Governor Lujan Grisham’s Inspiring Visit to SALA: Fostering New Mexico’s Future in STEM

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s recent visit to SALA Event Center marked a significant homecoming to Los Alamos, a town pivotal in the history of the Manhattan Project. This special event was not only a return to her roots but also a prime opportunity to engage with the community on the importance of STEM education. In a symbolic nod to the town’s history, the Governor chose this occasion to watch the film “Oppenheimer” for the first time, connecting the past with the present in the place where it all began.

At SALA Event Center, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks with panelists and area students about STEM education and careers.

A Visionary Discussion on SALA’s Future

Phase 2: Shaping Tomorrow

In a meaningful conversation with Allan Saenz, the owner of SALA, Governor Lujan Grisham explored the center’s future plans, including the exciting Phase 2 renovations. The discussion centered around the development of an immersive space at SALA, aligning seamlessly with the Governor’s vision for a technologically advanced and educationally rich New Mexico.

Accompanied by her staff, the Governor toured SALA’s innovative spaces, including The Social Center and The Hill Augmented. She was impressed by SALA’s transformation into a hub that not only fosters community engagement but also serves as a beacon of innovation.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham graciously took time to meet with SALA owner, Allan Saenz.

The Heart of the Event: Engaging Young Minds

Fostering Future Leaders
The event was a vibrant gathering of students, educators, and panelists, focusing on the critical areas of STEM education and career pathways. Governor Lujan Grisham shared her vision of nurturing local talent into global leaders and problem solvers.

Panel of Experts
Featuring a panel moderated by Sara Scott and including experts like Tina Cordova, Ellie Gilbertson, and Asher Stevens, the discussion provided invaluable insights into STEM careers, underscoring the importance of adaptability and resilience in professional journeys.

A Call to Action
Governor Lujan Grisham’s interaction with the students was not just inspiring but also a call to action. She encouraged them to engage actively, share ideas, and remain connected, highlighting their role in shaping New Mexico’s future.

The Governor's charisma and insight piqued discussions between students and panelists.

Celebrating Diversity in Education

A Gathering of Aspiring Minds

Students and staff from institutions like UNM-Los Alamos, Northern New Mexico College, and various high schools enriched the event with their diverse perspectives, illustrating the wide-reaching impact of this initiative.


Acknowledging Support and Enjoying Cinema

Gratitude to Partners

The Governor extended heartfelt thanks to the partners and sponsors, including Los Alamos County, the New Mexico Center for Economic Opportunity, and Amazon Web Services, whose support was crucial in making the event a success.

A Cinematic Homage

The screening of “Oppenheimer” was a deeply symbolic moment for Governor Lujan Grisham, watching the film for the first time in her birthplace, connecting her personal history with the profound legacy of Los Alamos.

Reflecting on a Successful Event

SALA: A Hub of Innovation and Learning

SALA Team was honored to host Governor Lujan Grisham, distinguished guests, and enthusiastic students. This event was not just a celebration of STEM education but also a testament to the power of community and history coming together.

As SALA continues to grow, it stands as a testament to our commitment to fostering an environment where learning, technology, and community can thrive together. Governor Lujan Grisham’s visit has left an indelible mark, inspiring us to continue our journey towards innovation and educational excellence.