MediaDesk is a leading agency in creative communications for the social sector.

For us, this means creating our best work and supporting clients and causes we believe in. Our team of creatives, marketing and advertising professionals, strategists, and digital specialists offer unique solutions to support your mission to create bigger, faster, and more meaningful change.

These are the people who make it happen.

Chase Barnes

Communications Strategist

Chase is a Communications Strategist with marketing, public relations, and communications experience spanning Berlin, NYC, and Orlando. As a former Disney performer, he applies his stagecraft to create compelling campaigns. Chase’s passion for community and giving back drives his work, making him a dynamic and results-oriented strategist. With his expertise, your campaigns become captivating performances that leave a lasting impression.

Huitzil Bennett Perez


Huitzil is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Communication with a focus in Media Studies and Flamenco at the University of New Mexico. She brings her experience in social media and community outreach to the team to serve our clients.

Mariah Carrillo

Web and Communications Strategist

Mariah is a Communications and Web Strategist at MediaDesk. With a Master’s in Art History, a background in visual arts, and marketing experience in the nonprofit sector, Mariah’s creative vision and strategic followthrough are instrumental in helping organizations achieve their communications goals.

Katerine Contreras

Front-end Developer and Graphic Designer

Kat is a Venezuelan designer whose life has taken her to different cities across North and South America. She has experience in illustration, animation, photography, film, printmaking, and web. At MediaDesk, Kat puts her diverse skills and multicultural perspectives to work creating unique websites and visuals.

Olivia Faust

Business Operations Specialist

Olivia found herself in a strategy session with the team several years ago and decided that the MediaDeskers were her kind of people. As a Business Operations Specialist, she supports the Agency’s daily operations. She firmly believes that on-the-ground efforts can save the world, or, at the very least, improve the lives of those around us.

Fernando Gaverd

Lead Designer

Fernando Gaverd is MediaDesk’s Lead Designer. He has over a decade of experience, ranging from logo design, to textiles, to web and app interface design. His clients, alongside MediaDesk’s, have included Paramount Pictures, HBO, and MEDA (which played a part in NASA’s Perseverance Rover). His work has been featured in numerous publications including Design Envy by AIGA.

Jason Griffin

Director of Web Services

Jason Griffin is the Director of Web Services at MediaDesk. With over 25 years of experience in IT, he is passionate about technology and creating intuitive, attractive, genuinely useful sites that ensure our clients succeed at powering positive change. He's a headphone audiophile, coffee geek, opera lover, cinephile, Formula 1 fan, and scotch enthusiast.

Alina Denisse Hernández Navarro

Project Manager

While her motherland is Mexico, and she takes great pride in her heritage, the richness of New Mexico’s landscape, culture, and people has deeply resonated in Alina’s heart and soul. Alina has over 7 years of experience in marketing. As a project manager, she understands how effective leadership can bring out the best in people and lead to success.

Pilar Monfiletto

Communications Assistant

After a Fulbright experience in Bulgaria, Pilar returned to her hometown of Albuquerque to serve her community. Pilar assists our clients in crafting uplifting stories and communications that serve their missions, drawing on her passion and background in writing and journalism.

Sommer Smith

Creative Director

Sommer leads our award-winning team from concept to creation. With over a decade of experience in creative leadership, Sommer has a proven success record from design to delivery. As co-founder of MediaDesk, she’s been with us since the beginning.

Cyrus Stuvland

Communications Associate

Cyrus has a decade of experience writing, editing, and teaching rhetoric to college students. As a Communications Associate at MediaDesk, they use their rhetorical prowess to find the best storytelling strategy for any particular audience or situation.

Henry Valdez

Earned Media Specialist

Henry is a writer, storyteller, and communications professional. At MediaDesk, he provides earned media and strategic communications support for causes we believe in. With a background in visual, digital, and written storytelling, Henry brings the heart of a story to life.

José Viramontes


José is the CEO of MediaDesk. For over 20 years, José has led strategic communications and marketing efforts in both rural and urban settings throughout the U.S. His diverse leadership experiences in the social, public, and private sectors come together at MediaDesk to support a high-trust team that empowers, collaborates, and innovates for our clients.

Cierra Wagner

Communications Associate

Born and raised in Albuquerque, Cierra is a trained graphic designer and communications associate with a passion for community. She grew up with her hands in the dirt, working at her family farm which taught her resourcefulness, dedication, and the importance of good design. Today, Cierra is known for her creativity, attention to detail, and ability to connect with the people around her.

* Adria Malcolm took these dope photos in collaboration with our creative team
* Adria Malcolm took these dope photos in collaboration with our creative team

Our Approach

Together, we can make it different.
Here’s how:

Our work helps clients shift attitudes, move people to action, and bring about positive change.

For over a decade, we have tailored our services to the needs of nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies, specializing in branding, advertising, marketing, and web. Our team of skilled professionals share a dedication to creating the best work and making a positive difference in communities.

We believe that consistent, strategic, and creative communications are at the center of any organization’s success, and have built our agency around providing nonprofits and organizations of all sizes the highest quality services. Through partnership with the funding community we are able to offer a sliding scale to smaller nonprofits to help advance bigger, faster and more meaningful change.


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Employment Opportunities

Finance Manager

Would your finance skills (invoicing, reconciling, slinging numbers) be at home working for an agency?

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Project Manager

Are you someone who’s skilled at balancing timelines and budgets, and finds satisfaction helping a team reach milestones?

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