Enhancing Public-Private Partnerships, facilitated by the Grant Planet and Santa Fe Community Foundation

This 2-hour session will be an opportunity to learn from government representatives and practitioners in the field about the specifics of various projects, such as:

  • The impetus and evolution;
  • Finding the right partners;
  • Successes – both assumed and unexpected;
  • Challenges – both assumed and unexpected;
  • And what they might do differently if they were to start today.

The session will address the strengths that various partners, from the corporate, government, and social sectors bring to the table and how we can navigate roles, responsibilities, and varying levels of capacity. Panelists will include big picture planning and strategies from each project as well as input on workflow, timelines, and task management.


Tara Gohr, President and CEO, The Grant Plant

Tara Gohr is the President/CEO of The Grant Plant, Inc., a women-owned small business that has a mission to provide superior and affordable resource development services for tax exempt organizations that enhance the quality of life in New Mexico. TGP has written proposals funding more than $140M since 2003, with an ROI of 6,500% for its services rendered. Tara graduated with honors from NMSU and has been recognized as a Woman of Influence (2017), a Top Performing CEO (2011), a Forty Under 40 Leader (2014), and is a graduate of Leadership Albuquerque (2009).

• Annmarie McLaughlin, Director of Community Programs, Santa Fe Community Foundation

Annmarie McLaughlin produces nonprofit professional development programs for the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Philanthropy HUB. Annually, the HUB produces short workshops addressing nonprofit leadership, equity, fundraising, finance, board management, and community engagement. Signature programs include the Board Orientation Program, Emerging Social Sector Leader program, Executive Director Learning Circle, and the New Mexico Women of Color Nonprofit Leadership Initiative. Annmarie currently serves as the Board Chair for the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers. She holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has worked in the New Mexico social sector since 2001. She loves living on Santa Fe’s southside where she raised two sons.



Terry Brunner, CEO, The Grants Collective

After spending more than 20 years in New Mexico public policy and community development, Terry helped found Grow New Mexico as a fiscally-sponsored project of The Grants Collective to continue his work to advance New Mexico communities. After two years, Grow and the Collective officially merged and Terry became CEO. Prior to founding Grow New Mexico, Terry spent 7 years as President Obama’s appointee to the position of USDA New Mexico State Director for Rural Development. During that time, he managed investments of more than $1 billion in housing, small business, renewable energy, and utilities in rural areas throughout New Mexico. Before his time at USDA, he served as former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman’s State Director for 7 years. Terry holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona and a M.A. In Latin American Studies with an emphasis in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico.

State Representative Javier Martínez

Javier Martínez has been a tireless advocate for New Mexico’s communities almost 20 years. His career started in 2000 as a community organizer in Albuquerque’s historic Barelas, Wells Park, and Sawmill neighborhoods. In 2001 he was hired by the Partnership for Community Action (PCA), where he developed a reputation for being highly effective as a consensus builder, a tough negotiator, and an advocate for working families. Over time, Javier’s work extended to Albuquerque’s North and South Valley, working with neighborhoods to improve public safety, public schools, and to secure public infrastructure projects. Javier graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law, becoming the first in his family to attend and graduate from college. Javier lives in Albuquerque’s near North Valley with his wife Diana, their daughter, Marisela, and son, Camilo. Aside from his role at PCA, Javier also serves his community on various non-profit boards and as a member of the NM State Legislature.

Dede Feldman, Author and Former State Senator

Dede Feldman served for 16 years in the NM Senate where she was the author of landmark campaign finance, healthcare reform, and consumer protection legislation. For over a decade, she chaired the powerful Sen. Public Affairs Committee and the Interim Health and Human Services Committee. Before coming to the legislature in 1997, she was a journalist, a teacher, and then operated a small public relations company. After leaving the legislature in 2012, she wrote Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots Suits and Citizens, which serves as a guide for advocates on how things get done– and don’t get done– in the NM Legislature. Her most recent book, Another Way Forward: Grassroots Solutions from New Mexico, spotlights over 30 non-profits, neighborhood organizations, innovative schools and social enterprises. Both books have won multiple awards. Originally from Pennsylvania, Dede has lived in the North Valley since 1976.

• Jennifer N. Romero, Santa Fe County Health Care Assistance Administrative Program Manager – Santa Fe County Connect

Jennifer Romero has been working with the Santa Fe Community since 2007 and currently serves as the Santa Fe County Health Care Assistance Administrative Program Manager working with community organizations to serve the residents of Santa Fe County. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of New Mexico and Masters of Social Work in Clinical Therapy from New Mexico Highlands University. In addition to serving on several community boards, Jennifer assists in organizing and developing many community wide initiatives. She has been instrumental in implementing and coordinating the Santa Fe County Connect program based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid model for Accountable Health Communities. Jennifer enjoys working with the community to maximize the quality of life for those who reside and visit Santa Fe.