Rima brings to SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market a broad range of experience in the areas of public relations, communications, marketing, fundraising, community outreach, and Indian Affairs policy. Her background includes work at the New the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, the Santa Fe 400th Anniversary Project, the Santa Fe Bandstand summer music festival, the Mexico Indian Affairs Department, and the LA County Museum of Art. She has is an avid traveler of the Southwest, and also a freelance writer and photographer.
Passionate about documenting the living arts and contemporary life in New Mexico, she is one of the official photographers for the Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan Pueblo) tribal archive. Among her academic credits, her photographs will be featured in a book she is co-authoring with Pueblo scholar Dr. Matthew Martinez, titled Ohkay Owingeh, Place of the Strong People: Celebrations of the Seasons. Rima has a Bachelors degree in Finance/Economics from the University of Connecticut, home of the UCONN Huskies.
She is particularly interested in the opportunities for economic development encompassed cultural entrepreneurship, and successfully linking consumers with fine artists, designers, and craftspersons through innovative outreach and marketing initiatives.