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New Mexico Nonprofit Consultants Directory - New Mexico First

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About Us
New Mexico First is a public policy organization that engages people in important issues facing their state or community. We offer unique town halls and forums that create concrete, actionable recommendations for policymakers and the public. We also produce a wide range of policy reports on issues such as water, education, healthcare, the economy, and energy. Our research and facilitation services are available to public and private entities.

Our Mission:
To be a catalyst for positive change by engaging citizens in policy and enabling action.

Our Core Values:

Meaningfully engaging New Mexicans in public policy
Striving for and respecting consensus
Pursing and respecting diverse points of views
Ensuring inclusion and transparency
Rising above partisan politics
Changing policy to improve peoples’ lives
Creating an informed citizenry that is powerfully motivated
Reaching out statewide including rural communities
Partnering with others
Promoting civility
Democracy at its best
Training and/or Facilitation
Our services include:
• Statewide town halls
• Research and event facilitation
• Action planning
• Facilitation training
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How We Work
Research and event facilitation
New Mexico First develops customized events and research papers for communities, government agencies, universities, nonprofits and businesses. The timeline for planning an event is determined by the length and type of event. We also offer post-event support to help the client establish and manage an implementation or action team to advance recommendations from the event.

Action planning
For groups that are ready for action, New Mexico First manages implementation teams, strategic planning sessions, working groups, or task forces. Often, these projects require our support for extended periods of time, generally 4-12 months.

Facilitation training
New Mexico First leadership training provides a well-defined, step-by-step approach to help people learn to run productive meetings. Our leadership training workshop introduces participants to the processes that optimize group participation and effectiveness. Training covers event design, issue framing, discussion facilitation, consensus-building, and recording consensus statements and recommendations. While New Mexico First generally offers an open enrollment workshop per year, this two-day workshop can also be customized to meet the needs of a specific group.

Statewide town halls
New Mexico First generally convenes one statewide town hall every year. This town hall focuses on a topic that has statewide interest, priority, and potential impact. For this topic, we conduct extensive research, convene a series of citizen dialogues around the state, and develop a layperson’s background report as preparation for participation in the town hall. Then, people engage in a three-day deliberative town hall that produces concrete, actionable recommendations for the legislature and other policymakers.
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Our Portfolio
Some of our recent projects include:
• New Mexico First Facilitation for Success Workshop, April 2013, Albuquerque
• First Forum, A Policy Tribute to U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman and 2013 Spirit of Bipartisanship Awards, June 2013, Albuquerque
• Early Childhood Development Community Meetings Statewide, October 2011-January 2012 in Taos, Farmington, Las Cruces and Clovis
• Arizona Water Settlement Act Town Hall, February 2012, Silver City
• Presbyterian Community Health Forums, February-April, 2012, Española, Clovis, Tucumcari, Ruidoso, Rio Rancho, Urban Albuquerque and Los Lunas
• Town Hall 39: New Mexico Centennial, March 2012, Albuquerque
• Town Hall on Fire and Water, June 2012, Albuquerque
• Statewide Broadband Summit, August 2012, Albuquerque
• Early Childhood Development Community Meeting, September 2012, Santa FE
• African American Summit, September 2012, Albuquerque
• New Century Economy Summit, October 2012, Albuquerque
• STEM Action Planning Summit, November 2012, Santa Fe
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Inclusion in this directory does not represent an endorsement by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, United Way of Central New Mexico. The consultants listed are responsible for their own listings. We strongly advise you to perform due diligence before hiring a consultant, including checking references.

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