ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After 25 years at the helm of Leadership New Mexico, president and co-founder Patty Komko has announced she will retire at the end of the year.
“Our organization would not be where it is today without our donors, the volunteers and businesses we work with each year,” Komko said in a statement. “I will miss all the communities and the community leaders that have welcomed us with open arms these past 25 years.”
During her tenure as president of LNM, Komko oversaw the creation and growth of the nonprofit organization, which has now expanded to include three other partner organizations with nearly 1,800 program graduates.
“Our entire state will forever be indebted to Patty for her 25 years of dedicated leadership and immense contributions toward developing a network of nearly 1,800 leaders from 88 communities around the state,” said Russell Allen, chairman of the LNM board. “… This state is better because of Leadership New Mexico and Patty’s leadership, energy and passion to create and grow the organization to where it is today.”
LNM was founded in 1995 as an educational organization to identify and develop leaders with the goal of giving program members the tools to address the state’s economic, business and social issues.
LNM class members learn about the challenges and opportunities unique to the state through speakers and other programs.
The program began with an $8,000 grant and has grown over the decades to a $1.5 million yearly budget, which includes a $700,000 endowment funded by its lifetime members.
LNM’s Core Program focuses on established senior leaders. Each year’s class consists of several dozen leaders from the private industry, nonprofits and government agencies who participate in educational tours and presentations in various parts of the state throughout the year.
Leadership’s programs also include Connect New Mexico for emerging leaders under 40 and the the Local Government Leadership Program. It also features the Alumni Program, which includes 550 members.
Allen said that the organization is beginning to search for Komko’s successor and intends to have a selection by mid-November.