Board Members

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Carlos A. Murrieta

Immediate Past President

Position in NOMA: Carlos served as NOMA Arizona Chapter President from 2020 thru 2021.
Education: Bachelor of Architecture from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM); Construction Administration from Universidad Valle de Mexico
Affiliations/Registrations: AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED BD+C He also serves on the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration, NCARB ARE Development Committee, Urban Land institute DEI Committee and AIA Phoenix Metro Secretary.
Origin: Carlos was born in Sonora Mexico, and spent his early childhood living in Mexico City, a place that he considers had a great impact in his later interest in the built environment.
Personal Focus: Design as a catalyst of behavior in the place we live; as we merge into our land, communities, and environment, we have a significant impact that can benefit or harm. I believe that simple design strategies can change how we impact the place we live in and change our behavior towards our environment.

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Brooke Montelongo

Secretary

Position in NOMA: Secretary (2021-2022)
Education: Bachelor’s of Art in Sociology, University of California Los Angeles (2004)
Affiliations/Registrations: CSI, CDTI
Origin: She was Born and raised in Los Angeles, California and migrated to Phoenix, Arizona in 2013. Brooke is of Mexican decent and second generation Mexican American.
Personal Focus: To support, inspire, and empower the architectural community and improve the built environment.

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Maurita N. Harris

President

Position in NOMA: Current Chapter President, Founding Member, past Parliamentarian / Historian and Mentorship Co-Chair
Education: Bachelor of Architecture (Kent State University), Bachelor of Science in Architecture (Kent State University), CAED European Program in Italy Spring 1995
Affiliations/Registrations: AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED AP
Origin: Maurita is the first in her family to graduate college and the third African-American female to be licensed in Arizona. She hails from a small rural community in Eastern Ohio where family and community are one in the same.
Personal Focus: To help other women and minority Architects/Designers have a seat at the table. Be present and leave a legacy of empowerment.

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Nakia Neves

Treasurer

Position in NOMA: NOMA AZ Treasurer
Education: August 2001 B.A., Communication, minor, Mass Communication. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Summer 2001 Studied intercultural communication and British culture during six-week study abroad tour of the United Kingdom.
May 1999 A.A., General Studies. Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ.
Origin: Born in Boston, MA and descendent of multiple generations of New Englanders. Cape Verdean by paternal lineage. Raised in Phoenix, AZ. First in family to graduate from college.
Personal Focus: Nakia Neves is a marketing and business development specialist with 15 years of experience working in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industry. After being introduced to the work performed by the American Institute of Architects’ Equity in Architecture Commission, Nakia’s professional passion has been to integrate the principals of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI), into the broader AEC industry. Just as her role in architecture unites her passion for design with her talent in marketing, her focus to promote equitable practice within the AEC community marries her passion for social equity and community service with the industry she deeply reveres. In 2020, she joined the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) as an allied member where her intent is to continue working to bridge the design community with the greater communities it serves. At her core, Nakia is a passionate advocate and a joyful collaborator, working to improve all layers of community for all.

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Fatima R. Garcia

Vice President

Pronouns: she/hers/her
Position in NOMA: Vice President, Past K-12 Committee Chair (2019-2021)
Education: Bachelor’s in Architecture, Tec de Monterrey – CSN (2004)
Affiliations/Registrations: AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, CAPM
Origin: Fatima was born and raised in Hermosillo, a town in the Sonoran Desert in Mexico. After obtaining her professional degree she transferred to Arizona with the company she was working for. She comes from a family of educators and builders that have influenced her passion and career focus.
Personal Focus: Fatima started in the NOMA chapter working with and chairing the K-12 outreach committee to bring the profession of architecture, design, and construction to younger generations. She believes a more diverse profession means a more diverse set of ideas and solutions that would create a greater impact in our community.

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Luis Cruz-Martinez

Parliamentarian / Historian

Position in NOMA: Parliamentarian / Historian . ARE Prep Co-Chair
Education: Master of Architecture (Arizona State University), Bachelor of Environmental Design (Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Rio Piedras)
Affiliations/Registrations: AIA, NOMA, LEED AP
Origin: Luis was raised in the small town of Camuy in the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico. After earning his undergraduate degree, he traveled to Arizona to pursue his Master and ended up finding his home in the desert.
Personal Focus: He wants to be helpful to those seeking meaningful development in their architectural careers.