ACI’s staff has over two decades 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.
Dr. Beverlee J. McClure
President and CEO
Dr. McClure’s years of experience in New Mexico government, policy, and leadership help her effectively advocate as the voice of New Mexico business at ACI. Previously, Dr. McClure served as New Mexico’s first cabinet secretary of higher education, and the president of Clovis Community College. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Texas, Austin. In addition to her work at ACI, Dr. McClure is the Chair of the board for YES! Housing and the Treasurer of the New Mexico Community Capital Board. She serves on the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership Advisory Council, the Rio Grande Water Fund Advisory Board, and the Unidos Council. She is a member of the New Mexico Women’s Forum and the New Mexico Amigos.
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 articulating and advocating for key pro-business policies and explaining 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 an MA in Politics, Economics, and Philosophy from the University of York, where he studied as a Truman Scholar.
Vice President, Government Affairs
An Albuquerque native, Jason has more than half a decade of experience in government affairs, coalition building, and lobbying the New Mexico State Legislature. Prior to joining The Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico, Jason served as Field Director for a statewide think tank. He has worked on several successful legislative initiatives to enhance the business climate in New Mexico including increasing the qualifications for Public Regulation Commissioners, establishing an independent Office of the Superintendent of Insurance, reducing unnecessary regulations on the motor transportation industry, and creating a one-stop online portal for all business filings.
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 the Association of Commerce and Industry for over 3 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.