About Us

The Downtown Action Team advocates for Downtown growth and development, and lobbies for incentives for small and local business owners to thrive, grow and succeed. Our mission is to optimize the value of Downtown Albuquerque as the economic, creative, and entertainment heart of the community. We strive to make ourselves open, engaging, and accessible. We:

  • Serve as the management committee for the Business Improvement District (BID) to provide enhanced services to the businesses and properties within the BID
  • Provide Clean & Hospitality services to the Business Improvement District
  • Attract quality growth and investment in Downtown that benefits greater Albuquerque
  • Understand the market and pro-actively collaborate with key players in the community to develop and implement strategies to reach our desired outcomes
  • Develop an environment for vibrant Downtown neighborhoods, and enhance the image of Downtown
  • Manage the Downtown Growers’ Market, which takes place for 25 weeks of the year and attracts over 40,000 people annually
  • Are your link to Downtown business owners, property managers, realtors, and financial advisors.

Read some of our letters of support!

Since 2000 and the inception of the Business Improvement District, the Downtown Action Team has been mobilizing to engage, improve, and enhance the Downtown Albuquerque core. We’ve completed these special projects and have an ongoing list of many current initiatives we are working towards.

Francis Tinnin Pocket Park: In 2010, the Downtown Action Team and students from the Gordon Bernell Charter School partnered on a community development project at the corner of Gold Avenue and 2nd Street. After months of planning, gathering materials and reaching out to community businesses, the students constructed the park over a two day period, which now features xeriscape plants in a raised bed, trees, a shed, and a bench. A $10,000 grant from the Albuquerque Community Foundation was obtained to bring Phase 1 of the project to life. A water catchment systmn and art installations have been featured since it’s inception.

Downtown Façade Improvement Grants: Thanks in part to a grant provided by the federal government for Façade Improvements, sixteen local Downtown businesses have been awarded over $160,000 in grant funding to help supplement the cost of improving their storefront curb appeal. The recipients of the grant are La Mexicana, US New Mexico Federal Credit Union, One Up Elevated Lounge, Sister Bar, Anodyne, ABQ Pawn Shop, Cafe Lush, Cafe Green, Cecelia’s, Waco’s Tacos, Valiant Building, Salsa Baby, The Box Theatre, Dublin’s Street Pub and Jazzbah.

Central Avenue Railroad Underpass: The Central Bridge Underpass near the Alvarado Transit Center project provided a facelift for the entrance to the Albuquerque Downtown area in late 2009. The bridge facade was repaired and the whole bridge, from pedestrian walkways to piers, was painted. In addition to the paint, the Center for Southwest Research provided some historically significant photos of the developing Metro area including actual construction photos of the bridge. Multiple color LED lights replaced the high pressure sodium lighting and provide a more pedestrian-friendly ambiance and revitalized the area.

Our Team

Lola Bird – Associate Director
lbird@downtownabq.com
Lola has been working as an urban landscape designer for more than fifteen years. Her past professional experience includes corporate identity and way-finding. She has experience in a diversity of project types. Lola earned a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of New Mexico. She is a registered Landscape Architect in the State of New Mexico. She is also a trained and certified mediator with the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia. Ms. Bird currently sits on the Mesa del Sol Employment Center and Residential Development Design Review Committees, and is responsible for reviewing all commercial, industrial and residential development for the project. She also sits on the Consumer Advisory Board for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority.

Zoya LoPata – Program Manager
zlopata@downtownabq.com
Zoya graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, with a degree in Psychology, and attained her 2nd degree in Interior Design from the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago. After living in Paris, she worked at an architecture firm in Chicago, where she also gained a passion for urban issues. Subsequently, she published and spoke at international conferences in Istanbul, Turkey and Leipzig, Germany. Zoya is in charge of many of our ongoing projects involving the revitalization of our downtown.

Sarah Rebello – Bookkeeper/Office Manager
srebello@downtownabq.com
Sarah Rebello has over 19 years experience in business management and finance. With a focus in medical finance, she has spent the last few years as a Private Business Consultant and Bookkeeper. This has allowed her to use her free time to volunteer at several non-profit organizations specifically working with at-risk youth, art and music programs.

Adrian P. Garcia, MPA – Operations Manager
agarcia@downtownabq.com
Adrian has been with the Downtown Action Team since September, 2006 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Masters of Public Administration degree, both from the University of New Mexico. He was the the 2009 Goodwill Industries of New Mexico Edger Award winner in the category of Goodwill Partnering Employer of the year. The awards are named after Edgar Helms, founder of Goodwill Industries in 1906 in Boston, and recognize outstanding New Mexicans in the field of human services. Adrian was also named the SMS Holdings Corporations 2010 Horizons award winner. SMS holdings recognizes each year those individuals who exemplify the company’s core values, provide extraordinary customer service and demonstrate a positive attitude. SMS Holdings Corporations is the parent company to Block By Block, Downtown Action Team’s Vendor for Clean and Hospitality.

Gina Meyers – Growers’ Market Manager
growersmarket@downtownabq.com
Gina came to New Mexico in October of 2010 fresh from a season managing the Farmers Market in Homer, AK. She was introduced to Albuquerque agriculture working alongside her organic farming family members and friends. After frequenting ABQ Growers Markets as a vendor and a customer, Gina began coordinating the Downtown Growers Market in May 2012. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, she earned a BA in Art, Design, and Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota. Loving the sunshine and friendly people of Albuquerque, Gina is happy to be involved with such a wonderful community of growers and artists who bring the enchantment of this land to life.