Nonprofit leader takes role in CYFD development

Local nonprofit leader to take role in CYFD department by Albuquerque Business First Reporter


ALBUQUERQUE — Longtime nonprofit leader, a 2017 Business First Diverse Business Leaders honoree, takes on role with CYFD.

Amy Whitfield has stepped down as executive director of the Domestic Violence Resource Center after being named to the position in 2017.

In a letter to colleagues, Whitfield said she has been offered a role in the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. CYFD confirmed with Business First that Whitfield has joined the agency. Whitfield could not be immediately reached for comment.

"While I am very sad to leave DVRC and the great work of anti-violence in small nonprofits; I am also extremely excited to take my work for community change to this larger level," Whitfield wrote in the letter. "It is a great time of reform and change in our state and I could not pass on the opportunity to be a part of changes for our children and our community."

The executive director is responsible for overseeing all facets of DVRC, including administration, finances, programs, grant compliance and strategic planning. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach, according to the executive director job posting.

There was no specific salary was listed for the position.

Whitfield, a longtime nonprofit leader, was a 2017 Business First Diverse Business Leaders honoree and judge for the 2018 Diverse Business Leader Awards. Before joining DVRC in August 2017, Whitfield was CEO of the New Mexico chapter of the Young Women's Christian Association for more than four years before joining the Domestic Violence Resource Center. The YWCA is a nonprofit whose mission is to "eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice and dignity for all," according to previous Business First reporting.

The Domestic Violence Resource Center was an Albuquerque Business First nonprofit of the year honoree in 2015. That year the nonprofit said it provided $124,369 in out-of-state funding to 84 families, according to previous Business First reporting. In its job posting, DVRC said has approximately 20 employees and an annual budget of approximately $900,000.

The agency received $40,200 from United Way in 2016, according to Business First's United Way Allocations List.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham proposed an increase of $36.5 million to CYFD in her executive budget proposal for FY2020. In addition to the added funding, the governor called for another $3.9 million for 102 new positions in the CYFD Protective Services Division.

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