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 an advocacy, communications, and branding specialist with extensive experience in the financial services, entertainment, and high-tech industries as well as state and federal government. He most recently served as Managing Partner & Vice President of Public Affairs for Albuquerque lobbying and public affairs shop, Leverage Point, whose work was pivotal in bringing data breach legislation to New Mexico. He spent several years in Los Angeles, CA gaining extensive expertise in corporate human resources and communications, organizational development and alignment, and media relations during his tenure at The Walt Disney Company and Yahoo!, Inc. Michael also taught at New Mexico State University as an adjunct professor in Business & Professional Communication, Technical & Scientific Communication, Contemporary Identity Politics, and all levels of composition. He is actively involved in the New Mexico business, media, non-profit and political communities, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico, the Steering Committee for the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership, and the Economic Development and Entrepreneurship committees for the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry. He has also recently been named Honorary Commander of the 377th Air Base Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base. He currently serves as Director of Advocacy for New Mexico non-profit, Prosperity Works.
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.