Loretta Lopez, Director
In October 2019, Loretta Lopez was appointed by Gov. Lujan Grisham to serve as Director of the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration (WCA). She is the first woman to be appointed to that position. Lopez attended the University of New Mexico, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1982, and in 1989, she earned her Juris Doctorate degree. Lopez has 30 years of legal experience working in state government and private practice.
Leigh Martinez, Executive Deputy Director, Support Services
Leigh Martinez has been an employee of the WCA for 23 years, working as a financial auditor in the Self Insurance Bureau and more recently as an economist in the agency’s Economic Research and Policy Bureau. Prior to joining the WCA, Martinez worked for Sandia Casino where she eventually became financial manager. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting from the University of New Mexico. Martinez will oversee the WCA’s support services, including the Finance, Facilities, and Management Information System bureaus.
Kenneth Owens, Acting Executive Deputy Director, Operations
Mediation Bureau Chief Kenneth Owens has been appointed by the Director to serve as Acting Deputy Director. Owens is a native New Mexican and a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, where he received his commission as a United States Army officer. He is a Persian Gulf War era Army veteran and served as an Air Defense artillery officer. Owens has a long history of helping others resolve their conflicts in a way that is ultimately beneficial for all parties. After his military service, he worked as a community organizer for El Centro de la Raza in Seattle. He returned to New Mexico and graduated from the UNM School of Law in 2011. Owens has worked extensively in state government, community legal services and in private practice, including assistant New Mexico attorney general and as an employee at New Mexico Legal Aid. Owens joined the Workers' Compensation Administration in late March 2018.
General Counsel, vacant