Leadership ABQ

Leadership Albuquerque develops knowledgeable and engaged civic leaders. In its 41st 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.

Instruction will begin in November and culminate with a two-day professional leadership retreat and graduation in June 2021.  Participants will need to dedicate roughly one full day per month to the program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our programming for the 2020 class was interrupted for a few months, but we have since resumed with virtual instruction and the class has had an opportunity to hear from truly top-notch presenters.  The 2020 class will graduate on October 6th.  Instruction for the 2021 class will also begin in a virtual format (Nov-Feb), followed by hybrid in-person/virtual instruction as public health orders allow (Mar-Apr), and conclude with safe, in-person instruction (May-June). 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 January 31, and 50% refund between February 1 and 20. No refunds will be issued after February 26th, 2021.

CLASS OF 2019-2020

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

Vanessa Anderson
Rio Grande Credit Union

Tom Cullen

Don Chalmers Ford

Mark Fenton

PNM Resources

Michelle Garcia

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Debbie Keene

New Mexico Gas Company

Amy Lapidus

U.S. Bank

Cindi Meche

UNM Health Sciences Center

Marlena Ramsay

UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center

Angela Rivas

Sandia National Laboratories

Julie Rowey

PNM Resources

Julie Taylor

Hotel Andaluz

Amanda Velarde

Albuquerque Public Schools

Candi Borrecco

Central New Mexico Community College

Katie Esquibel

Sandia National Laboratories

Dominique Foley Wilson

Kirtland Partnership Committee

Daniel Gonzales

Molzen Corbin

Sara Keller

Nusenda Credit Union

Sonya Lara

Central New Mexico Community College

Danielle Olivas

Medline Industries

Neil Reagin

US Eagle Federal Credit Union

Isaac Rivas-Savell

Voz Collegiate Preparatory Charter School

Juan Samaniego

Bohannan Huston

Scarlett Taylor

Fluent (Presbyterian Healthcare Systems)

Joe White


Bruce Bradford

Bank of Albuquerque

Jennifer Facio Maddox

Dekker Perch Sabatini

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Garcia

Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Gabriel Gonzales

Wells Fargo Bank

Dustin King

New Mexico Mutual

Becky MacGregor

Fusion Corporate Wellness Solutions

Leia Phelps

True Health

Ryan Reynolds

UNM Health Science Center

Kyriat Rivera

USAF 377 Medical Group

Matti Sokoll

Bradbury Stamm Construction

Justin Thayer

Sandia Labs Federal Credit Union

Gabriel Valenzuela


State Farm

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