Nathan Tafoya is one of 1,200 global IEDC certified economic developers (CEcD) and is celebrating 15 years in economic development. He is also a certified entrepreneurship development professional (EDP), focusing on creating, sustaining, and supporting entrepreneurial ecosystems for small businesses and founders. Nathan is a Texas Economic Development Council board member.
Nathan is the recipient of DCI’s 2021 Economic Development 40 Under 40 Award, the biennial award recognizing rising stars under 40 years old in the economic development industry. He currently resides in Mount Pleasant, TX as the Executive Director for Mount Pleasant Economic Development Corporation. He served as the Research Director and Vice President of Business Development for Rio Rancho Economic Development Corporation from 2007 to 2014 in Rio Rancho, NM. In 2014, he was recruited to develop and manage the NM Economic Development Department’s Business Resource Center in Santa Fe, NM.
Nathan earned his Bachelor’s at the University of Arizona and his MBA at the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management with a concentration in the Management of Technology. While earning his MBA, Nathan participated in, and won first place, in the annual UNM Business Plan Competition, an intensive business pitch competition sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Technology Ventures Corporation.
Nathan believes that a meritocracy of freely exchanged ideas creates sustainable environments & best-practice business cultures. He believes everyone should add value in their spheres of influence and strive for continuous improvement.