Former Land Commissioner Ray Powell will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends at 11:30 a.m. on March 12 at the Golden Corral (5207 San Mateo NE) on issues involving the New Mexico Land Office. As a former land commissioner Powell brings a unique perspective on the part the NM Land Office plays in the lives of New Mexicans.
Powell served as the elected State Land Commissioner for three terms from 1993-2002 and from 2011-2014. He was the president and vice-president of the 22-member Western States Land Commissioners Association from 1996-1998. He worked closely with federal cabinet members, governors, members of Congress, and tribal leaders to improve public policy on trust lands nationwide.
A veterinarian by profession, Powell served two terms as a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Committee on Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases. In this capacity he gained significant expertise in understanding the impacts of disease and other pathogens on our human and domestic and wild animal populations. He served as a member of the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Regulation and Licensing from 2002 – 2010. He was the chairman of the Board for much of his tenure. He worked tirelessly to enhance the humane treatment of animals.
Powell is a native of Albuquerque and attended Albuquerque Public Schools. Powell is married to Jean Civikly-Powell, a professor emerita of Communication at the University of New Mexico.
Please join Press Women and Friends as we learn about issues facing the next NM Land Commissioner. Reservations are not required and individuals are responsible for their own meals. Non-members will be charged an additional $5.