ACI’s staff has over a decade and a half of experience working with and in New Mexico government, giving us the expertise and influence we need to effect positive change in our state policies.
Jason A. Espinoza
An Albuquerque native, Jason has nearly a decade of experience in government affairs, coalition building, and lobbying the New Mexico State Legislature. Previously, he served as ACI's vice president for government affairs, a role in which he advocated for pro-business priorities at the New Mexico legislature. Under his leadership as vice president, ACI moved to a more proactive approach in drafting and supporting pro-business legislation, which in 2015 resulted in the passage of a bill to create independent hearing officers--something that had been a priority of the New Mexico business community for more than a decade. During Jason's tenure at ACI he has helped to block more than 80 anti-business proposals, including over $152 million in tax increases for New Mexico companies, while helping to navigate more than a dozen pro-business proposals through the legislature to become law.
Mr. Espinoza is a member of the New Mexico Legislative Jobs Council, the New Mexico Business Water Task Force, the Governor’s Procurement Reform Task Force Law & Rules Subcommittee, the New Mexico Health Workforce Task Force, and the Business Advisory Group to New Mexico’s One-Stop Business Portal project.
Eric J. Layer
Vice President, Communications and Member Relations
Eric’s years of work in policy messaging and communication include experience on Capitol Hill, the White House, and throughout New Mexico. At ACI, Eric puts those skills to use on behalf of ACI’s members, publicly advocating for key pro-business policies and articulating their impact on New Mexico’s economy and job growth. In addition, Eric handles federal policy issues with ACI’s Federal Committee. A lifelong New Mexican, Eric holds a BBA in Economics from New Mexico State University and a Master's in Politics, Economics, and Philosophy from England's University of York, where he studied as a Truman Scholar. Eric is also active in the community as a member and volunteer at Desert Springs Church, a member of the Rotary Club of Albuquerque, a member of New Mexico State University's Business Advisory council, and a board member of the Rock at Noonday, a local homeless ministry.
Julie L. Gutierrez
Director of Operations and Member Relations
Julie is responsible for all ACI administrative operations, membership development & retention, human resources, events management, finances, and communications. She has been with ACI for over four years and has formed invaluable relationships with ACI’s members. Originally from Magdalena, NM, Julie was raised on a cow-calf ranch. Julie has strong entrepreneurial skills which includes a background in sales, construction project management, purchasing, customer service and accounting. In addition, Ms. Gutierrez holds a New Mexico Real Estate License.
Bailey N. Griffith
Director of Public Policy
Bailey joins ACI’s staff after nearly two years in the office of Governor Susana Martinez. Most recently, Griffith served as the state’s exempt employees human resources director. She previously served as a boards and commissions research analyst and administrative assistant in the Governor’s Office. Griffith is involved with the Junior League of Albuquerque and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Albuquerque Alumnae Association. A graduate of Belen High School, Griffith holds a B.A. in strategic communication and a minor in professional writing from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.