Jill van Nortwick, President

Jill recently joined the Global Ties Board after being both a member and volunteer. Her exposure to new cultures started when her family moved to Iran when she was 9. Lucky enough to travel the world at an early age, her love of traveling and experiencing other cultures is steadfast. Jill currently works as principal consultant for curate impact, an intercultural consultancy service dedicated to helping boards and top management teams identify their values, establish patterns of behaviors for ethical decisions, and discover and advance their vision.

Greg Polk, Treasurer

As a new face to Global Ties ABQ, Greg Polk was recently elected as Treasurer to the Board and is citizen envoy member. His past experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer, international development advisor, and educator has given him the opportunity to not only travel but serve abroad. Greg holds a master’s degree in City Planning from MIT and lived in Albuquerque from the mid 80s to the mid 90s when he then went overseas to work. He and his wife Rebecca recently returned to New Mexico after 20+ years overseas. Greg has extensive experience as a specialist in structuring public-private development projects in 15 countries. Greg now lives in Corrales and looks forwards to bringing in his past experience in economics & planning to enhance the future of Global Ties.

Josh Edwards, Member-at-Large

Joshua is the Director of Finance for RiskSense, a homegrown cybersecurity tech company based in Albuquerque. He has his Masters Degree from UNM, and is a licensed CPA with years of experience in public accounting at KPMG, and heading up the finance function for emerging tech companies like Lavu and RiskSense. Joshua has a passion for Albuquerque and seeing it succeed and grow into a truly international city.

Laura Hille, Member-at-Large

Laura Hille is the International Admission Director at the Menaul School, which has a long history of welcoming students from around the world. She is passionate about international education and preparing students, our future leaders, to be global citizens. She is excited to be a part of Global Ties ABQ and its work in welcoming visitors, further expanding Albuquerque’s global opportunities, and building exchange programs. Previously, during her 7.5 years at the Institute of International Education (IIE), she managed outreach, recruitment, and section activities for a variety of global scholarship programs and institutions, including Schwarzman Scholars, Boren Awards, and New York University Abu Dhabi. Prior to IIE, Laura worked at the American Society of Hematology on international programs and at the U.S. Department of State on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has a MA in International Affairs from the George Washington University. Laura and her husband, Tyler, moved to Albuquerque after eight years in Washington, D.C. and New York City. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, hiking, writing, and visiting New Mexico’s wealth of archeological sites.

Kory Hoggan, Member-at-Large

Kory Hoggan is a certified public accountant and senior manager with Moss Adams LLP.  He has over 20 years of accounting experience and serves clients throughout New Mexico and the United States. He received a Masters of Accountancy from Brigham Young University. Kory has lived and worked in South America and the South Pacific and enjoys traveling and further developing his understanding of different histories and cultures.

Sommer Smith, Member-at-Large

Sommer is a communication artist, creative director and writer committed to problem solving and contributing to possibilities for social change. She is the co-founder and creative director of MediaDesk NM, a communications agency that provides high quality, professional and values-based communications services to nonprofits and community organizations. As creative director at MediaDesk she is currently working with nonprofit organizations across New Mexico to further their missions through effective, imaginative and coordinated communications and marketing efforts. Her expertise includes message branding, strategic planning, creative direction, project management, copywriting and media relations. Sommer has a Bachelors of Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she studied anthropology, Latin American studies and writing. She was awarded the Spencer Barnett Memorial Prize for Excellence in Latin American studies for an ethnographic project regarding the links between individual experience and sociopolitical and architectural processes at work in the city of Salvador da Bahia. As a young person (at age 16 and again at 20) she studied abroad in Brazil, first as a Rotary International Exchange Student and later as a Gilman Scholar. She believes it is essential that we explore new ways of approaching our cities, re-envisioning them as places where we realize our potential as creative, resourceful and compassionate beings.