Leadership ABQ

Leadership Albuquerque develops knowledgeable and engaged civic leaders. In its 42nd 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 ten-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.

Instruction will begin in September and culminate with a one-day professional leadership retreat and graduation in June 2022.  Participants will need to dedicate roughly one full day per month to the program. Although our programming for the 2021 class was interrupted for a few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have since resumed with a mix of in-person and virtual instruction and the class has had an opportunity to hear from truly top-notch presenters. Instruction for the 2022 class will begin in an in-person format (Sept.), followed by hybrid in-person/virtual instruction as public health orders allow (Oct.-May), and conclude with a safe, in-person leadership retreat and graduation in June of 2022. Tuition for Leadership ABQ participants is $2,925.00 for Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Investors and $3,925.00 for non-Chamber investors.

Tuition covers meals, materials, fees for speaker bookings, and the graduation ceremony. Occasional parking fees are not included. Limited scholarship funds are available for Chamber Investors. These funds are primarily reserved for small business owners and officers at nonprofit organizations. Accepted applicants who must withdraw may receive a refund 75% of their tuition on or before November 1, 2021 and 50% refund before January 1, 2022. No refunds will be issued after January 1, 2022.

CLASS OF 2020-2021

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

Abel Bazan


Anne DiBello

UNM Health Sciences Center

C. Quinn López

Western Sky Community Care

Christine Duncan


Gabriel Antonio Gonzales; Ed.D.

ABQ Public Schools

Karen Nordquist

Sandia National Labs

Marcus Ritter

Sandia National Labs

Martha Jarrett

True Health New Mexico

Michal Kuca

Sandia National Laboratories

Rosa Chavarría

US Bank

Sireesha Koppula, MD.

UNM Hospitals

T.J. Cook

CNM Ingenuity, Inc.

Verónica Toledo

United Parents and Students

Alandren Etlantus

Bohannan Huston Inc.

Bernice Madrid

UNM Health Sciences Center

Carlos Hernández


Gabe Castro

Presbyterian Health Services

Jasmine Del Campo

Sandia National Labs

Kirk Meyer

Chalmers Ford

Mario Cervantes

PNM Resources

Michael Lucero

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Nicole Strauser

New Mexico Gas Company

Rose Nelson

Western Sky Community Care

Spencer Wilcox

PNM Resources

Thomas Quirk

Sandia National Labs

Victor Muñoz

The Hartman + Majewski Design Group

Alejandro ‘Alex’ Flores

Sandia National Labs

Brenna Gaytan

Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM

Cat Powdrell

DPS Design (Dekker, Perich, Sabatini)

Gabe Gallegos


José Andy Cordova

UNM Health Sciences Center

Laura Montoya-Ashton

Sandia National Labs

Mark Arnold

New Mexico Mutual

Michael McKernan

Sandia National Labs

Oscar Martínez


Sandy Mwei

ABQ Community Foundation

Suzanne Mirabal

First National 1870

Travis Suazo

PNM Resources

Yolanda Montaño-Lovato

Bank of Albuquerque

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