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.



April 15-16, 2014
New Mexico First convened a two-day town hall that brought together people from around the state to develop practical recommendations on water use and policy. Town hall participants focused on key issues including: meaningful long-range and crisis water planning, NM’s aging water infrastructure,conservation and reuse and water development.


May 6-7, 2014
Registration Closed
Regrettably registration is closed for the New Mexico First’s facilitation training that provides a well-defined, step-by-step approach that helps people learn to run productive meetings.


New Mexico First Legislative Agenda
Our Legislative Agenda was based on citizen recommendations developed during the Centennial Town Hall and the STEM Action Planning Summit. We are pleased to announce that several policies we supported were successful.


YouTube Channel
2014 Legislative Progress!

Please check out our YouTube Channel, where you'll find video on our latest legislative accomplishments, town halls, collaborations, events and more.

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.