Liddie Martinez Is Guest Speaker For Tuesday’s LWV Lunch With A Leader


Liddie Martinez is the guest speaker for League of Women Voters virtual Lunch with a Leader event at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. (See link below to join Zoom meeting).

Liddie Martinez was born and raised in Española and currently works for Enterprise Bank & Trust as President of the Los Alamos Region and Director of Community Engagement.  She is a member of the New Mexico Senior Management Team responsible for growth and development of the New Mexico Markets.  Prior to joining the bank, she worked for SOC Los Alamos, the security subcontractor to Los Alamos National Laboratory as the Director of Community & Economic Development and Government Relations.  For near 20 years Liddie led the philanthropic programming and investment in the areas of education, economic development and wide-spread support of the regional non-profit organizations that supported the social fabric of many rural communities across the seven northern counties of New Mexico.

Liddie believes in service to others and being part of the strategic teams that build solutions to enhance the lives of New Mexicans. She was recently appointed by Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham to serve on the New Mexico Economic Recovery Council where her duties include advising her on strategies for gradually reopening New Mexico businesses in a smart, safe and effective manner and helping New Mexico’s economy to grow and thrive as it emerges from the current public health emergency. Liddie currently serves on the following boards: Think New Mexico, Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and the United Way of Northern New Mexico. Serving on numerous local, regional, state, corporate and international boards over the last two decades, she promoted diversity, economic development, leadership development for underrepresented groups and historic and cultural preservation.

She testified before congress in 1998 to secure federal funding for the feasibility study and eventual development and establishment of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail, a ten year project she worked on serving as President of the Board for all ten years.  The near 1600 mile trail, which was the first international trail ever established, required coordination and collaboration between the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and El Instituto Nacional de Antropologia y Historia in Mexico linking 55 historic sites across two nations to establish programming and interpretation.  The trail was added as to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005.

In addition to everything else, she  is also a freelance writer and has a monthly food column in the Los Alamos Daily Post where she shares traditional Northern New Mexican recipes with her readers.  Passionate about cultural preservation, Liddie embarked on a cookbook project that was completed in September 2019 documenting historic Northern New Mexican recipes that have been passed down orally in her family, generation to generation, over the last four centuries.  Her cookbook, The Chile Line: Historic Northern New Mexican Recipes, was released last November. Her book won the Nation Eric Hoffer Book Award, the New Mexico-Arizona Book Association Award and the Southwest Book Design and Production Award. The Chile Line cookbook is available through Pajarito Press.  

Liddie lives with her husband, Rick in the Española Valley on their family farm.

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