Our mission is to connect people and prepare them as leaders to shape the future of Santa Fe.
Leadership Santa Fe is a program designed to enhance leadership resources for the community of Santa Fe. We accomplish this by giving civic-minded people a vehicle for their community-oriented energies, and providing access to community leaders and policy makers.
Leadership Santa Fe is a non-profit, 501(c)3 and is part of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce’s Opportunity Fund.
In 1983, a group of civic-minded individuals gathered at the home of Gloria Sawtell to talk about developing a leadership program for Santa Fe. Gloria was an active volunteer and community leader in Santa Fe. She was a founding board member of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, announced a Santa Fe Living Treasure in 1991, and contributed widely to various community efforts around the city. The group included: Mary Carole Wertheim, Bernie Beenhouwer, Marcia Canepa, and Alan Jordan. Many of you will recognize the names as individuals who continued to serve our community as city councilors, mentors and business people. The program was completely organized by volunteers who were responsible for developing each learning day focused on a particular issue. Since its inception, hundreds of graduates of Leadership Santa Fe have continued their involvement in making Santa Fe a better place for over 23 years. The program took a hiatus of several years from 2001 to 2006. It began again with the Class of 2007 under a new Board of Directors including Charlotte Pollard, Rosemary Romero, Gregg Bemis and Carl Moore.
In 2009 the program came under the auspice of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce’s non-profit wing, the Opportunities Fund. A new Governing Committee was established which included J.D. Bullington, Craig DeForest, and several alumni whose purpose was to shepherd the program, develop the curriculum and reconnect with graduates. Since then, the program has flourished, and continues to achieve its goal of enhance leadership resources for the community of Santa Fe.
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