The Atrisco Companies is a family of social enterprises that includes seven nonprofit and community-focused organizations.

Our mission is to make elevated community services attainable for New Mexicans pursuing richer and more profound experiences for their families.

Our work is grounded in our community values and reflective of its traditions. We use private sector disciplines to offer higher-level impact to our customers than can be expected from traditional not-for-profit organizations.

Our goal is to be a leader in sustainable philanthropy.

WE ARE GUIDED by these principles that are central to who we are and the work we do.

Community. We strive to work for and with our community to create positive, long-term change.

Culture. We are dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the Atrisco Land Grant and celebrating New Mexican culture.

Impact. We are driven by a desire to make a positive impact on all with whom we interact, on the state of New Mexico and on the business marketplace.

Innovation. We take a bold approach to business, using an innovative model that values impact over profit. We continually search for new ways to improve ourselves and our community.


Randolph M. Sanchez – Board Chair

Randolph M. Sanchez was born and raised in Albuquerque’s South Valley and attended Rio Grande High School. He attended Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in shopping center management and marketing.

Sanchez has been an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, serving as the State Director for New Mexico and Government Relations Chairman. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of the New Mexico Retail Association.

Past board involvement includes Hispano Chamber of Commerce board member and chairman; Central NM Workforce Connection board member; Kirtland Air Force Base honorary commander; Uptown Progress Team president; National Association of Office & Industrial Properties (NAIOP) board member (New Mexico Chapter); City of Albuquerque Lodgers Tax Advisory Board member; New Mexico Advertising Federation; Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Air Quality Control board chair; and Westland Development board member.

Sanchez is also an FBI Citizens Academy graduate, Salary Commissioner for the Mayor/City Council and sits on the Small Business Advisory Committee for Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent.


Roberta Ricci – Secretary

As the Chief Experience Officer for The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Roberta Ricci leads three major departments within the Chamber: Convention and Tourism, providing a full-service department to promote Albuquerque globally as a destination for tourism and conventions, specifically to the Native American and Hispanic markets; its Membership Program with over 1,000 members to support and provide unique resources to help grow and scale businesses; and its Marketing Department that promotes the various Chamber programs, services and committees. Ricci also oversees seven industry programs that enhance the mission of the Chamber.

Ricci specializes in building relationships with business leaders and organizations, connecting them with Albuquerque’s diverse Hispanic and Native American cultures. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, where she earned a master’s degree in educational leadership with a concentration in higher education and a bachelor’s degree in organizational management.

Ricci previously held the role of executive director at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation, development director of the CNM Foundation and senior alumni relations manager at the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management.

Ricci serves or has served on several boards, including The UNM Alumni Association, The Rio Grande Community Development Corporation, Mark Armijo Charter High School and Hispano Philanthropic Society of the United Way of Central New Mexico. She has also volunteered for various committees within her community.

Roberta was born and raised in Albuquerque’s South Valley and is married to Keith Ricci. They have two daughters, Marissa and Elena.


Thaddeus Lucero – Treasurer

Thaddeus Lucero was born and raised in Albuquerque’s North Valley and graduated from Valley High School in 1976. In 1977, he moved to Seattle, Washington, where he graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in urban planning in 1981. He attended the JFK School of Government – Harvard University Program for Senior Executives in July 1996.

Lucero is currently a member of the American Planning Association, a non-profit public interest and research organization representing 39,000 practicing planners, officials and citizens involved in urban and rural planning issues.

He formally served as the director of planning and general services for the Mid-Region Council of Governments, where he oversaw transportation and rural planning, workforce development, finance and purchasing. Prior to this position, he was the Bernalillo County Manager for seven years, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of Bernalillo County, consisting of 25 departments and over 2,500 employees.


Charles V. Pena – Board Member

Charles V. Peña retired from Safeway Stores after 19 years of employment. During that time, he was a member of the Retail Clerk’s Union, where he sat on two negotiating committees and twice ran for the Presidency of the Union.

Peña attended the University of New Mexico and the University of Albuquerque, majoring in business. He owned and operated CJ’s New Mexico Food Restaurant in Albuquerque from 1993 until its sale in 2004.


Ray Mares Jr. – Board Member

Ray Mares is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, where he received a Bachelor of Science in business. For more than 18 years, Mares has been the owner/manager of Briteway Services in Albuquerque.


Leroy Pacheco – Advisory Member

Born and raised in northern New Mexico, F. Leroy Pacheco has worked in community development and banking for more than 35 years. His experience has earned him national recognition from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 1990, Pacheco received the Advocate Award from the New Mexico Indian Business Association, and in 1995, Pacheco was named one of the Top 20 Most Influential People in Albuquerque by the New Mexico Business Journal.

From 1997 through 2003, Pacheco served as president and CEO of ACCION Chicago, a non-profit micro-lending organization aimed at providing non-traditional financing to small businesses. In January 2004, Pacheco was appointed as executive director of ASSETS Chicago. ASSETS (A Service for Self-Employment, Training, and Support) is a microenterprise development model that delivers practical, hands-on business training supported by mentoring, technical assistance, business financing and related support to participants and alumni. The program is developed and piloted by the MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Association).

In January 2007, Pacheco was appointed as President/CEO of The Loan Fund. The Loan Fund was established in 1989 as the first faith-based, non-profit micro-lending organization providing alternate financing to small businesses and other non-profits. Started by the New Mexico Council of Churches, The Loan Fund has lent over $46 million and helped to create or preserve over 6,500 jobs throughout New Mexico.

Pacheco earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from New Mexico State University and has completed coursework for a master’s with a concentration in entrepreneurship from DePaul University.


Kim Herrera – Advisory Member

Kim Herrera is a wife, mother and business operator. She is an officer and operator in the family business, Bob’s Burgers. Kim knew early in her educational career that she wanted to pursue a degree in business and marketing. She graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1994 with a BBA, concentrating in marketing.

Upon graduating, she worked for Norwest Bank in their marketing department. In 1997, she decided to take a management position at Bob’s Burgers. Bob’s Burgers was founded in 1964 by her father, Bob Salas. This local restaurant has grown from one small hamburger stand 51 years ago to a family franchise of 10 locations throughout Albuquerque and nearby cities. Herrera wears many hats in the management of the business, including overseeing operations, accounting, marketing and HR. Her favorite aspect of being in a leadership role is having an impact on her employees. She spends hours developing her team and enjoys watching them succeed.

Outside of the family business, Kim has many interests. She has devoted 9 years of training in karate at the Japan Karate Association, earning a “Ni Dan” (second-degree black belt) in Shotokan Karate, and is a certified judge for national tournaments. She retired from karate in 2013. Currently, the activities she loves most in her life are spending time with her husband (Eric) and kids (Diego and Mia), running and participating in Bible study.


William Matthew Montanes – Advisory Member

Matthew Montanes is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque. Matthew is currently the lab-wide manager of HR business partners and strategic services for Sandia National Laboratories. Montanes focuses on raising the pursuit of human capital management under secret clearance from the Department of Energy. He also leads and maintains a team of highly experienced HRBP professionals through leadership, influence and strong relationship building to ensure the missions and programs of multiple government departments spanning 12,000 employees.

Prior to this role, Montanes worked as the manager of human resources for Sandia Pueblo Enterprise and as director of human resources at Eclipse Aviation Corporation. He has also worked for Intel Corporation, helping to build the business processes in its developmental earlier years of operation. Montanes has a history of more than 20 years of experience in providing management, human resources, project management and workforce training and development. He is a trusted advisor who positively influences and impacts an organization by building strong relationships and innovative solutions.

Montanes is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, Robert O. Anderson School of Management, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and received Society of Human Resource Management (SPHR) and Human Resource Certification Institution (HRCI) certifications. He received the Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSS); the Managing Through People, Intel Leadership Certification; and Intel Legal Labor and Business Law Certification. Montanes also received the Certification in Theory Constraints from Goldratt Institute; the HCI Strategic Workforce Planning Certification from Dallas, Texas; and the Darden School of Management Executive Certification from the University of Virginia.


Melanie Martinez – Advisory Member

Melanie Martinez is an Atrisco Heir and was an Atrisco Heritage Foundation scholarship recipient. Martinez attended the University of New Mexico, where she received a bachelor’s degree in criminology. She currently works for the state of New Mexico’s Aging and Long-Term Services/Adult Productive Services as an investigative caseworker.


Elizabeth Silva – Advisory Member

Elizabeth C. Silva. holds a PhD in Education Culture and Society (University of Utah), an MA in Language Literacy Sociocultural Studies (University of New Mexico) and a BA in Sociology and Spanish with a minor in Psychology (University of New Mexico). She was a founding sister of Young Women United and has participated in countless social justice, community-based organizing work, and government program development. She is owner and founder of Elizabeth C. Silva, LLC consulting and holds several contracts with government, educational and non-profit agencies.


Marc Esquivel – Advisory Member

Marc Esquivel is a senior software systems engineer at Sandia National Laboratories. He is an Atrisco Heir scholarship recipient and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico.


Peter A. Sanchez – CEO

As the CEO of The Atrisco Companies, Peter Sanchez leads a dynamic group of employees in 7 different entities and a workforce of over 220 people while reinventing the Atrisco Land Grant organization and continuing its 400+ year history.

Sanchez’s entrepreneurial spirit was cultivated while growing up in Albuquerque’s South Valley. As a land grant heir, self-reliance has always been a trait embedded in his ancestral DNA. His family on both sides had small businesses that provided a modest living. Experiencing and observing these manners of living had a significant impact on his outlook towards business. It is something carried forward into college, business school, law school and throughout his career.

Sanchez has worked as a tax consultant for Deloitte and Touche, LLP and as a financial analyst at ARCO Oil and Gas Company. While the early and formative years of his career were spent with large corporations, it would be the next phase of his career that his entrepreneurial interests would surface.

From 1993 to 2007, Sanchez held senior financial and executive positions while working in four separate technology companies in New York and Texas: a voice recognition hardware and software provider; a business-to-business energy trading technology company; an open-source software and service operator; and a utility software company, Bradmark Technologies, Inc., where he worked as chief financial officer.

Helping to build these companies and learning the trials of technology business along the way, Sanchez gained tremendous insight and experience managing companies through various company life cycles, including experiences in IPO, turnaround and build and sell exit events.

In 2007, Sanchez returned to New Mexico to head The Atrisco Companies after the historic sale of the Land Grant in 2006.

Sanchez holds a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of New Mexico and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Houston. Within the community, he serves or has served on several boards of directors, including Bosque School, Hispano Philanthropic Society of the United Way, National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation, Golden Apple Foundation, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Central New Mexico.

Sanchez was a nine-year member of Vistage, an organization that supports CEOs and business owners as they grow their businesses through executive coaching and peer advisory groups. He is the recipient of the 2013 University of New Mexico Alumni Zia Award, was honored in 2014 as an Albuquerque Business First Top CEO and was a 2014 inductee into the UNM Anderson School of Management Hall of Fame.


Brian O’Connell – COO/CFO

Brian O’Connell is a lifelong New Mexican and has served as COO/CFO of The Atrisco Companies since 2020.

O’Connell brings extensive experience in the nonprofit and legislative education sectors in New Mexico. From 2012 to 2020, he was executive director of Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico, the state’s premier teacher recognition and professional development organization. He served as executive director of New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks from 2000 to 2012, a statewide organization specializing in volunteer advocacy for children who have been abused or neglected.

Prior to those experiences, O’Connell was a senior fiscal analyst for the bipartisan, bicameral Legislative Finance Committee. He holds a bachelor’s in history and a master’s in public administration from the University of New Mexico.


Rosa Del Cid – Executive Director of Finance

As a young girl, Rosa Del Cid always had a passion for numbers. She would help her father with keeping track of his sales at his carpentry shop and help her mother keep the family’s finances on track. When she wasn’t busy helping her parents, her nose would always be buried in a textbook, trying to learn as much as possible. She excelled in school and graduated at the top of her class with dreams of becoming an accountant. She moved thousands of miles to make her dream a reality and became an accountant for a work agency in Chicago. After 10 years, she moved to the Land of Enchantment and began to work as an educational assistant in the Rio Rancho School District. Del Cid worked during the day to help young students find their passion; in her free time, she pushed herself and continued to take accounting and business courses. In 2013, she was given the opportunity of a lifetime to work for Atrisco Companies. She currently serves as the executive director of finance for Atrisco Companies and is always pushing for excellence and community at the office.

In her free time, Del Cid enjoys spending time with her family and pushing for her daughter to achieve her dreams as she did. Rosa is an active member of various outreach programs in the community and volunteers at different homeless shelters. She enjoys exploring the beautiful New Mexico scenery and the rich cultural history that the Land of Enchantment has to offer.


Alexandria Shultz – Office Coordinator/Human Resources Specialist

For over 15 years, Alexandria Shultz has worked as a Human Resource Specialist. She has many years of experience both in the public and private sectors. She has represented highly esteemed companies and is skilled in team building, strategic planning and collaboration. Shultz likes getting people excited about the things she is excited about. Right now, that’s Atrisco Companies, where she serves as office coordinator and human resources specialist.

Shultz has a magnetic presence in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and energy to encourage others to work tirelessly toward success. She is inspired daily by her daughters and grandchildren. Shultz likes to read, work out, cook and spend time with her family.