ACI’s staff has exceptional 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.
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.
Director of Communications and Marketing
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A fourth-generation New Mexican, Grant Taylor grew up in Artesia, where his large family has worked in farming and the oil fields of southeastern New Mexico since the early 1920s.
Grant came to ACI from the Hobbs Chamber of Commerce in Hobbs, N.M., where he had a distinguished five-year tenure. He is the 2016 recipient of the Ethical Young Leadership Award, a category of the New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards, presented by the Samaritan Counseling Center of Albuquerque. He was recognized in 2015 by the business-news outlet Albuquerque Business First as one of New Mexico's Top CEOs and in 2014 as one of New Mexico's top young professionals in its 40 Under Forty list.
Grant and his wife, Megan, have two children -- Liam, 8, and Mabel, 2.
Nicole Lucero is an Albuquerque native who graduated from Volcano Vista High School in 2012. She is completing her last semester at the University of New Mexico where she is double majoring in political science and history. While she has a love for history and has found a passion for politics in college, Lucero gained more knowledge in the field by interning on the Susana Martinez for Governor 2014 campaign. She is actively involved in Kappa Kappa Gamma and recently held the position of Education Chairman. After graduation, Nicole plans to attend law school and pursue a career in corporate law and later in life become an educator at the collegiate level.