What’s next for Monica Youngblood, one of the nation’s promising young politicians

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Juliana Vadnais, Data Journalist – Albuquerque Business First
Feb 29, 2016, 12:31pm EST Updated: Feb 29, 2016, 1:57pm EST

Monica Youngblood is a state representative, associate broker with Monica Youngblood Realty Group and marketing director for Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers.

ALBUQUERQUE — Monica Youngblood is an associate broker for the Monica Youngblood Realty Group and the marketing director for Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers Inc. She is also the New Mexico state representative for House District 68 since 2012. Born and raised in New Mexico, Youngblood balances many obligations while staying involved in her community. She was named to the Washington Post’s 40 Under 40 politicians to watch outside the D.C. area. She’s also chairing Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign in New Mexico.

Next month, Youngblood will be honored by Albuquerque Business First (a sister publication of Bizwomen) as a Woman of Influence. Here, she talks about the intersection of business and politics as the state readies for a presidential primary on June 7.

What is your biggest accomplishment so far?

In life and business, balance is an accomplishment. Honestly, staying relative in my business, family life and serving as a state representative has been a juggling act and one of my biggest accomplishments is finding a way to balance it all and still enjoy life with my friends, husband and my daughter, who is 19 and a sophomore at Arizona State University. In all honesty, [my daughter] is my biggest accomplishment.

From your perspective as a state representative, what can businesses do to get more involved in government and help make it a two-way street?

It’s vital business play a role in government. So much of what happens in Santa Fe has an effect on business, from education and workforce policy to tax policy. We need to hear from the business community on a regular basis in addition to being more politically active advocates for business.

What may people not know about your business and what is on the horizon?

Since being elected, I’ve put my business on the back burner but I’m happy to have a profession that allows me the flexibility to serve New Mexico and still make a living. As far as what is on the horizon, it’s my hope to spend a little more time on my business and I’m always looking forward to doing what I can to make New Mexico a better place as a state representative.

You can reach Juliana at 505-348-8313 or jvadnais@bizjournals.com