David Alire Garcia
David Alire Garcia has been a Mexico City-based correspondent with Reuters News since 2012 where he covers a range of business, trade and general news stories. In Mexico, David has covered global companies like Maersk and Nestle, a sweeping energy reform, key commodities markets, as well as natural disasters including earthquakes and hurricanes. Prior to joining Reuters, David worked for a range of mostly New Mexico-based news outlets, including the Albuquerque Journal, the online New Mexico Independent, the state’s major PBS broadcaster KNME and its main Univision affiliate KLUZ.
C.J. McElhinney, Chair
C. J. McElhinney is an attorney and partner with Johnson & McElhinney, P.C., and has been an attorney since 2003. He practices in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury and general civil litigation. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico in 2003 and graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor of arts degree in government in 2000. Prior to completing his education, McElhinney served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantryman.
Jessica Onsurez is news director of the Carlsbad Current-Argus, Alamogordo Daily News, Ruidoso News, Las Cruces Sun News and the Farmington Daily-Times. Prior to her journalism career, Jessica was a Peace Corps volunteer and worked as an executive assistant for former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici in Washington. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications at Eastern New Mexico University in 2007 and her master’s degree in communication with an emphasis in interactive journalism at American University in Washington, D.C. in 2011.