RIO RANCHO, N.M. — A community development specialist with the New Mexico Economic Development Department is tapped to become the new Sandoval Economic Alliance leaders.
SEA announced Tuesday that Fred Shepherd had accepted the position of president and CEO. Shepherd is scheduled to join SEA’s staff officially Dec. 16.
“I am honored to be chosen to lead the Sandoval Economic Alliance team. SEA has made excellent strides in their mission to grow Rio Rancho and Sandoval County, and I am fully prepared to help them realize their potential,” he said.
Shepherd has over a decade of economic development experience with four of those years at the state.
Prior to his employment with NMEDD, he worked for Mesilla Valley Economic Development in Las Cruces as the business development director. He relocated to Sandoval County in 2015 upon joining NMEDD’s Community, Business and Rural Development Team, where he has served as a liaison between the state and SEA.
“We are enthusiastic to welcome Fred to the SEA team,” said SEA Board chairwoman Becky Teague. “His experience, skills and existing relationships in the region will significantly contribute to the success of the organization and community. We are eager to see where he takes the organization in collaboration with Rio Rancho and Sandoval County.”
Shepherd’s primary focuses will be executing the County Wide Action Strategy, further building SEA’s projects pipeline with companies who fall into the local target clusters and elevating the existing the business retention and expansion CORE Program.