Board

Consistent with our nonpartisan approach, Think New Mexico’s board is composed of Democrats, Independents and Republicans. They are statesmen and stateswomen, who have no agenda other than to see New Mexico succeed. They are also the brain trust of this think tank.

jackiebacaClara Apodaca, a native of Las Cruces, was First Lady of New Mexico from 1975-1978. She served as New Mexico’s Secretary of Cultural Affairs under Governors Toney Anaya and Garrey Carruthers and as senior advisor to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Clara is a former President and CEO of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation.
jackiebacaJacqueline Baca has been President of Bueno Foods since 1986. She began work there on the production line at age 16. Jackie helps teach a class about family businesses at the University of New Mexico, where she received her MBA. She was a founding board member of Accion and has served on the board of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, the New Mexico Family Business Alliance, and WESST.
bardackePaul Bardacke served as Attorney General of New Mexico from 1983-1986. Paul is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and he currently handles complex commercial litigation and mediation with the firm of BardackeAllison. In 2009 Paul was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Park System Advisory Board. He was reappointed in 2013.
buchholtzDavid Buchholtz, Treasurer, has advised more than a dozen Governors and Cabinet Secretaries of Economic Development on fiscal matters. David has served as Chairman of the Association of Commerce and Industry and was appointed to the Spaceport Authority Board of Directors by Governor Susana Martinez. He is Of Counsel to the Rodey law firm.
carruthersGarrey Carruthers, Chair Emeritus, served as Governor of New Mexico from 1987-1990 and is now President of New Mexico State University, where he had previously served as Dean of the College of Business. Garrey was formerly President and CEO of Cimarron Health Plan and he serves on the board of the Arrowhead economic development center in Las Cruces.
harrisLaDonna Harris is Chair of the Board and Founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity. She is also a founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus. LaDonna was a leader in the effort to return the Taos Blue Lake to Taos Pueblo. She is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation.
lujanEdward Lujan, Vice-Chair, is the former CEO of Manuel Lujan Agencies, the largest privately owned insurance agency in New Mexico. Ed is a former Chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico, the New Mexico Economic Development Commission, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico, where he is now Chair Emeritus.
liddieLiddie Martinez is a native of Española whose family has lived in northern New Mexico since the 1600s. She is the Market President-Los Alamos for Los Alamos National Bank and also farms the Rancho Faisan. Liddie has previously served as Executive Director of the Regional Development Corporation and as board chair of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.
brianmooreBrian Moore is a small businessman from Clayton, where he and his wife own Clayton Ranch Market. Brian was a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives from 2001-2008, where he served on the Legislative Finance Committee. From 2010-2012, Brian worked as Deputy Chief of Staff and Washington, D.C. Director for Governor Susana Martinez.
fred2016Fred Nathan, Secretary, founded Think New Mexico and is its Executive Director. Fred served as Special Counsel to New Mexico Attorney General Tom Udall from 1991-1998. In that capacity, he was the architect of several successful legislative initiatives and was in charge of New Mexico’s $1.25 billion lawsuit against the tobacco industry.
RobertaRoberta Cooper Ramo, Chair, is the first woman elected President of the American Bar Association and the American Law Institute. Roberta has served on the State Board of Finance and was President of the Board of Regents of the University of New Mexico. In 2011, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Roberta is a shareholder with the Modrall law firm.

Former Board Members

ortizFrank Ortiz (1926-2005), a career Foreign Service Officer of the United States, served as United States Ambassador to several countries, including Argentina, Guatemala, and Peru, and was a member of many boards throughout New Mexico. Frank was the founding Vice-Chair of Think New Mexico’s board, where he served until his death in 2005.
udallStewart Udall (1920-2010) served as Secretary of the Interior under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Prior to that, Stewart served three terms in Congress. He authored The Quiet Crisis (1963), which tells the story of humankind’s stewardship over the planet’s resources, and To the Inland Empire: Coronado and Our Spanish Legacy (1987), which celebrates Hispanic contributions to our history. Stewart was the founding Chair of Think New Mexico’s board, where he served until his death in 2010. Read more about Stewart’s life and legacy.
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