A vital part of the New Mexico Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission’s purpose and vision is to bring Dr. King’s message of nonviolent social action to all citizens of New Mexico. To accomplish this, the Commission must work with state government, nonprofit organizations, civic and community organizations to provide the necessary program and financial support, within the limits and guidelines of the New Mexico State Statutes.  

Executive Director,
Leonard  R. Waites
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Leonard Waites has over 30 years as a Manufacturing Manager at Intel and General Electric. He is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He is a native of Albuquerque and is a graduate of Manzano high school. A member of the RRNAACP. He served on the Police Oversight Task Force in 2014- 2017. Now serving as Chairman of the Police Oversight Board. A member of Gods House Church. Married 35 yrs. to Denise. Has 3 Children and 4 grand kids.

Associate Director,
Diane Mourning Brown
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It is with great pleasure that we introduce our new Associate Director, Diane Mourning Brown. Diane returns to the Albuquerque workforce as a successful resource development professional. Having worked in the nonprofit sector for 25 years, she specializes in corporate and individual giving, capital campaign planning, proposal writing, sponsorships and event planning. Mourning Brown served as executive director of resource development at the Community College of Denver where she forged many community collaborations, including a multi-million dollar U.S. Department of Transportation grant. She was formerly executive director of the Five Point Media Center and the YWCA of Albuquerque. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Phoenix. We look forward to Diane’s contributions to this organization and we are pleased to welcome Diane Mourning Brown to the NM MLK State Commission.