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Women's Pay Equality Task Force Members

Information about the Women's Pay Equality Task Force Members

Martha Burk, Ph. D. -- Chairwoman

Martha Burk is a political psychologist and women's issues expert who co‑founded of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy in Washington, D.C. Her public radio show Equal Time with Martha Burk originates from KSFR public radio in Santa Fe, and is marketed through Public Radio International. She also also serves as the Money Editor for Ms. Magazine, and is a frequent front page blogger for The Huffington Post.

Dr. Burk is a nationally recognized expert on gender pay equity. She served on the board of the National Committee on Pay Equity in Washington, D.C., where she chaired the drafting committee for the Fair Pay Act introduced by Senator Tom Harkin. She also served Senior Advisor for Women’s Issues to Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, where she led a first in the nation initiative on gender pay equity for the State of New Mexico. The initiative serves as a model for other states and municipalities. Dr. Burk has testified before the U.S. Congress on pay equity, and has been presented the New Mexico initiative to the U.S. Department of Labor, the federal Office of Contract Compliance, and the National Academies of Science, by invitation. Dr. Burk is currently heading the city of Albuquerque pay equity initiative, the first city-level initiative of its kind in the nation.

She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her background includes experience as a university research director, management professor, and advisor to political campaigns and organizations. Her previous book Your Money And Your Life: The High Stakes for Women Voters in '08 and Beyond (April 2008) was a Ms. Magazine book selection and New Mexico book award winner for best political book of 2008. The updated book for the 2014 election cycle with the new title Your Voice, Your Vote: The Savvy Woman's Guide to Power, Politics, and the Change We Need was released in March, 2014.

Clara Apodaca

Clara Apodaca, former First Lady of New Mexico and a Patron of the Arts, recently retired as President and CEO of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation.

Clara was selected as the 100 Most Influentials in US by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2008. She serves on the Board of Directors of NM First, Think New Mexico, Albuquerque Film & Media Experience (AFME) and International Women's Forum.

While in DC, she served as Commissioner on the DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities. Clara worked as a consultant in Washington, DC after serving in the Clinton Administration for 8 years. Prior to moving to DC, Clara served as Cabinet Secretary for NM Department of Cultural Affairs

Clara is also Chairman of her son's foundation, the Jeff Apodaca Celebration of Life that benefits the UNM Children's Hospital in Albuquerque. She is the mother of 5 and grandmother of 10.

Jeanette Candelaria

Jeanette Candelaria is a native New Mexican and a small business owner. Together with her husband, Martin, they own and operate Greetings, Etc! Inc., an emerging business enterprise offering professional in-house graphic design, commercial lithographic printing, and direct mail services.

Jeanette is a strong advocate of small and minority business issues, and has served on the board of directors for the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Bankers Association, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, the NAPL/NAQP Printers Association, and the National Association of Presort Mailers.

Debbie Stover

Debbie Stover is retired from the City of Albuquerque after 26 years. She was the City's first woman Planning Director and currently works as a land use consultant. She is the mother of 4 grown children and one amazing grandson. She grew up in Albuquerque's South Valley and received a bachelors and a masters degree from the University of New Mexico while working for the City. She and her husband enjoy traveling and tending to their 2.5 acre lavender farm. Debbie has always had a keen interest in women's issues and especially the matter of pay equity.

City Councilor Diane Gibson

Councilor Diane Gibson is serving her first term as City Councilor, representing Albuquerque's District 7. Councilor Gibson moved to New Mexico in 1975. She, like many other transplants, fell in love with the beauty and culture here.

She retired from Sandia National Laboratory in 2008 where she began her career as a prototype machinist, at that time only the third woman hired into the apprenticeship program. The last eleven years Councilor Gibson worked as an Environment, Safety, Security and Health coordinator, ensuring a safe, environmentally responsible workplace for over 200 employees.

Councilor Gibson was born and raised in Detroit to working class parents who worked hard and highly valued education. Her family now lives in Colorado where she frequently visits.

As the former owner and manager of rental real estate, Diane understands the important contribution locally owned businesses make in Albuquerque's economy. And as a union member for over 20 years, Councilor Gibson will always defend organized labor and collective bargaining. For the past nine years she has professionally prepared income taxes for small business owners and individuals which has given her an intimate perspective into the everyday hardships the people in Albuquerque encounter. Councilor Gibson's passion for protecting the rights of the elderly and disabled led her to her position as a volunteer ombudsman in a local long-term care facility. She has committed herself to improving her own neighborhood and those throughout District 7 since moving to the Jerry Cline Park neighborhood ten years ago.