank has a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and California.