Chief Executive Officer
Katherine (Kathy) Ulibarri is Chief Executive Officer of the Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services, Inc. (CHESS). As CEO, she sets the vision and strategic direction for CHESS and leads the deployment of strategic priorities.
Kathy also owns K Ulibarri Consulting, LLC., where she shares her rich experience as a senior level executive with others in need of executive coaching, strategic planning guidance, and management consulting expertise. She cultivates executives and leaders who dream big and embrace their ability to bring about positive change by clarifying their vision, eliminating barriers to action, and achieving positive results.
Prior to forming K Ulibarri Consulting, LLC, Kathy served as Vice President for Finance & Operations at Central New Mexico Community College, the state’s largest community college. In that role, she was the Chief Financial Officer and oversaw strategic planning, institutional research, finance, treasury management, accounting, information technology services, construction, maintenance and operations, human resources, labor relations, procurement, contracts and grants, among other duties. Before that, she served as Executive Director of Planning, Budget and Institutional Research and as Special Assistant to the President at CNM.
Previously, Kathy served as the Deputy Director and as Interim Cabinet Secretary at the New Mexico Higher Education Department. She was the Budget Director for Albuquerque Public Schools; held several posts at the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education; and worked at the University of New Mexico, including as Director for Cooperative Education.
Kathy contributes time to a variety of boards and organizations and currently serves as Treasurer on the board of Homewise, Inc. She earned a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of New Mexico.