Board of Directors

Serge Martinez, President
Associate Dean of Experiential Learning and Professor of Law

Serge Martinez teaches primarily in the UNM School of Law’s Economic Justice Clinic, which focuses on support for grassroots economic development initiatives, enforcing the rights of low-wage workers, and improving housing stability and conditions for low-income tenants. His research and advocacy interests include housing and workers’ rights.

Previously, Professor Martinez was a Clinical Professor of Law and the founding director of the Community and Economic Development Clinic at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Professor Martinez also founded the first law school clinic in Taiwan as a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor of Law at National Taiwan University College of Law in Taipei.

His background includes work as a senior staff attorney at the Urban Justice Center's Community Development Project, where he represented tenants and tenant associations and provided transactional legal assistance to non-profits and worker-owned cooperatives.

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Sarah Soliz is an editor with over fifteen years of experience in scholarly publishing. She directs SAR Press at the School for Advanced Research, where she publishes books in anthropology and related fields. Sarah established her own editorial business after earning a master’s degree in cultural and linguistic anthropology at the University of New Mexico and is now a business student at UNM’s Anderson School of Management. She builds relationships with diverse authors in the fields of Southwestern and Latin American anthropology, archaeology, history, and Indigenous studies; commissions and cultivates innovative work; improves digital access; and promotes the press through newsletters, the blog, social media channels, and book talks and other events. Sarah also works as the SAR staff editor to support public-facing communications throughout the organization.

Sarah Soliz, Vice President
School for Advanced Research


Darren is an innovative bridge builder between government, philanthropy, and the nonprofit community as well as an accomplished manager of people and resources.

Darren Sandow, Treasurer
Director of Operations
Saranam, LLC

Deanna is a pioneer in the community schools movement. In her current role as Special Projects Coordinator for ABC Community School Partnership, Deanna researches issues that affect educational outcomes and develops systemic partnerships that will impact those outcomes. One of these issues is the link between student mobility, stable housing and academic achievement.  Amparo is the result of recognizing that students with high rates of residential instability perform worse on standardized tests, have lower school achievement and delayed literacy skills, are more likely to be truant and are more likely to drop out.

Deanna Creighton Cook, Secretary
ABC Community School Partnership