The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has elected four new members to its Board of Directors. They are: Billie Blair of Santa Fe, Heather Ferguson of Albuquerque, Jessica Onsurez of Carlsbad and Kristelle Siarza of Albuquerque.
Billie Blair is a consultant in media and marketing, previously serving as Associate Publisher and Editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican, Publisher of The Taos News, and President of the Santa Fe Community Foundation. She also serves on the board of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, which invests in improving education in Northern New Mexico, and the corporate board of El Crepusculo, Inc.
Heather Ferguson is the executive director of the Common Cause New Mexico. She has a track record executing statewide initiatives focused on campaign finance, ethics, voting and elections. Ferguson has also performed legal research for developing effective statutory mechanisms for legislation, including the newly formed Ethics Commission.
Jessica Onsurez is the news director of the Carlsbad Current Argus, Alamogordo Daily News and the Ruidoso News. Her background includes work as the assistant to the chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and as a community economic development volunteer for the U.S. Peace Corps. She is a volunteer for several organizations in southeast New Mexico.
Kristelle Siarza is the founder and CEO of Siarza Social Digital, an Albuquerque-based communication company. She worked at several local communication, advertising and public relations firms before starting Siarza Social Digital in 2014. She is a former adjunct professor in the UNM Communication and Journalism Department and is involved in several local organizations.
The four were elected to three-year terms which will begin on Jan. 1, 2020.