Rio Rancho Observer
By Antonio Sanchez, Reporter
PUBLISHED: June 8, 2017

The president of a Wisconsin-based economic development corporation will be the new head of the Sandoval Economic Alliance.

SEA announced Steve Jenkins as its new president and CEO on Thursday. Jenkins will begin his position on July 17. Jami Grindatto, SEA’s former president and CEO, is stepping step down after three years with SEA to re-enter the private business sector with his wife.

“It is an honor to join the exceptional staff of SEA,” Jenkins said. “Rio Rancho and Sandoval County sit in the midst of a growing metro with exceptional business assets and a focus on the future. Working with SEA’s public and private partners to bring new levels of prosperity will be my top priority.”

Jenkins is the president of the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation, where his nearly five-and-a-half year tenure will end June 30. Jenkins previously was the vice president of GO Topeka Economic Development from 2008-11, and the vice president of business development for the Corpus Christi Economic Development Corporation.

Jenkins serves on the certification committee of the International Economic Development Council and is also a member of the International Asset Management Council and the World Future Society.

In the alliance’s statement, SEA chair-elect Angela Ward thanked Grindatto for his work as the alliance’s CEO and said she was delighted with the hiring of Jenkins.

“We are thrilled to welcome Steve to our community and to see where he takes the organization in collaboration with Rio Rancho and Sandoval County,” he said.

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