SANTA FE — The New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) has announced the appointment of Ted Harrison as interim president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Harrison succeeds Jenny Parks who will be joining the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation as its CEO early next year.
Harrison has served on the Board of Directors of NMCF since 2010. During the past four years, Harrison has chaired the Foundation’s of the Programs and Grants Committee, as well as served as board Secretary.
“Ted’s distinguished career as a nonprofit leader, coupled with his active service and thoughtful engagement with NMCF, make him exceptionally qualified to guide the Foundation. His appointment ensures a seamless leadership transition; one that will serve our donors, grantees, and fiscally sponsored programs well,” Board Chairman Sandy Kiser said.
Harrison is the founder and president of Commonweal Conservancy, a nonprofit conservation-based community development organization based in Santa Fe. Harrison will continue to lead Commonweal concurrently with his new management responsibilities at NMCF.
At Commonweal Conservancy, Harrison has spearheaded the planning, design and implementation of a 13,000-acre landscape-scale conservation development initiative, known as the Galisteo Basin Preserve. Prior to founding Commonweal in 2003, Harrison served as the Southwest Regional Director and a Senior Vice President for The Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization. With more than 28 years of nonprofit leadership experience, Harrison has demonstrated unique entrepreneurial, organizational development and community engagement skills: professional capabilities that will inform his responsibilities at NMCF during 2015.
“New Mexico Community Foundation’s long service to the people and communities of New Mexico has helped cultivated new leadership, financial resources and service capacity in the state. At this pivotal moment in the Foundation’s 31-year history, I am honored to advance the Foundation’s work as a catalyst for community transformation – celebrating and strengthening the diverse values, traditions, beauty and dreams of New Mexico,” Harrison said.
For more than 30 years, NMCF has distinguished itself as an endowment-building and grant-making organization — serving and investing in New Mexico’s people, communities, and environment. With partners in every corner of the state, NMCF promotes philanthropy as a tool for building community assets, relationships, and self-reliance. Working with local partners and national and regional philanthropic organizations, the Foundation leverages resources to meet the social, economic and health needs of New Mexicans today with the goal of inspiring lasting change and betterment for the future.