ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Leverage Point, Inc.’s new Director of Public Affairs, Michael Barrio, MA, has been selected as a panelist at the 2015 Domenici Public Policy Conference, to be held at the Las Cruces Convention Center, September 16–17. As one of several chosen panelists, Barrio will be among those who are explicitly allowed to question and address speakers at the conference regarding themes on aging U.S. infrastructure, regional economic development, U.S. energy independence, and Middle East policy. As in past years, the conference will host a number of distinguished speakers. Barrio will focus on the topic of regional economic development, specifically regarding New Mexico and the Southwest region.
“I am thrilled to have been selected for involvement with this prestigious conference, and am looking forward to the opportunity that this may afford our organization and its efforts to augment regional economic awareness and development,” said Barrio.
Barrio has previously served as Legislative Analyst for Kuper, Smith & Associates and the New Mexico State University Office of Governmental Affairs during the 2015 legislative session, as well as advocating for Southern New Mexico education and political initiatives. He spent several years in Los Angeles, Calif., and gained extensive expertise in corporate human resources, organizational development and alignment, and media relations during his tenure at The Walt Disney Company and Yahoo!, Inc. Further, prior to joining Leverage Point, Inc. and the Credit Union Association of New Mexico, Barrio worked for New Mexico State University as an instructor in Business and Professional Communication, as well as Contemporary Identity Politics. He is passionate about business, professional, and corporate ethics, and remains a continuing Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Fellow and supporter. Barrio received his MA in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from New Mexico State University (NMSU), and is currently working on completion of his PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from NMSU.
Leverage Point, Inc. is an advocacy and public affairs firm that specializes in providing a dedicated Governmental and Public Affairs team that assists clients with developing and implementing proactive strategies that include crisis communications and management that will empower clients to mobilize grassroots efforts and galvanize positive public sentiments to the advantage of their individual and specific legislative and business goals.