Randy Royster is a multi-generation native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico and his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Eastern New Mexico University.
As President and CEO of the Albuquerque Community Foundation, Randy commenced his career in philanthropy in 2005. Under his leadership, the Foundation’s assets under management have grown by more than 40%; average annual contributions to the Foundation have almost tripled; and average annual grantmaking has more than quadrupled, over the first 24 years of the Foundation’s existence.
Randy has been instrumental in a number of collaborations including: the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, a partnership between the Foundation and the United Way of Central New Mexico focusing on local non-profit training and capacity building; the New Mexico Collaboration to End Hunger, a layered effort among more than 80 groups from various sectors addressing the acute and on-going needs of hungry New Mexicans; the Office of Philanthropic Outreach, a collaboration between the Foundation, Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish’ Office, Children’s Cabinet and WK Kellogg Foundation, dedicated to social innovation and public-private philanthropic partnership; and the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations, an on-going work between five key community foundations in the State with a focus on opportunities to positively affect individual communities and the State at large as a group.
Randy’s work has garnered state, regional and national attention with his involvement in the work of the Council on Foundations and partnering with foundations such as McCune, Robert Wood Johnson, WK Kellogg and a number of private family foundations.
His present professional, board and community affiliations include the Community Foundations National Standards Board (President); New Mexico Estate Planning Council; and the University of New Mexico Alumni Association (Immediate Past-President). Recent affiliations included the Association of Fundraising Professionals; New Mexico Grantmakers; National Committee on Planned Giving; Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to joining the Albuquerque Community Foundation, Randy’s professional New Mexico experience included: Vice President of Lovelace Sandia Health System; Human Resources Director and General Counsel, Wilson & Company Engineers & Architects, Inc.; General Counsel and Director of Human Resources for Jaynes Corporation; and associations with the law firms of Sheehan, Sheehan & Stelzner, P.A. and Miller, Stratvert, Torgerson & Schlenker, P.A.
Randy is married to Maria Griego-Raby, Principal of Contract Associates, Inc. He is the father of four children and grandfather of five…so far!