Posted on Jul 07, 2017
As we officially begin the 2017-2018 Rotary year, we'd like to introduce our new President, Michael Barrio. 
Greetings, Rotarians Del Sol! As I officially begin my year as President, I would like to share that I am EXCITED, PROUD, & immensely GRATEFUL to work with and lead such a wonderful & caring group of people who are absolutely committed to improving the futures and day-to-day lives of the communities that we live and work in. I look forward to getting to know more and more about each and every one of our members, and getting into the thick of our outstanding legacy of commitment to our communities and living the 4-Way Test. I am HONORED to serve, and I look forward to a fantastic year! 
Michael Barrio is a communications and public affairs specialist with extensive experience in the credit union, entertainment, and high-tech industries. He is Managing Partner & Vice President, Public Affairs for Leverage Point, an Albuquerque-grown communications & public affairs firm. He spent several years in Los Angeles, CA and gained extensive expertise in corporate human resources, organizational development & alignment, and media relations during his tenure at The Walt Disney Co. and Yahoo!, Inc.. Further, Michael taught at New Mexico State University as an adjunct professor in Business & Professional Communication, Technical & Scientific Communication, and Contemporary Identity Politics. He is passionate about professional and corporate ethics, and remains a continuing Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Fellow and advocate. Michael received his MA in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from New Mexico State University (NMSU), and was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Michael is an active and involved member of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (for which he serves on the Economic Development and Entrepreneurship committees), the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, the Public Relations Society of America and its New Mexico chapter, the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and serves on the Steering Committee for the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership.