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Terri L. Cole
President & CEO
Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce
As President & CEO of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, a privately funded membership organization of more than 4,827 members, Ms. Cole understands what is important to the small business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs in New Mexico. She is the face of the business community in Albuquerque and a leader among business executives statewide. Recognized nationally for her leadership and business acumen, Ms. Cole became President & CEO of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce in 1983 after joining its staff in 1978. In 1985, she graduated from the Institute of Organization Management at San Jose State University and in 1988 she became one of only 250 Certified Chamber Executives in the nation. Under her presidency, the Chamber has grown to be the largest business organization in New Mexico and is regarded nationally as a model for chambers of commerce.
Terri Cole has served as a member of the UNM STC Board of Directors since 2004 and as the Board’s Vice Chair since 2009. For STC and UNM, she is a valuable ambassador between the worlds of business and academia, helping us to understand the business community’s issues and goals so that we can work together to expand local and state economies. For her members, she helps them understand that the University and STC are a vital source for new high-tech companies and high-paying jobs and are the primary drivers in the emerging innovation economy. Ms. Cole is also a member of the Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG). EDAG was created by the STC Board at the behest of UNM President Frank and is comprised of members from the UNM and business community who have an interest in increasing the economic impact of UNM on the New Mexico economy. EDAG is already working on a plan for UNM and STC’s role in developing the state economy.
In 1991 she served as Chair of the Stanford University Institute of Organization Management and in 1995, was the first female chairperson of the American Chamber of Commerce Executive Association. During former Governor Richardson’s administration, she served as the Chair of the New Mexico Workforce Development Board. Ms. Cole was also a board member for the Foundation for Open Government (FOG) for twelve years, including a term as president (2012-2013). Mayor Richard Berry appointed Ms. Cole to his Economic Development Advisory Council. She has served two terms as President of the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce Executives Association, her first term served in 1987-1988. Nationally, she was appointed some years ago to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 and serves as an advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association as a former Chairman. Ms. Cole was named one of the 10 most influential business people in the state by the New Mexico Business Journal and received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom award.