New Members Join Board of Directors

The Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors: Diana Martinez and John Benner.

“Both Diana and John bring long histories of service to Los Alamos,” said Steve Laurent, LACF Executive Director. “They each add unique perspectives, professional expertise, and connections to our community that can help elevate the important work we’re doing.”

Martinez recently retired from The Family YMCA after a 25-year career serving as a Senior Program Director and Development Director with a focus on grant writing. She has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. Martinez is a freelance writer and has been published in numerous local and national periodicals. A 2006 graduate of Leadership Los Alamos, she was the recipient of their 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. Through her work with the Family YMCA and raising three children in town Martinez has established a deep appreciation for the community and its nonprofit organizations.

Benner joined Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1993 and moved to Los Alamos in 1995. He has held a variety of leadership positions at the Lab including Associate Director for Weapon Engineering and Experiments and Executive Officer for Weapon Programs. Benner is currently the Associate Laboratory Director for Weapon Production and leads the plutonium pit production activities at the Laboratory. He has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University and was recently inducted into its Academy of Distinguished Alumni of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Benner is the proud father of three sons, all of whom attended Los Alamos Schools and participated in Little League, Boy Scouts, and church youth groups. He enjoys being part of the White Rock and Los Alamos community.

For additional information about Martinez and Benner, along with others serving on the LACF board, please visit

About the Los Alamos Community Foundation: Established in 2015, the mission of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is to build enduring philanthropy to empower our community’s nonprofit organizations. LACF stewards fifteen permanent endowment funds and supports local nonprofits through training, initiatives and grantmaking. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit