New Mexico First is a public policy organization that engages people in important issues facing their state or community. Established in 1986, we offer unique town halls and forums that create recommendations for policymakers and the public. New Mexico First also produces nonpartisan policy reports on critical issues, such as water, education, healthcare, the economy, and energy. Our research and facilitation services are available to public and private entities. Contact us to learn more.



December 8-9, 2014
FirstNet is a single platform for public safety communications at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels. Forum participants identified challenges, recommendations, and priorities that will ensure statewide coordination in addressing key needs of first responders throughout the state.


April 15-16, 2014
Over 300 New Mexicans came together in April 2014 to develop a smart, actionable platform of recommendations on water policy. Participants addressed water management, planning, drought, law, watershed restoration, conservation and more. Read the report today!


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How do our town
halls work?

In New Mexico First town halls, the focus is on you, the participants - what you think, what you've experienced, what you need. You are the experts here.

How do we make a

Our town halls produce concrete, doable recommendations for changes in public policy. From education to economic growth to water policy, implemented reforms have made a real difference in our New Mexico.

What can we do for

Communities, organizations, and businesses around the state call on New Mexico First when they need to incorporate citizen, member, or employee input into their planning.