Statement on the Loss of Jennifer Riordan

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Jennifer Riordan (right) receiving recognition from former New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Deputy Secretary Joy Forehand at the conclusion of Jennifer’s service as our Commission Chair in June, 2017.

America’s Service Commissions joins the New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism in extending our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jennifer Riordan, who passed away in a tragic accident on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 on April 17, 2018.

Jennifer Riordan was a champion for national and community service and a Commissioner of the New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism. As Chair, Ms. Riordan stewarded the Commission through a number of administration changes and served as a trusted friend and mentor to both Commissioners and Commission staff.

Despite a highly demanding professional and personal schedule, Ms. Riordan made the effort to fully understand the streams of service and was a tireless and highly effective advocate in celebrating the accomplishments of AmeriCorps programs throughout New Mexico.

At the time of her tragic passing, Jennifer was planning to join the New Mexico Commission’s staff for the 2018 Points of Lights conference in Atlanta, as seeking the resources and allies to increase service, volunteerism and community engagement — especially among young people — were what motivated Jennifer through all aspects of her life.

The New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism deeply mourns her loss, and will find inspiration and comfort in her extraordinary legacy.

On behalf of the 52 state service commissions across the country, our hearts go out to Jennifer Riordan’s family, friends, colleagues and community.


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