The Daniels Fund announced Governor Susana Martinez has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Daniels Fund.
Now valued at approximately $1.7 billion, the Daniels Fund is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative. The Daniels Fund continues the legacy of generosity established by its founder, Bill Daniels, a cable television pioneer known for his compassion for those in need and his unwavering commitment to ethics and integrity. Since its inception, it has funded grants and scholarships totaling nearly $1 billion.
“I look forward to the tremendous value and experience Governor Martinez will bring to our board,” said John Suthers, Chair of the Daniels Fund Board of Directors. “Her deep knowledge and connection to the state of New Mexico is unparalleled.”
Martinez was elected governor of New Mexico in 2010 and re-elected by a wide margin to serve a second term in 2014. She became New Mexico’s first female governor and the first Hispanic female governor in the history of the United States. 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.
“Bill Daniels continues to impact the lives of so many people through his foundation,” said Governor Martinez. “I am truly honored to serve on the board and be a part of furthering his legacy.”
Prior to being elected governor, Martinez was a prosecutor for 25 years along New Mexico’s southern border and served as Doña Ana County’s elected district attorney for over half that time.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Law, where she was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. Governor Martinez has been named to Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Governor Martinez currently serves as a Board Member for the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), and also serves as an Advisory Board Member for the HuntKean Leadership Fellows program of the Hunt Institute and the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation.