President & CEO
Jen has a Master’s of Business Administration and over 15 years of work experience ranging from entrepreneurship, associations to corporate marketing and communications. In March 2013, Jen relocated to Albuquerque, NM with her husband, who is a native New Mexican. She quickly found a role with the New Mexico Tourism Department and was asked most recently to support the tourism industry as the President & CEO of the New Mexico Hospitality Association.
Prior to moving, Jen was the Director of Communications for the Fresno Business Council (a membership based association representing the largest businesses and nonprofits in the region). Her work was sharply focused on economic development strategies and building coalitions locally and throughout the state. Here she was part of the leadership council for the regional economic summit and served on California Forward’s economic summit communication committee. Jen was also appointed to the California Stewardship Network (a statewide economic and prosperity think tank).
Jen resides in central New Mexico and enjoys traveling, horseback riding, reading and spa-ing.
Marketing and Events Manager
Originally a California native, Khanh-Thy Gonzales, has moved from Florida to Ohio before making her way to New Mexico. As a military spouse, she is used to adapting and immersing herself in her surroundings and is determined to experience everything her new environment offers. Excited to dive into New Mexico’s culture, she’s already cheered for the Isotopes, stopped and smelled roses at the BioPark Botanical Gardens, had heapings of green chile stew (and learned the right way to spell chile), strolled down famous Route 66 to have brunch in Nob Hill, sipped on wine in Plaza Sena, and the list goes on. What invigorates and excites her is finding gems throughout her new state and discovering unique experiences that are off the beaten path.
Previously as the Marketing Lead and Manager with Lighthouse Technologies Inc., a software testing company out of Dayton, OH, she helped grow the organization from 6 to almost 50 employees. There, she managed B2B marketing with events such as tradeshows, roundtables, webinars, high profile dinners, etc. and led communications to produce monthly newsletters, brochures, fact sheets, etc.
With almost 10 years of B2B marketing experience under her belt, she is excited to make an impact on the hospitality industry in New Mexico and help grow the association to its full potential. Growing up in Silicon Valley, Khanh-Thy attended Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business with a BS in Commerce in Marketing and a minor in Studio Arts. She enjoys running, crafting, sewing, Zumba, and spending time with her husband and three kids.
Strategic Partnerships Manager
As a 12th generation New Mexican, Gabriela has spent the past ten years of her professional career in the San Francisco Bay Area. With strong roots in New Mexico, she is thrilled to be back in the "Land of Enchantment"!
Before starting at The New Mexico Hospitality Association Gabriela was a Communications and Public Relations consultant for The CBW group out of San Francisco focusing on bio tech public relations.
For three years prior to that consultancy, Gabriela worked on the programs team at one of the largest private foundations in San Francisco, the Koret Foundation. She oversaw a portfolio of grantmaking totaling over 35 million dollars in nonprofit grants ranging from education to economic development, to arts and culture and social services. While at the Koret foundation, Gabriela was a proud Board Member of LAM Latino professional network, the largest Latino membership-based network in the Bay Area. In 2014, she was awarded the LAM community "Member of the Year" for her community involvement and professional leadership. She plans to continue her community involvement here in New Mexico.
Prior to her nonprofit career, Gabriela spent three years in the private sector working B2B business development, serving small and large businesses primarily represented by hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues. She enjoyed supporting her clients in growing their business and strived to always provide value. She looks forward to the opportunity to work with many of you in the coming months as the New Mexico Hospitality Association continues to expand its benefits and broadens its reach throughout the state.
With a B.S. degree in Political Science from Santa Clara University, Gabriela began her professional career as a Campaign Coordinator for a county-wide political campaign. It was there she received on-the-ground political campaign experience, which she is still passionate about today. Gabriela is looking forward in getting involved in the New Mexico political scene and advocating for issues she believes in--such as the hospitality and tourism industry.
Gabriela enjoys camping, salsa dancing, hiking, traveling, being inspired by the different landscapes of New Mexico, but ultimately eating grandma's cooking and spending time with her family.
She is looking forward to connecting with all of you in the near future. Please let her know how the New Mexico Hospitality Association can be a resource to you and your organization.