LACF Welcomes Liz Martineau as New Executive Director

(LACF News) – The Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) is pleased to announce local resident and supporter Liz Martineau as its new Executive Director.

“It’s great to have Liz join the foundation team,” said LACF Board Chair Pat Soran. “She brings extensive knowledge and connection to our community that is so valuable to the foundation. Liz is more than ready to help take the LACF to the next level,” he added, “and I look forward to working with such a dynamic woman — welcome aboard Liz!”

Martineau brings 37 years of dedication and service to the Los Alamos community. She has taught elementary school, provided outreach through the Bradbury Science Museum, served as Executive Director of the Historical Society and managed the Los Alamos Ambassador Program. Her experience also includes the Historical Society’s 2015 Capital Campaign and service as president of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

A breadth of volunteer work with local nonprofits gives Martineau a unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing these organizations in Los Alamos. Most recently, she has served on the J Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee, Historic Preservation Advisory Board, Self-Help Board and the Los Alamos Community Seed Library.

“There are more than 120 nonprofit organizations in Los Alamos that provide necessary services and improve our quality of life. The Los Alamos Community Foundation is in a unique position to foster collaboration among organizations and increase philanthropic impact to sustain them for the long-term,” said Martineau.

“I am honored to join LACF and look forward to continuing the work of Steve Laurent and previous director Rachel Kizielewicz to create lasting impacts in our community,” added Martineau.

Martineau raised two daughters on the Pajarito Plateau. She is a fiber artist who enjoys camping and hiking. She and her husband, Gordon McDonough, also own a traveling math museum. “I enjoy meeting new people, so if you see me out and about at a family math night, concert, or program, please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself,” says Martineau.

Martineau replaces Steve Laurent who announced his retirement in January. They are working together until April 1 to ensure a smooth transition.

Established in 2015, the Los Alamos Community Foundation improves the quality of life in our community by inspiring local philanthropy and building the capacity and success of our nonprofit organizations. LACF stewards 16 permanent endowment funds and supports nonprofits through training, initiatives and grantmaking. For more information visit