Leadership ABQ

Leadership Albuquerque develops knowledgeable and engaged civic leaders. In its 40th 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.

Leadership ABQ begins with an overnight retreat for the entire entering class. Afterward, the class gathers monthly for curriculum days on various topics, including Public Safety, Education, Technology and Innovation, and Downtown Redevelopment. 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.

The application period for Leadership ABQ runs from the beginning of March through mid-May. Acceptance notices are sent the last week of May and tuition in full is due by mid-July. Each participant will receive professional headshots during the summer, and a “Welcome to Leadership Albuquerque” reception is held for each incoming class in late August. The mandatory retreat to kick off the program is held in mid-September. Tuition for Leadership ABQ participants is $2,825.00 for Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Investors and $3,825.00 for non-Chamber investors.

Tuition covers the mandatory retreat, 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 July 31, and 50% refund between August 1 and 31. No refunds will be issued after August 31.

CLASS OF 2018-2019

Each Leadership ABQ class is comprised of a rich variety of dynamic individuals, as evidenced by the cohort for 2018-2019.

Dalina Amador-Bouvet
Senior Sourcing Analyst
Public Service Company of New Mexico

Aida Andujo

Manager of Sponsored Projects
UNM Health Sciences Center

Carol Ash

Associate Dean of School of Health Wellness & Public Safety
Central New Mexico Community College

Michael Balaskovits

VP of Community Development and Planning
Bohannan Huston, Inc.

Cynthia Baldonado

Senior Manager Community Relations
Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM

Tyler Beecham

Project Manager
Bradbury Stamm Construction

Kristen Benedict

Dean of Applied Technology
Central New Mexico Community College

Ketan Bharatiya

Project Manager
Hartman + Majewski Design Group

Christine Boerner

Budgets Administrator
UNM Health Sciences Center

Steven Bower

Tax Supervisor
Ricci + Company

Alice Brousseau

Chief Financial Officer
French Funerals-Cremations, Inc.

Mariam Bruce

Accounting Manager
Affordable Solar Group, LLC
Johnny Cordova
Branch Manager
US Bank

Juan Dorado

Project Manager
Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

Scott Elder

Chief Operations Officer
Albuquerque Public Schools

Peter Ford

Manager Pipeline Engineering
New Mexico Gas Company

Haley Garcia

Enterprise Board Secretary
San Felipe Pueblo Enterprises

Darrla Giersch

Principal Member of Technical Staff
Sandia National Labs

Al Hernandez

SVP Commercial & Industrial Banking Group
Bank of Albuquerque

Jentry Hinton

Executive Director Clinical & Long Term Care Operations
Presbyterian Health Plan

Matthew Houston

AVP of Commercial Relationship
Manager, First National 1870

Brad Johnston

Senior Business Relationship Manager
Wells Fargo

Dan Kingston

Manager of Human Resources
PNM Resources

Trishelle Kirk

General Manager
Affordable Solar Group, LLC

Cynthia Luna

Underwriting Manager
New Mexico Mutual
Rodney Martinez
Chief Financial Officer & Administration Officer
UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center

Denise Nava

Scholarship & Communications Manager
Albuquerque Community Foundation

Andrew Putnam

Finance Director
Presbyterian Healthcare Services/ Fluent Health

Dorian Rader

Managing Partner
NMA Ventures

Brent Rickert

Manager of National and Local Indirect Sales
Comcast

Rachael Sewards

Lead Founder/Head of School
Solare Collegiate Charter School

Leah Stevens-Block

Attorney/Partner
Sheehan & Sheehan, P.A.

Andy Strebe

Operations Director
Chalmers Ford

Clayton Ten Eyck

Vice President of Water Resources
Molzen Corbin

Mark Thompson

Property Development Director
Indian Pueblos Marketing Inc.

Estevan Trujillo

IG Inspections Director
Kirtland Air Force Base

Curtis Vernon

Attorney
Sutin, Thayer & Browne

Stefanie Vigil

Director of Community Health
True Health New Mexico

Katrina Wagner

Community Relations Specialist
Sandia National Laboratories

Eve Wakeland

Director of Accounts
Esparza
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