SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, March 16, 2021 – Today, New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) President and CEO Ryan Flynn announced plans to step down following New Mexico’s current legislative session. Flynn informed the board of directors of his intentions at a meeting earlier today. He will continue to serve as Senior Advisor to the organization to assist in the transition to new leadership. The board plans to begin a search for his successor immediately.
“It has been an honor to lead and represent this organization over the past five historic, record-shattering years for our industry,” said Flynn. “This has been a period of great growth and opportunity for New Mexico, oil and gas, and NMOGA. I am confident our industry will continue to play a major role in our state as its economic engine, creator of jobs, and funder of public schools. NMOGA is well-positioned and prepared with personnel and capabilities to respond to current and future challenges as the energy sector makes progress toward the low carbon, lower emissions goals we all share.”
Under Flynn’s leadership, NMOGA has expanded its membership and has worked to place a greater focus on efforts to engage with New Mexicans about the oil and natural gas industry, while maintaining the association’s standing as a credible, nonpartisan thought leader committed to science, environmental protection, and the responsible production of oil and natural gas. NMOGA was recognized in 2019 with NAIOP New Mexico’s Chuck Gara Community Leader Award for the oil and natural gas industry’s significant economic, community, and philanthropic contributions.
“Ryan has led and guided our association through a remarkable period for New Mexico, our association, and indeed the world,” said NMOGA Chairman Leland Gould. “He has built a very effective team and his vision and leadership have made NMOGA more relevant and recognized as our state and country have engaged in important conversations about the role and future of oil and natural gas in our society and communities. The board and our members are grateful for all of his contributions, and we will now look to identify a uniquely qualified successor who can build on the solid foundation and record Ryan has established.”
Prior to joining NMOGA, Flynn served as the Secretary of Environment and the Natural Resources Trustee for the State of New Mexico, where he brokered several key agreements with federal and state agencies. Flynn holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law.
NMOGA is a coalition of more than 1,000 oil and natural gas companies and individuals operating in the state of New Mexico. NMOGA is the oldest and largest organization representing the oil and gas industry in New Mexico and its members include all facets of oil and natural gas production, transportation, and delivery. The oil and natural gas industry is the greatest economic contributor to the state of New Mexico, supporting more than 134,000 jobs and $16.6 billion in annual economic activity. Taxes and royalties from the industry account for 33.5% of New Mexico’s annual state budget, including nearly $1.4 billion for education.