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The team

More than communications people. We are communications partners.


José Viramontes

CEO

José Viramontes is the CEO of MediaDesk. He came to MediaDesk following a career in the public sector where he led communications, policy and strategic planning for natural resource conservation efforts in the western US. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with degrees in Communications and Political Science. José is passionate about community service and has extensive leadership experience in the local nonprofit sector.

Sommer Smith

Co-founder, Creative Director

Sommer Smith is the co-founder and creative director at MediaDesk NM. She is deeply drawn to crafting and mobilizing stories that have the possibility to contribute to social change. As a writer, musician and poet she is dedicated to not just telling stories, but to capturing them, spreading them, and allowing them to transform us inside and out.

Emily Hill

Communications Associate

Emily is a marketer, journalist and  digital storyteller. As a Communications Associate at MediaDesk, she specializes in clever copywriting and creative marketing strategy. Recently, she spent a year as a travel journalist in New Zealand and a hiking guide across the Four Corners region in the southwestern United States. Emily is also a biking activist, conservationist, and outdoor educator.



Michael Lopez

Director of Multimedia Productions

Michael Lorenzo Lopez enjoys the discovery process art affords- From stringing a 300′ garland of community folded paper flowers through a stranger’s second story window, to running a 1000′ landline from a stranger’s house, to a telephone offering a free messaging service. Michael enjoys discovering the endless forms of storytelling. This spring he will be working with Masa Vestuto and the King George family at Muckleshoot, interviewing descendants of the Puget Sound Wars and elders of the Fishing Wars of the 1960’s.

Olivia Faust

Communications Associate

Olivia is a communications associate who is currently cutting her teeth as an amateur typographer in her spare time. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in Communications and English Studies from UNM, which is where she developed her passion for clear communications strategies and the art of storytelling. She is always reading and has a penchant for satire and great books — and absolutely l o v e s when the two are found together. When not hard at work, you can find her at a cozy coffee shop with a book in one hand and a white chocolate latte in the other.

Fernando Gaverd

Graphic Designer

Fernando Gaverd is a Mexican graphic designer born in La Paz, a beach town in the peninsula of La Baja. He has been involved in projects with Television Academy, Paramount, OPI and REBBL among other collaborations with artists.

The team

More than communications people.
We are communications partners.

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José Viramontes

CEO

José Viramontes is the CEO of MediaDesk. He came to MediaDesk following a career in the public sector where he led communications, policy and strategic planning for natural resource conservation efforts in the western US. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with degrees in Communications and Political Science. José is passionate about community service and has extensive leadership experience in the local nonprofit sector.

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Sommer Smith

Co-founder, Creative Director

Sommer Smith is the co-founder and creative director at MediaDesk NM. She is deeply drawn to crafting and mobilizing stories that have the possibility to contribute to social change. As a writer, musician and poet she is dedicated to not just telling stories, but to capturing them, spreading them, and allowing them to transform us inside and out.

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Emily Hill

Communications Associate

Emily is a marketer, journalist and digital storyteller. As a Communications Associate at MediaDesk, she specializes in clever copywriting and creative marketing strategy. Recently, she spent a year as a travel journalist in New Zealand and a hiking guide across the Four Corners region in the southwestern United States. Emily is also a biking activist, conservationist, and outdoor educator. Her extensive background in communications work and desire to make a positive impact in New Mexico makes her the perfect match for us and for our clients.


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Michael Lopez

Director of Multimedia Productions

Michael Lorenzo Lopez enjoys the discovery process art affords- From stringing a 300′ garland of community folded paper flowers through a stranger’s second story window, to running a 1000′ landline from a stranger’s house, to a telephone offering a free messaging service. Michael enjoys discovering the endless forms of storytelling. This spring he will be working with Masa Vestuto and the King George family at Muckleshoot, interviewing descendants of the Puget Sound Wars and elders of the Fishing Wars of the 1960’s.

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Olivia Faust

Communications Associate

Olivia is a communications associate who is currently cutting her teeth as an amateur typographer in her spare time. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in Communications and English Studies from UNM, which is where she developed her passion for clear communications strategies and the art of storytelling. She is always reading and has a penchant for satire and great books — and absolutely l o v e s when the two are found together. When not hard at work, you can find her at a cozy coffee shop with a book in one hand and a white chocolate latte in the other.

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Fernando Gaverd

Graphic Designer

Fernando Gaverd is a Mexican graphic designer born in La Paz, a beach town in the peninsula of La Baja. He has been involved in projects with Television Academy, Paramount, OPI and REBBL among other collaborations with artists.

The team

More than communications people.
We are communications partners.

