NMMS 2023 Certified Executive Directors, from left, Nolan Ojeda (Alamogordo), Jacquelyn Connolly (Los Alamos), Ilka Villarreal (Mora), Eyenid Manzo (Carlsbad), Morgan Fox (Artesia) and Daniel Gutierrez (NMMS). Courtesy/EDD
CARLSBAD — New Mexico MainStreet (NMMS) announced Wednesday seven MainStreet leaders have earned Executive Director Certification, marking the completion of a comprehensive training and skills development process. Certification is granted to affiliated NMMS leaders who successfully complete training on the Main Street Approach™, fundraising and grant writing.
Training is led by NMMS Revitalization Specialists and covers topics such as nonprofit management, volunteer & small business development, the creative economy, property redevelopment, historic preservation, placemaking, event management, promotion and branding.
“By completing New Mexico MainStreet’s Certification program, MainStreet leaders solidify their role as community economic developers because the program prepares them to lead their district’s revitalization efforts. I applaud the 2023 cohort of Certified Executive Directors and the Fundraising and Grant Writing graduates for committing to their professional development and their community’s revitalization goals,” NMMS Director Daniel J. Gutierrez said.
NMMS’s 2023 Certified Executive Directors include:
- Jacquelyn Connolly, Los Alamos MainStreet and Creative District’s Executive Director;
- Danielle Schlobohm, ABQ MainStreet Arts & Cultural District’s Director;
- Nolan Ojeda, Alamogordo MainStreet’s Executive Director;
- Morgan Fox, Artesia MainStreet’s Executive Director;
- Eyenid Manzo, Carlsbad MainStreet’s Assistant Director;
- Ilka Villarreal, Mora MainStreet Arts & Cultural Compound’s Executive Director; and
- Barbara Gomez, MainStreet Roswell’s Executive Director.
Certificates were awarded at NMMS’s Summer Institute in Carlsbad MainStreet. Additionally, NMMS presented certificates to sixteen leaders for completing fundraising and grant writing trainings.
“We’re excited to recognize more than a dozen local MainStreet leaders from around the state in the latest cohort of our grant writing and fundraising trainings, including seven who have completed all requirements needed for Certified Executive Director endorsement. The passion and commitment exhibited by all, combined with the education and skills they’ve received will strengthen economic development revitalization efforts in 11 New Mexico communities. Congratulations to all!” said NMMS Organizational Development Revitalization Specialist Eduardo Martinez.
The benefits of achieving Certification include recognition at a MainStreet leadership network meeting, professional development, building transferable skills, and educational scholarship opportunities when available.
Main Street America’s Main Street Approach™ is a time-tested framework used for community-driven revitalization. The Approach™ incorporates the four broad areas of Economic Vitality, Design, Organization and Promotion (known as the Four Points) to implement Transformation Strategies.