Dear Alumni and Friends,

2021 continues to be a unique year full of challenges and obstacles. Nonetheless, our program and cohort have adapted, changed priorities, and found new ways of learning about the community and about themselves.

We are pleased to say that our progress in continuing our important mission to connect people and prepare them as leaders to shape the future of Santa Fe has continued with the support and passion of our board of directors, advisory board, and community members like you.
Sending you all wishes of a rewarding and healthy year, and looking forward to visiting in person when the time is right to gather. There is light at the end of the tunnel!
My very best,

Valerie Alarid
Program Director
Session Snapshots
Session III: Youth & Education, Dr. Veronica Garcia
Dr. Veronica Garcia presented on the challenges of a school year during the pandemic and her optimistic forecast for the remainder of the academic year.
Session IV: Energy, Environment & Sustainability
Representative Melanie Stansbury, House District 28 presents on climate change and sustainability for New Mexico's future generations
Session V: Health & Public Safety
Lillian Montoya, President & CEO-Christus St. Vincent shares her leadership style with the class at our session dedicated to health & public safety
Session VI: Government
Thank you County Manager, Katherine Miller and City Councilors Chris Rivera and Michael Garcia who served on a local government panel discussion.
The class participates in a team-building exercise practicing influencing, executing, relationship building, and strategic thinking.
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Please consider giving a donation to Leadership Santa Fe.
It is more important than ever to engage and develop diverse and effective leaders for the future of our community. Your donation supports the community of Santa Fe with an affordable program that offers world-class skills training. 

Your donation is tax deductible and supports the community of Santa Fe with an affordable program that offers world-class skills training. 

Alumni Spotlight - Katharine E. Clark, Class of 2020
Katharine E. Clark is currently serving as the Santa Fe County Clerk, elected in November 2020. Katharine is a former political consultant, lab manager, and data consultant. She has a BA in Cognitive Neuroscience and Moral Psychology from UC Berkeley and an MBA in Human Resources and Strategic Policy from UNM. 
"I've always had a particular interest in helping out the youth in Santa Fe as I know it can be quite a difficult place to grow up. This session was both inspirational and informative. I feel as though I left the session with the tools and connections to become more involved with supporting our Santa Fe youth."
Natalie T., Class of 2021

"What I learned from Leadership Santa Fe is that people have remarkable gifts to share, and sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes the source of those gifts is the very same source of the things that irritate us, the aspects we don’t like about each other.  Leadership Santa Fe has been a time of transformation for me, and I’ve come to believe that transforming is so much about acceptance.  Not about fixing ourselves and others – but about honoring ourselves and others as a source of wisdom and compassion." 
-Perli Cunanan, Class of 2010

"Leadership Santa Fe has given me tools and resources that will continue to benefit me in both my professional and personal journey.  Civic awareness sheds light on the issues our community faces; encouraging us to get involved and make a difference in Santa Fe. Leadership skills development helped me to tap into my potential and step outside of my comfort zone by working together and asking powerful questions. This class was one of the most motivating and inspirational 8 months." 
-Andrea, Class of 2018 
Alumni News
Lisa Gavioli Roach, Class of 2016: Married Robert (Bobby) Wingo at Dunton Hot Springs near Dolores, CO on Saturday February 27, 2021
Lindsay Archuleta, Class of 2020: Welcomed baby Liam on Sep. 29, 2020
Let's stay connected! Share you milestones, life events, and achievements with the Leadership Santa Fe Community. Send details to Valerie at
Become a Sponsor
We offer sponsor opportunities at a level that will fit your budget. Will you join these wonderful organizations in sponsoring excellence in Santa Fe leadership? For more information, click the link below.

If you are interested in branding opportunities and recognition as a Title Sponsor for the Class of 2022, please contact Valerie Alarid for details on sponsor levels.
Partnerships with our sponsors are vital to the success of Leadership Santa Fe. You are truly appreciated!
For more information on our Title Sponsors, click the business name below.

Platinum Sponsors 

Gold Level

Silver Level

Session Sponsors
Delta Dental of Santa Fe

Session Co-Sponsors & Supporters
Sharp Business Systems
Phase One Realty
Del Norte Credit Union
Fine Art Framers
Fix My Roof
City of Santa Fe Economic Development
Sam's Club
Ohori's Coffee Roasters
HEC (Santa Fe Higher Education Center)
The Pantry
J. Ipiotis R. LLC
White & Luff Financial
Santa Fe Women's Club & Sigrid Morton

Leadership Advisory Committee
Valerie Alarid*, Leadership Santa Fe; Harold Dixon, State Employees Credit Union;
Bridget Dixson*, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce; Tom Dominguez*, PNM;
David Markwardt*, David Markwardt Consulting & Leadership Santa Fe;
Shontez Morris*, Alumni Representative; Dion Silva, Enterprise Bank & Trust;
David Sidebottom*, Century Bank; Art Trujillo*, Hutton Broadcasting

Santa Fe Chamber Opportunities Fund Board of Directors
Steve Crawford, Daniels Insurance; Steve Resnick, Capitol Computer & Network Solutions;
Jeff Szabat, Century Bank; Bridget Dixson, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce;
Matthew Bonifer, Barraclough & Associates, P.C.;
Heather Rising, CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center;
Stephanie Graham, Nusenda Credit Union

*denotes Leadership Santa Fe Alumni
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Session VI: Leadership Skills Day