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José Viramontes

CEO

José Viramontes is the CEO of MediaDesk. He came to MediaDesk following a career in the public sector where he led communications, policy and strategic planning for natural resource conservation efforts in the western US. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with degrees in Communications and Political Science. José is passionate about community service and has extensive leadership experience in the local nonprofit sector.

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Sommer Smith

Co-founder, Creative Director

Sommer Smith is the co-founder and creative director at MediaDesk NM. She is deeply drawn to crafting and mobilizing stories that have the possibility to contribute to social change. As a writer, musician and poet she is dedicated to not just telling stories, but to capturing them, spreading them, and allowing them to transform us inside and out.

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Emily Hill

Communications Associate

Emily is a marketer, journalist and digital storyteller. As a Communications Associate at MediaDesk, she specializes in clever copywriting and creative marketing strategy. Recently, she spent a year as a travel journalist in New Zealand and a hiking guide across the Four Corners region in the southwestern United States. Emily is also a biking activist, conservationist, and outdoor educator. Her extensive background in communications work and desire to make a positive impact in New Mexico makes her the perfect match for us and for our clients.


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Michael Lopez

Director of Multimedia Productions

Michael Lorenzo Lopez enjoys the discovery process art affords- From stringing a 300′ garland of community folded paper flowers through a stranger’s second story window, to running a 1000′ landline from a stranger’s house, to a telephone offering a free messaging service. Michael enjoys discovering the endless forms of storytelling. This spring he will be working with Masa Vestuto and the King George family at Muckleshoot, interviewing descendants of the Puget Sound Wars and elders of the Fishing Wars of the 1960’s.

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Olivia Faust

Communications Associate

Olivia is a communications associate who is currently cutting her teeth as an amateur typographer in her spare time. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in Communications and English Studies from UNM, which is where she developed her passion for clear communications strategies and the art of storytelling. She is always reading and has a penchant for satire and great books — and absolutely l o v e s when the two are found together. When not hard at work, you can find her at a cozy coffee shop with a book in one hand and a white chocolate latte in the other.

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Fernando Gaverd

Graphic Designer

Fernando Gaverd is a Mexican graphic designer born in La Paz, a beach town in the peninsula of La Baja. He has been involved in projects with Television Academy, Paramount, OPI and REBBL among other collaborations with artists.

Our Story


 

Story and Strategy

By helping organizations tell their stories, we aim to speed up the pace of change. We built our model around providing the highest quality service at the most affordable price, with a sliding scale to open the door to small organizations with limited budgets.
 

Bigger, Faster, More Meaningful Change

MediaDesk was founded in 2013 to support New Mexico’s nonprofits. Our founders knew that the organizations that are strongest, fastest and make the most difference are highly connected with their communities. That connectedness doesn’t happen on its own; an essential part of building -- and sustaining -- connections is telling stories, and telling them well.
 

We New Mexico

Since 2013 our clients have ranged from small, community-based nonprofits to large national foundations. While our work takes us all over, we remain headquartered in the downtown of our home city, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Our Values

MediaDesk prioritizes sustainability, shared resources and community development. We share values for a healthy workplace, equitable and sustainable business and thriving community. As a community-focused organization, every year we reinvest any profit in our community, our skills and services and in growing our team.

About Our Founders:

Henry Rael of the McCune Charitable Foundation served as a key mentor and driver for the vision of MediaDesk, informing the structure and focus from his background in corporate communications and the philanthropic sector. Sommer Smith co-founded the agency and continues to serve as our creative director. The company is now spearheaded by chief operating officer José Viramontes.

Our Story


 

Story and Strategy

By helping organizations tell their stories, we aim to speed up the pace of change. We built our model around providing the highest quality service at the most affordable price, with a sliding scale to open the door to small organizations with limited budgets.
 

Bigger, Faster, More Meaningful Change

MediaDesk was founded in 2013 to support New Mexico’s nonprofits. Our founders knew that the organizations that are strongest, fastest and make the most difference are highly connected with their communities. That connectedness doesn’t happen on its own; an essential part of building -- and sustaining -- connections is telling stories, and telling them well.

We New Mexico

Since 2013 our clients have ranged from small, community-based nonprofits to large national foundations. While our work takes us all over, we remain headquartered in the downtown of our home city, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Our Values

MediaDesk prioritizes sustainability, shared resources and community development. We share values for a healthy workplace, equitable and sustainable business and thriving community. As a community-focused organization, every year we reinvest any profit in our community, our skills and services and in growing our team.

About Our Founders:

Henry Rael of the McCune Charitable Foundation served as a key mentor and driver for the vision of MediaDesk, informing the structure and focus from his background in corporate communications and the philanthropic sector. Sommer Smith co-founded the agency and continues to serve as our creative director. The company is now spearheaded by chief operating officer José Viramontes.