Doña Ana County



District 4 Doña Ana County Commissioner D. Kent Evans is among 45 leaders from across the state selected to participate in the 2006-2007 Leadership New Mexico Core Program. This is the 11th class for the Leadership New Mexico Core Program.

Leadership New Mexico was founded in 1995 as a statewide leadership organization dedicated to identifying and enhancing leadership throughout New Mexico by providing a forum for participants to strengthen their knowledge of challenges and opportunities facing our state. Leadership New Mexico participants and alumni are from diverse ethnic, gender, regional, and business backgrounds. With a strong focus on diversity, Leadership New Mexico continues to grow and touch all of New Mexico’s communities, large and small. Currently there are nearly 500 participants from 52 communities across the state.

Open to all the state’s citizens, Leadership New Mexico’s Core Program involves leaders who represent the various geographic regions and communities, from the public, private, government, and non-profit sectors. Employers, community organizations, local leadership programs, or individuals may nominate candidates who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential. Individuals also nominate themselves.

The Core Program sessions, which begin Thursday evenings and conclude Saturday afternoons, include topics such as health and human services, economic development, education, environment and natural resources, government, and crime and justice issues. The program sessions are held over ten months in various locations around the state. The sessions are designed to address the various issues facing the state. Each program session features speakers and panelists that are acknowledged leaders in their specific field.

Participants have the opportunity to engage in a discussion with speakers and to explore the issues in-depth.

By engaging people in solution-seeking communication, Leadership New Mexico encourages program graduates to assume leadership roles on community and statewide issues, and develop networks for effective leadership. “New Mexico’s future prosperity is directly dependent upon the quality and contributions of its leadership. Every responsible, informed, and dedicated individual can have a great impact on the future of New Mexico,” said Patty Komko, Executive Director. “After a successful ten-year legacy we welcome the 11th class, we are excited about the opportunities that lay ahead.”

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