Mayor Richard J. Berry and First Lady Maria Berry
Mayor Richard J. Berry and First Lady Maria Berry have been married for 25 years and have worked together to build a successful business, raise their son and give back to New Mexico. The couple met while both attending the University of New Mexico (UNM) Anderson School. Mrs. Berry was honored as an Anderson School Young Alumni in 2004 and Mayor Berry was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2013.
After graduation from UNM, Mayor Berry started his first business and has been an entrepreneur ever since. Maria founded Cumbre Construction in 1996. Richard soon joined her, and their family business has enjoyed success in both the public and private sectors. Maria was honored as a "Top 25 Woman Owned Business" for five consecutive years and grew the business to be one of the top 500 Hispanic-owned businesses in the country. Throughout their years of success, the Berrys have always given back to the community. This includes raising over $1 million through the Mayor & First Lady’s Charity Gala, helping dozens of local nonprofits and more than 100,000 local residents.
Mayor Berry was sworn into office on December 1, 2009. Prior to serving as Albuquerque's mayor, he was twice elected to the New Mexico Legislature. While in office, he has worked successfully to drop crime rates in Albuquerque to some of the lowest levels in 20 years and has brought the city to the national forefront for transparency and accountability. On October 8, 2013, he was reelected for a second term with an historic 68 percent of the vote. As mayor, his passions include housing the homeless, keeping Albuquerque safe, promoting better government, conserving our natural resources and putting Albuquerque on the map as a premier location for entrepreneurs. He is on the leadership team with the US Conference of Mayors and is the national chairman for Community Leaders of America.
John P. Salazar, Esq.
John P. Salazar, Esq. has worked at Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A. for more than 45 years. His professional experience and current practice primarily relates to real estate transactions and real estate related matters, including land use and real estate development. Mr. Salazar is a member of several national and community Bar Associations. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas and the Inter-American Foundation. He has held numerous board positions with various community organizations, including the Albuquerque Community Foundation, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Albuquerque Economic Forum, University of New Mexico Alumni Association, Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Greater Belen Economic Development Corporation, and University of New Mexico. Mr. Salazar has received several prestigious awards, including the Justice Pamela Minzner Professionalism Award and, most recently, was selected as 2014 Business Lawyer of the Year by the Business Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar Association.
Dr. Peter Winograd and Dr. Kathie Winograd
Dr. Peter Winograd serves as professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He established the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at UNM in 2011. Dr. Winograd has been deeply involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of many statewide major education reform initiatives. Since coming to New Mexico in 1996, Dr. Winograd has obtained and directed more than $20 million in grants aimed at improving student success; teacher and principal quality; and using data to inform policy. Dr. Winograd has served on a number of councils and boards, including the Public School Capital Outlay Council and the Board of Directors for New Mexico First. Dr. Winograd has published more than 60 books, book chapters and refereed articles dealing with literacy, assessment, and education reform.
Dr. Katharine W. Winograd became the first female president of Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) on July 1, 2007. Dr. Winograd served CNM as vice president for planning and budget prior to being named president. She has been with the college since 1996 and has worked in higher education for almost 40 years. Under President Winograd’s leadership, CNM won the national "Student Success Award" from the American Association of Community Colleges in April 2013. She was also named "Western Region CEO of the Year" by the Association of Community College Trustees in August 2013. Dr. Winograd serves on several community boards, including as co-chair of “Mission: Graduate” — a partnership between CNM, the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque Public Schools, Rio Rancho Public Schools, United Way of Central New Mexico and other community leaders to generate an additional 60,000 associate, bachelors and graduate degrees in central New Mexico by 2020. Dr. Winograd also serves on the board of Presbyterian Healthcare Services.