Chambers Lecture Series
The Chambers Lecture Series was established through the generosity of Norman C. Chambers MBA’82 and Monever Chambers. From all walks of life, speakers offer an inside look at how to remain ethical and driven in a modern society even in the face of adversity and obstacles. Prominent Chambers guests have included Col. Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot and command an American spacecraft; Tom Brokaw, American Television Journalist; author of Orange Is the New Black, Piper Kerman; and Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant.
Gov. Susana Martinez
Governor, New Mexico (2011-2019)
Bridging the Political Divide
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
6:00PM | Via Zoom | Registration is required.
A link to attend will be emailed to you after registration.
In 2010, Susana Martinez was elected governor of the State of New Mexico. She became New Mexico’s first female governor and the first Hispanic female governor in the history of the United States. Prior to being elected governor, Martinez was a prosecutor for 25 years along the nation’s southern border and served as Doña Ana County’s elected district attorney for over half that time. Martinez became her county’s top criminal prosecutor, where she specialized throughout her career in child abuse and sexual abuse cases.
A hard-charging education reformer and budget hawk, Martinez is an optimistic conservative leader who worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to put the state’s fiscal house in order, raise academic standards and graduation rates, and usher in a true economic turnaround in New Mexico. As governor, she prioritized keeping New Mexico’s communities safe, ensuring all students receive a high-quality education, and diversifying and growing the state’s economy.
She has been named to Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People in the World and served as a Chairman and long-time executive committee member of the Republican Governors Association (RGA). During her chairmanship, she broke RGA fundraising records and, at the conclusion of her term, Republicans held the greatest number of gubernatorial offices in U.S. history.
Governor Martinez comes from a hard-working, middle class family. Her father, a long-time boxer and descendant of Mexican revolutionary Toribio Ortega, started a security guard business with her mother, who did the paperwork for the business at their kitchen table. Martinez worked as a security guard in the family business while attending college. She was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and has made Las Cruces, New Mexico her home since the 1980s. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and later earned her law degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Law, where she was elected into the school’s Hall of Fame.