Preface

How can a state know if it is becoming stronger? How can leaders know if their efforts are making a difference—or even what kind of changes to pursue? This report draws on the wisdom of thousands of New Mexicans who took part in past town halls and public forums, together developing fundamental goals for our state. Throughout the report, progress measures indicate levels of movement toward those goals.

Report Contributors

Many people throughout the state contributed to the development of this information. They come from different backgrounds and are united in their desire to see data used to create a stronger, healthier New Mexico.

Advisory Committee 

  • Peter Winograd, UNM Center for Education Policy Research (retired), advisory committee chair
  • Adrian Oglesby, UNM Utton Center, water chapter contributing editor
  • Hilma Chynoweth, formerly with Albuquerque Economic Development
  • Amy Dowd, NM Health Insurance Exchange
  • Claire Dudley-Chavez, New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership
  • Sam Fernald, New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute
  • Sandy Freeland, Zuni School District
  • Anne Jakle, NM EPSCoR, formerly with Energy, Minerals, & Natural Resources Department
  • Jason John, Navajo Nation Water Management
  • Michael Landen, New Mexico Department of Health
  • Patricia Montoya, New Mexico Coalition for Health Care Value
  • Brian Rashap, Intel Corporation
  • Suzan Reagan, UNM Bureau of Business & Economic Research
  • Valerie Romero-Leggott, UNM Health Sciences Center
  • Eugene Sun, Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico
  • Grant Taylor, Hobbs Chamber of Commerce
  • Kathy Ulibarri, Central New Mexico Community College

Technical Reviewers

The following people reviewed parts of this report before it was published, lending technical expertise.

  • Tony Delphin, New Mexico Forestry Division
  • Joan Drake, Modrall Sperling Law Firm
  • Jerry Harrison, New Mexico Health Resources
  • Kent Reid, New Mexico Highlands University
  • Rolf Schmidt, NM Interstate Stream Commission

Authors

  • Heather Balas, President & Executive Director, New Mexico First
  • Charlotte Pollard, Deputy Director, New Mexico First
  • Melanie Sanchez Eastwood, Communications Director, New Mexico First

Sponsors

  • Intel Corporation
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Hatton W. Sumners Foundation

Note of Appreciation

The initial New Mexico Progress Report, published in 2012, was the brainchild of former board member Carl Moore, Ph.D. We remain in his debt for inspiring this important work.

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