Synthia Renee Jaramillo
Director, Economic Development
City of Albuquerque
Synthia Jaramillo is the Director of Economic Development at the City of Albuquerque. Synthia is the first woman to lead the Economic Development Department and is focused on developing the local economy by supporting small businesses and empowering the community.
Under Synthia’s leadership, companies such as Carenet, Advanced Network Management, Netflix, NBCUniversal, Jabil, and others have chosen to expand into Albuquerque. Synthia has led efforts to support small business in Albuquerque by leading the implementation of programs such as Engage, Job Training Albuquerque, Tipping Points, and the Small Business Office.
Prior to her role in the City, Synthia spent nearly two decades at the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce in various roles, with her most recent role as Chief Operating Officer. Synthia has a background in banking and is an experienced small-business owner having owned a daycare.
Synthia lends her expertise and leadership to the community by serving on many boards for business and community organizations including, on the City’s Small Business Regulatory Advisory Commission and City Alive.
Synthia was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from Rio Grande High School. She has continued in academic pursuits by attending Central New Mexico Community College, completing training at The University of Notre Dame, Medoza College, Stanford Graduate School of Business Latino Entrepreneurship Scaling Program, and Loyola Marymount University.
In her free-time, which is limited, Synthia finds joy and respite in spending time with her two daughters by cheering for her youngest daughter from the stands at the softball field and visiting with her older daughter when she isn’t off on exciting adventures.
Patricia Lee Chavez
Patricia has twenty years +of diversified experience. Since 1986, Patricia integrated her background into PLC Enterprises, a Hispanic woman owned professional service firm. She specializes in corporate & community relations, legislative & government relations, business & economic development, youth program development, special event & independent meetings management for a variety of national, regional and state clients including: National MAFO, MVD Express, Atrisco Heritage Fdnt., Albuquerque Hispano Chamber-Business Economic Opportunity Center, NM Region Dev. Corp., NM Youth Entrepreneur Network, HELP-NM, Inc., Cingular Wireless/ATT, NM Sec. of State Office, Sodexho USA, Sparx-Lorenzo Antonio Scholarship Fund, the Albuquerque Public Schools Foundation, NM ENLACE-Engaging Latino Communities in Education the NM Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the NM–Mexican Consulate Office, NM Write-Read-Succeed, the National Council of La Raza, the NTL. Association of Latino Elected Officials, Monarch Properties, Inc., Wal Mart NTL. Fdtn. & NM Districts, US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Cochiti Pueblo, the NM Gaming Control Board, the Minority Business Development Agency, US Dept. of Commerce, Albuquerque Public Schools, The NTL. Hispanic University & ASI Incorporated. Patricia has been recognized by the Minority Business Development Agency, the Small Business Administration & other community groups as an advocate for youth, minority, women and small business with national, regional & state awards.
From January, 2005 to November, 2007, Patricia was appointed by the New Mexico Secretary of State as the Director of Special Projects. She was responsible for the promotion of the Secretary’s National agenda with the National Association of Secretaries of States (NASS), & management, coordination and execution of the NASS 2006 NM National Convention.
Patricia also served in 2 separate federal appointments: The US Department of HUD, New Mexico State Office as a Community Builder where she worked with HUD staff in community planning and development, fair housing and equal opportunity, public & multifamily housing. Sandia Vista: Project FOCUS Neighborhood Network Center received HUD’s 2000 National Best Practice Award as one of her lead efforts & on her appointment to Dept. of Commerce, the 1st MOU was also nationally recognized by its 13 agencies & govt. wide to recruit/place over 200 diverse students in summer programs.
From 1987-1997, Patricia served at the University of New Mexico in executive level positions; most significant, Patricia was Statewide Executive Director of NM Mathematics, Engineering & Science Achievement, a nationally recognized pre-college program for diverse students. Prior to UNM, she held several Federal Human Resource related positions with HUD, USDA-Forest Service and the Dept. of Navy. She commits to a strong belief in “giving back” with youth, education and community related advocacy boards. Her life path is complemented with volunteer projects such as:
The National Science Foundation National Advisory Board for University Metropolitana in Puerto Rico
- South Africa Amy Biehl Foundation
- Cape Town University Young Entrepreneurs Program
- The International Assoc. of Meeting Planners Board of Directors
- Women Impacting Public Policy
- The NM Hispanic Heritage Committee-Past Co-Chair
- The NM Hispanic Women’s Council Board of Directors
- The NM National Association of Women Business Owners Board of Directors
- ABQ Reads
- CLNKids Tuesday Toddlers
- Founding Member: National Institute of Flamenco Ambassador Circle & NM Tierra Adentro Charter School for Flamenco
- Founding Member: NM Youth Entrepreneur Network
- Past appointee to the Governor’s Economic Development Partnership Board & the Governor’s Commission for Community Volunteerism (9years)
- Current Appointee: ABQ Mayor’s Advisory Board for Volunteerism
- Active with Hispano Chamber, NAWBO, St. Martin’s/HopeWorks Shelter Friday Clothing Room & PB&J infant & toddlers. As of 3/2020
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