The co-founder of the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce was named its new CEO on Wednesday, the association announced.
Laura E. Sanchez, an attorney at the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, helped launch the chamber in 2010. Sanchez replaces outgoing CEO Allan Oliver, who announced in March he would be stepping down after serving as the first CEO.
"Laura Sanchez will be a great asset to the N.M. Green Chamber and we are confident she will hit the ground running," Lawrence Rael, president of the Green Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. "Her knowledge and understanding of the issues important to our business community will ensure our continued success well into the future."
The N.M. Green Chamber of Commerce is a nonpartisan association with more than 1,100 business members dedicated to advocating on behalf of clean energy, and supports businesses that protect air, land and water.
Prior to working for the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, Sanchez served for five years as an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. She has also served on the board of directors for the N.M. Renewable Energy Transmission Authority.
Sanchez also has experience in New Mexico politics, clean energy and local business.
"The New Mexico Green Chamber will continue to play a key role for emerging businesses in our state as we transition through this recession into a new economy," Sanchez said in a statement. "I am thrilled to help lead our members through this momentous effort."
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