For Immediate Release
Date: June 16, 2016
Contact: Robert Valdez, Chairman of the New Mexico Community Foundation Board
Rev. Fr. Rusty Smith Chosen to Lead the New Mexico Community Foundation
Santa Fe, NM – The New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) announced the appointment of Rev. Fr. Rusty Smith as President and CEO, effective July 27, 2016. Smith succeeds Ted Harrison who has served as interim President and CEO for the foundation since December 2014.
During the past six years, Smith has served as Executive Director of St. Martin’s Hospitality Center in Albuquerque, NM. Smith’s selection follows a four-month national search and recruitment effort facilitated by NMCF’s leadership and board.
“Rusty’s long and distinguished career as a nonprofit leader – coupled with his deep knowledge and commitment to issues of social and economic justice – make him exceptionally well qualified to lead the foundation in the years ahead. His appointment ensures a seamless organizational transition; one that has inspired confidence and excitement among the staff and board,” said Board Chairman, Dr. Robert Valdez.
For the past six years, Smith has managed a complex portfolio of programs and initiatives in service to Albuquerque’s homeless community. During his tenure at St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, Smith transformed that organization from a narrowly-focused, financially fragile institution to one that is widely regarded as among the most vital, creative and impactful social welfare-serving organizations in the state.
With more than 30 years of nonprofit leadership experience, Smith has demonstrated unique entrepreneurial, organizational development and financial management skills: professional capabilities that will guide his work and create new opportunities for NMCF and New Mexico in the years ahead.