The Local Government Leadership Program seeks to prepare local officials with the background and knowledge necessary to undertake their civic responsibility and instill in them a passion for effective and ethical public service.


The Local Government Leadership Program is an educational partnership between the New Mexico Association of Counties, the New Mexico Municipal League, the New Mexico School Boards Association and Leadership New Mexico. These organizations have joined together to provide a unique educational experience to local civic leaders. The goal of the program is to develop and enhance leadership capacities of local officials while fostering a higher level of civic and community concern and participation. The program consists of two 2-1/2 day program sessions. The curriculum is patterned after the Leadership New Mexico Core Program and is designed to offer municipal and county officials, school board members, members of the National Guard, and regional councils of governments the opportunity to explore the critical issues facing New Mexico and participate in skill-building workshops. Topics for the program include:

  • History and Demographics of New Mexico
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Health and Human Services
  • Crime and Justice
  • Personal Leadership Skill Building Workshops

Each session features speakers who are acknowledged leaders in their specific fields, and participants have the opportunity to engage in discussion with them. The program offers the opportunity for inquiry, analysis and the development of solutions to the most pressing issues facing our communities and state. Participants must be willing to commit the necessary time needed to complete the Local Government Leadership Program. Attendance at both sessions is required to complete the Local Government Leadership Program and receive the elective credits for the New Mexico Municipal League Leadership Certificate of the Municipal Officials Leadership Institute (MOLI), the New Mexico Association of Counties NM EDGE and County College, or 3 credit hours in “Boardsmanship” toward the mandated school board training through the New Mexico School Boards Association.

For more information about receiving NM EDGE units toward certification, visit the NM Edge website call 575-646-5424.

For more information about receiving MOLI credit toward certification, visit the MOLI Program website or call 800-432-2036. For more information about receiving “Boardsmanship” credit hours, call the New Mexico School Boards Association at 505-983-5041.

The Local Government Leadership Program is open to all municipal and county officials, school boards members, members of the New Mexico National Guard, and regional councils of governments. The class will be selected so that it represents the various geographic regions of the state. Special consideration will be given to ensure diversity of gender, race, geography and sector.

Tuition for the Local Government Leadership Program is $500 and covers all program costs, transportation during sessions and meals. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to program session locations and hotel accommodations. A limited number of scholarships are available for those requiring financial assistance. A request for scholarship assistance does not affect selection into the program.

2016-2017
Local Government Leadership Program Session Dates

February 23-25, 2017
Thursday 8:00 a.m. through Saturday 12:00 p.m.
Santa Fe
April 5-7, 2017
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. through Friday 9:00 p.m.
Albuquerque

2017-2018
Local Government Leadership Program Session Dates

February 22 – 24, 2018
Thursday 8:00 a.m. through Saturday 12:00 p.m.
Santa Fe
April 4 – 6, 2018
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. through Friday 9:00 p.m.
Albuquerque

To nominate someone from your community or company for the Local Government Leadership Program, contact Leadership New Mexico at 505-398-1500.

If you would like to apply, please download an application and send it to leader@leadershipnm.org.

Please click here to download an application.