Leadership ABQ

Leadership Albuquerque develops knowledgeable and engaged civic leaders. In its 45th year, the program prepares professionals at all levels and from a variety of industries to expand their influence in their organizations and in our community. Throughout this 10-month course, each cohort of approximately 40 students gains a deep understanding of issues that impact the economic growth and quality of life in our city and state. They enjoy interactions with high-level community leaders, government officials, and industry experts and gain insight into the most important challenges we face.

Leadership ABQ is a 10-month program, running from September through June.

The program begins with an introduction to Leadership ABQ and becoming acquainted with the Greater ABQ Chamber of Commerce. Afterward, the class gathers monthly for curriculum days on various topics including, Public Safety, Education, Economic Development and Diversification, and Downtown Transformation. Throughout the program year, Leadership ABQ participants are assured the following benefits:

  1. ACCESS to top influencers and decision makers in our city and state
  2. Interesting and exciting EXPERIENCES
  3. KNOWLEDGE about the critical issues impacting economic growth and our quality of life
  4. Meaningful CONNECTIONS with other business and civic leaders in Albuquerque
  5. Opportunities for introspection and LEADERSHIP growth

Application guidelines for Leadership ABQ.

To join Leadership Albuquerque, please download the application below and submit it to the Chamber by August 16, 2024. Instruction begins in September and culminates with a one-day professional leadership retreat and graduation in June 2025. Participants will need to dedicate roughly one full day per month to the program. Tuition is $2,925 per person for companies or organization that are investors/members of the Chamber and $3,925 per person for non-Chamber investors. Tuition includes meals, networking events, some transportation, instructors, and graduation. Limited scholarship funds are available for officers at nonprofit organizations. For more information, please review the application at the link closely.

CLASS OF 2023-2024

Each Leadership ABQ class is comprised of a rich variety of dynamic participants, and their sponsoring company or organization.

Heather Abeyta

Kirtland Air Force Base

Holly Armstrong

Rodey Law Firm

David Buchanan

U.S. Bank

Jason Christensen

Wagner Equipment

Susan De Los Santos

UNM Health Sciences Center

Deena Duran

UNM Health Sciences Center

Josh Glass

French Funerals & Cremations

Mercy Herrera

Excellent Schools New Mexico

Erin Johnson-Kruft

Central New Mexico Community College

Denise L'Esperance

Bank of Albuquerque

Anthony Lujan

New Mexico Gas Company

Kristin McLoughlin


Heather Mock

Sandia Preparatory School

Amanda Ortiz

UNM Health Sciences Center

Andrea Sanchez


Nathan Varley

Western Sky Community Care

Anthony Alexander

Wagner Equipment

Muskaan Behl

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of New Mexico

Kristen Carey

New Mexico Mutual

Joyce Copeland

Sandia National Laboratories

Shana Dempsey


Benton Dwight


Lisa Goodman

United Supermarkets

Michael Hoffman

Lovelace Health System

Jacqueline Kakos

UNM Health Sciences Center

Janet Leung

UNM Hospitals

Eric Martinez


Laurel Meister Schmuck

The Grant Plant

Mary Montano


Robert Romero

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Amanda Talley

Boys and Girls Club of Central New Mexico

Racheal Angel

Western Sky Community Care

Rebecca Brock

Sandia National Laboratories

Dominica Chavez


Brian Cosbey

Bohannan Huston

Taylor Duffney

Briones Business Law

Alex Elborn

Sutin, Thayer & Browne

Khia Griffis

Albuquerque Community Foundation

Shannon Jackson


Jessica Lawlis


Angela Lopez

Public Charter Schools of New Mexico

Sebastian Martinez

Central New Mexico Community College

Maggie Merrigan

Hartman + Majewski Design Group

Jason Okumura

Kirtland Air Force Base

Eugene Saavedra

Albuquerque Public Schools

Chris Taylor

Chalmers Ford

“Leadership Albuquerque pulls no punches. You will learn the good, bad, and ugly about issues impacting your family, your employer, and your community.
You will leave the program more informed, more passionate, and better prepared for the next step on your leadership journey.”
– Michael Hoffman, Lovelace Health System

“I really enjoyed participating in Leadership Albuquerque, especially since I moved here fairly recently. It gave me the opportunity to understand both the strengths and challenges that our community faces and motivated me to learn even more about how I can serve both my institution and the larger community.”
– Heather Mock, Sandia Preparatory School


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