The Team

Editor in Chief Marisa Demarco has been a journalist for more than a decade and a musician all her life. A native New Mexican, she is co-founder of the New Mexico Compass. Demarco has worked at the Weekly Alibi, the Albuquerque Tribune and the Daily Lobo. At night, you can find her making music and art in basements, DIY spaces, coffee shops, warehouses, living rooms and bars.

Managing Editor Margaret Wright is a writer, editor, occasional photographer and proud New Mexican. Before diving into journalism full time, she taught refugee youth and immigrant adults, supervised a federally funded nonprofit program, and provided therapeutic case management for at-risk families. She is co-founder of the New Mexico Compass and former managing editor of Albuquerque’s alternative newsweekly, the Alibi.

Deputy Director Joe Cardillo joined the New Mexico Compass after six years of operations, product, and marketing experience in both legacy and startup environments. He’s passionate about data, design, open access, rocanroll, anything science-y and thinking about how to become a better human. You can find Joe on Twitter , Medium and his personal blog.


Carolyn Carlson is the former owner/publisher of the Estancia Valley Citizen. She later covered government, police, crime and features for the Albuquerque Journal. In 2008, Carlson left the Journal to pursue freelance options, including covering Albuquerque’s city government.

Scott Greene has exhibited his work in galleries, art centers, and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad since 1984 and was a recipient of the Roswell Artist In Residency Grant. His work has been featured in Harpers magazine, New American Paintings, McSweeney’s, as well as numerous other literary periodicals and magazines. Scott lives and works in Bernalillo, N.M. Find his work at

Jerry Ortiz y Pino is serving as state senator for District 12 in the New Mexico Legislature—essentially Downtown Albuquerque, the historic neighborhoods that surround it, the UNM campus area and a portion of the South Valley. A retired social worker, he spent his entire 42-year professional career in New Mexico, working in private and public agencies in seven different cities in the state.

Andrew Beale is a freelance journalist and University of New Mexico graduate. He lives in Ramallah, Palestine.

Maren Tarro began writing about food and other curiosities five years ago. Living between Baltimore and D.C., she can be found seeking the best brunch, attending protests, scouring the woods for mushrooms, strapped to her backpack on the Appalachian trail, or at her desk turning her discoveries into news. On Twitter @MTarro.

Eric J. Garcia is a versatile artist working in an assortment of media. From hand-printed posters, to sculptural installations, to political cartoons, his works all have a common goal of educating and challenging. Having completed his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Garcia has shown in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Robin Brown was born and raised in Albuquerque, and has been writing most of her life. She writes both fiction and non-fiction. She graduated UNM with a bachelor’s in English and Spanish. She also paints and draws, dances with dogs, hikes and travels whenever she can.

Elise Kaplan graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in multimedia journalism and a minor in sociology in December 2012. She is excited to join the world of journalism online, in print, in photo essays and more.

Alex Escué Limkin is forming an action and advocacy team, DVR-6, specializing in the recovery and aid of homicidal or suicidal veterans in the backcountry. He blogs about his experience as an Iraq veteran at

Erin Rose: Freelance journalist and occasional designer. Ex-science & tech blogger, skilled at hand-lettered typography and choosing unreliable transportation.

Marya Errin Jones creates hybrid performances using lo-fi puppetry, electronics, paper, fabric, photo copiers and computers. She is a zinester and the producer of the annual ABQ Zine Fest.

James A. Montalbano is an Albuquerque lawyer and former newspaperman. Follow him on his film blog, ABQ AV Club, which originated at the old Albuquerque Tribune.

Elizabeth W. Hughes is a travel writer and technical editor. She has had a lifelong love affair with New Mexico and is proud to call Albuquerque home with her rescue dogs Dixie Belle and Boo Radley. When she’s not traveling, writing, and editing, Hughes can be found on her mat teaching and studying yoga.

Anna Peterpaul is a freelance writer and blogger. She has two wonderful children, speaks four languages and is a film noir fan. Peterpaul blogs at

Jim Phillips is a musician and songwriter whose work has been featured on television, including MTV, the Food Network and the Travel Channel, and in independent films. He is also co-founder—along with his wife Elisa—of a small, upstart urban farm in Old Town, the Josephine St. Yacht Club.