ALBUQUERQUE ― The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) has announced the appointment of Jason Espinoza as its new president.
As ACI’s former vice president for government affairs, Espinoza has served as the organization’s chief lobbyist for the past year, and brings extensive policy and lobbying experience in New Mexico to his new role as president of ACI.
ACI Board Chair Dan Girand applauded the decision. “ACI’s Executive Committee has the utmost confidence in Jason’s ability to lead New Mexico’s business community forward. Under his leadership as vice president, ACI helped to block 87 anti-business bills during the legislative session, moved 16 pro-business bills through to become law, and helped saved New Mexico businesses over $152 million in blocked tax increases. I am certain that ACI will only build on this impressive record with Jason at the helm.”
ACI’s incoming Board Chair Doug Cox agreed. “ACI is first and foremost a policy organization—we advocate for our members and help to shape the policies that impact New Mexico business,” said Cox. “Jason is a perfect fit to lead ACI, as he has already been responsible for the weight of ACI’s policy work and has done an outstanding job advocating for ACI member businesses at the legislature.”
Espinoza emphasized his focus on leading ACI forward while building on past successes. “ACI is unique in our ability to bring together a diverse group—different political parties, industries, sectors, regions, and backgrounds—for a common purpose. We will build on that momentum by providing a voice for all New Mexico businesses and the employees who rely on them. New Mexicans are ready for change, and ACI is positioned to meet that need with thoughtful, commonsense policy solutions to transform our economy and create opportunities.”
Outgoing ACI President and CEO Dr. Beverlee McClure leaves ACI this month to serve as president of Adams State University. McClure has held the post since 2007.
ACI is New Mexico’s statewide business advocate and chamber of commerce, representing hundreds of businesses and tens of thousands of employees from all industry sectors and regions of New Mexico. The organization develops positions through member-led committees, and advocates for pro-business, pro-growth policies for a stronger economy and better opportunities for New Mexicans.