The League of Women Voters invites the community to its monthly Lunch with a Leader meeting at 11:45 a.m., Jan. 19 at Mesa Public Library.
LANL Foundation CEO Jenny Parks will speak to the group about “What is the deal with education in New Mexico? Why our public schools aren’t doing better.”
Parks is a graduate of the University of Texas and UT Law School and has worked as an attorney in real estate.
Parks joined the LANL Foundation in January 2015 and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization’s work. The LANL Foundation supports education in Northern NM by nurturing learning and human potential.
The Foundation’s First Born Project is a prenatal-to-three year old home personal visitation program with materials to help first time families and currently serves 15 out of 34 counties in New Mexico.
The Foundation also oversees the Inquiry Science Education Consortium and the Los Alamos employees’ Scholarship Fund that has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships.
Prior to leading the LANL Foundation, Parks served for five years as president and CEO of the New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF), supporting underserved communities, strengthening nonprofits and growing philanthropy throughout the state, with a special emphasis on rural and tribal communities.
In 2012, under her leadership, NMCF launched NewMexicoWomen.Org, a fund and initiative with a purpose to provide leadership, education and investment in organizations helping to advance opportunities for women and girls in New Mexico.
Parks also served as project manager for the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national land conservation non-profit. Starting in 1999, she worked in Utah, Arizona, Texas, Colorado and New Mexico leading and completing more than 30 community driven conservation projects before becoming New Mexico State director in July 2005.
Attendees at Parks Jan. 19 talk may order a $10 lunch from the Co-op Market by calling Karyl Ann Armbruster at 505.231.8286 or emailing her at email@example.com.
You do not have to order a lunch to attend. If you do want to order, please do so by Friday, Jan. 15.