Governor Appoints Five To State Finance Authority

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham


SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed five new members today to the New Mexico Finance Authority.

The governor appointed Katherine Miller, Leslie Nathanson Juris, David Martinez, Martin Suazo and Andrew Burke. The governor appointed Miller as chairwoman.

Other members of the authority are the secretaries of Finance and Administration; Economic Development; Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources; Environment; the executive director of the Municipal League; and the executive director of the New Mexico Association of Counties.

Katherine Miller: is county manager of Santa Fe County. She previously served on the finance authority from 2006 to 2010 and was the authority’s executive director from 2004 to 2006. She  also was the state Secretary of Finance and Administration from 2006 to 2010. 

Leslie Nathanson Juris: is president of a Santa Fe-based consulting firm and was a founding managing director of another consulting group based in Chicago. She was formerly board director of Los Alamos National Bank and has taught at the business schools of various higher-education institutions, including Northwestern and Smith.

David Martinez: has served in various roles at the Pueblo of Laguna, most recently as tribal treasurer, supervising the pueblo’s financial affairs. He has previously served as 1st lieutenant governor. He also has worked in revenue management and business development for Heritage Hotels and other leading hospitality companies.

Martin Suazo: is the owner of Eagle Stove Co., based in Las Vegas, N.M. He is also a longtime board member of the New Mexico Sentencing Commission and developer and partner with the Tishman Group; he has been chair of the New Mexico Land Trust Advisory Board and was formerly a mental health counselor.

Andrew Burke: is the senior vice president for administration and finance at New Mexico State University, where he is also a board member for the Arrowhead Center and Aggie Development Inc. He was formerly vice president of business and finance at Doña Ana Community College and served briefly as interim campus president. Burke is the higher education chief financial officer appointment to the board.