Outpost Executive Director and Founder: Tom Guralnick
Tom Guralnick has been an arts presenter and performing musician for 40 years. He is the Founding Executive Director of the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque— a nationally respected presenting arts organization since 1988, which offers an eclectic mix of jazz, experimental, folk & roots, international music, educational programs and visual arts in its own intimate space as well as in larger venues. Outpost has presented well over 3000 events in its almost 35 year existence. Guralnick is also the Director of the New Mexico Jazz Festival (since 2006), and is a founding director of the Western Jazz Presenters Network. From 1970 until 2001, Guralnick toured nationally and internationally as an experimental saxophonist.
Outpost Communications and Sponsorship Director: Alicia Ultan
Alicia has been with Outpost since 1998, starting part time as the Publicity & Sponsorship Coordinator, while also serving as the Director of the John Donald Robb Musical Trust at the University of NM from 1998-2006, and becoming full time in 2006. Alicia oversees all Outpost publicity efforts, coordinates the advertising campaigns and oversees Outpost’s marketing. She also writes the seasonal newsletters and all those entertaining, informative E-blasts you receive every week, as well as developing & managing our corporate and individual sponsorship program. An award winning singer-songwriter as well as a violist, Alicia received her BA in Music from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis after which she completed an internship in arts administration from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Before moving to NM in 1993, she served as School Administrator for the Minnesota Dance Theater, and Program Director for Young Audiences and Very Special Arts MN. Upon moving to NM, Alicia served as the Education & Advertising Coordinator for the New Mexico Jazz Workshop and the Education & Outreach Director for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Alicia performs regularly with her award winning Indie Folk Français duo/band Bébé La La, as well as with the Heartland Folk Rock band, Roger Jameson and the Jaded Heart Band, and has performed many times over the years at Outpost.
Outpost Graphic Designer & Production Associate: Eli Quinn
Outpost Technical Director: Andres Martinez
Membership & Volunteer Coordinator: Jalila Arthur Brewer
Jalila Arthur Brewer works diligently to increase membership and volunteer involvement at Outpost. She is responsible for volunteer coordination, recruitment and training, and assisting in fundraising efforts through membership recruitment and retention as well as donation appeals. Mrs. Arthur Brewer proudly graduated with distinction from the University of New Mexico where she earned a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration on Nonprofit Management. DJ Lila is also a disk jockey on KUNM for Folk Routes and was recognized for her hip folk playlists by Folk Alliance International. Jalila is happily married to Seth Brewer of Organic Books. Between the Jazz Club, Ratio Station, and Bookstore, they are like some bohemian couple from the 20’s – only about a century too late. Together, they work on a multitude of events, both public and private, for the benefit of their community.
Fundraising Associate: Liz Axelrod Olson
Liz assists with raising funds to increase Outpost’s annual contributions, memberships, sponsorships and so on. From 2005-2018 Liz was the Grants Manager & Office Supervisor at the HAGEDORN FOUNDATION, Roslyn, NY where she managed $5.5M annual grants portfolio. She directed all components of grants processing for $56M fund, supervised office manager, bookkeeper and consultants in all facets of office administration: staff scheduling, purchasing, independent projects, payables and receivable, meeting planning, and preparation for company dissolution. She is also a published poet. She has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing from THE NEW SCHOOL FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT, NYC; and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Creative Writing from THE NEW SCHOOL RIGGIO WRITING & DEMOCRACY HONORS PROGRAM. She was recognized on the Dean’s List multiple times and was a Theta Nu Sigma National Honor Society Inductee.