2022 Community Highlights

The Laboratory, its employees, and its managing contractor Triad are committed to help Northern New Mexico thrive by partnering with organizations throughout the region.

We focus on three main areas:

  • Improving educational opportunities for children
  • Promoting economic and workforce development, to grow small businesses and help people into jobs
  • Supporting nonprofits as they help address issues facing the community

To enhance and expand the Laboratory’s work in the community, managing contractor Triad National Security, LLC, invests in nonprofit programs in the region under its own Community Commitment Plan.

Information in this report is from FY 2022 (which runs Oct. 1 2021 - Sept. 30 2022), except where stated.


The success of the region and of Los Alamos National Laboratory depends on skilled people. To help produce better education outcomes for students, the Laboratory supports initiatives from elementary school through higher education.

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A student at an activity station in one of the Challenge Tomorrow mobile STEM education trailers.
  • The Bradbury Science Museum launched its Challenge Tomorrow traveling STEM experience that brings the Laboratory's research, innovations and people to communities in New Mexico. Budding scientists and learners of all ages can chat with employee volunteer Challenge Ambassadors, try out real tools and tech, and explore future careers.
  • 212 LANL employees provided 2,385 service hours to nonprofit and educational organizations in Northern NM, impacting an estimated 2,760 students, teachers and community members.
  • The Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund awarded $783,000 in scholarships to 102 four-year students in 2022.
  • In the fifth year of the Regional Partnership School program with partners Pojoaque Valley School District and New Mexico Highlands University, the Laboratory’s Math and Science Academy (MSA):
    • Provided in-class support to teachers
    • Assisted the Pojoaque Valley School District in developing a mathematics intervention program and after-school program for fourth and fifth grade students, as well as a summer math camp and after-school program for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students
    • With New Mexico Highlands University, developed and implemented a Masters degree in Education Leadership with a concentration in K-8 Mathematics Teacher Leadership for area teachers.
  • MSA organized two cross-school collaboration professional development sessions for members of the Math Teacher Leader Network, a collaboration between the MSA and math teachers and their principals across the region designed to facilitate and strengthen high quality mathematics teaching and learning in elementary and middle schools.
  • Bradbury Science Museum’s educators provided creative hands-on activities for kindergarten through sixth-grade students at nine Española district elementary schools under their Summer Science on Wheels program.
  • Lab employees Anna Llobet and Pierre-Yves Le Bas, who have each devoted many years to providing STEM education programs for students from underserved communities in Northern New Mexico, were named as the 2022 winners of the Los Alamos Community Relations Medal.
  • The sixth annual free two-week Summer Physics Camp for Young Women took place in June, virtually hosting 40 high-schoolers from schools in the region and in Hawaii.

Workforce and Economic Development

The Laboratory invests and partners in workforce and economic development initiatives that train future employees, create jobs and help businesses grow.

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Santa Fe-based Mesa Photonics have developed a portable, unique laser-pulse system that can be used to conduct a test for Severe Accurate Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Through the NMSBA program, Laboratory researchers helped the company demonstrate the product’s feasibility, securing funding to move the project into the next phase of development.

Community Giving

Laboratory employees are committed to community service, and work to improve the quality of life for people in the region through giving their time, talent and money to STEM projects and other nonprofit activities.

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Laboratory volunteers helping at a Habitat for Humanity project in Santa Fe.
  • Employees donated:
  • The Community Technical Assistance program allowed nonprofit, tribal, and non-Federal government entities in Northern New Mexico to access the unique expertise and capabilities of the Laboratory on a variety of technical challenges at no cost to the organizations. Among the projects was a data sprint in which LANL data scientists partnered with education nonprofit STEM Santa Fe to analyze the impact of its programs.
  • The Laboratory organized 17 blood drives with 658 donors giving 771 units of blood, enough to save 2517 lives.
  • 103 employees took part in 11 volunteer events organized by the Laboratory, helping nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity (Santa Fe), San Martin De Porres Soup Kitchen (Española), Khalsa Family Farms (Española), and Mesa-to-Mesa/New Mexico Ramp Project.
  • The Food Depot honored the Laboratory with its Corporate Lifetime Giving Award for 2022, in recognition of the long-standing generosity of employees and the further support of Laboratory operator Triad. In the 2022 Laboratory Food Drive employees donated $57,648 and 587 pounds of food, providing 233,527 meals to Northern New Mexicans. In addition, 51 employees took part in five volunteer events.

Triad’s Community Commitment Plan

Building on the Laboratory’s work in the community, managing contractor Triad National Security, LLC, invests in nonprofit programs in the region under its own Community Commitment Plan. In accordance with the plan, Triad invested $2.5 million in the LANL Foundation, Regional Development Corporation, United Way of NNM and more than 70 other nonprofit organizations.

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Pojoaque-based light fixture manufacturer Light Styles of Santa Fe received a no-interest loan from the Technological and Manufacturing (TEAM) Fund administered by the Triad-supported Regional Development Corporation to help purchase equipment to support their expansion.



Triad made grants totaling $793,314 to 20 education nonprofits and organizations supporting education programs across Northern New Mexico.

Triad’s investment in the LANL Foundation supported a range of initiatives with the aim of fostering 21st Century learning opportunities in four areas: scholarships and support, expanding work-based learning opportunities; preparing and supporting teachers, and promoting STEM education. Initiatives include:

  • Helping launch and support the Northern New Mexico Coalition for Work-Based Learning
  • Providing grants to support tailored recruitment campaigns encouraging Native Americans to become teachers and counselors 
  • Preparing and supporting teachers in Northern New Mexico by expanding the current National Board Certification (NBC) training programs
  • Strengthening education opportunities with additional support for needs-based scholarships (both four-year, and two-year or trade certification)
  • Supporting the work of the Northern NM STEAM Coalition and Hub to nurture a thriving coalition for STEAM in the region
  • Providing funding to support Northern New Mexico students to participate in STEM competitions, including the NM Governor’s STEM Challenge.



Triad’s investment in the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) helped the regional economy throughout 2022:

  • RDC partnered with the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District and Santa Fe Community College to receive a $6.4M Good Jobs Challenge grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to expand the region’s healthcare and skilled trades workforce through training, apprenticeships, higher education, and job placement.
  • 48 regional businesses were awarded an average of $2,460 in Micro-Grant Fund grants to acquire services or equipment needed for growth.  
  • Six regional businesses were awarded no-interest loans through the Technology and Manufacturing (TEAM) Fund to assist with the cost of patent applications, equipment to increase production and efficiency, product packaging design and development, and ISO-9000 certification.
  • Nine tribal member-owned businesses from five Northern New Mexico pueblos were awarded grants averaging $5,200 through the Tribal Economic Diversity Fund.
  • Partnerships with six regional institutions of higher education continued throughout 2022. UNM-Taos, UNM-Los Alamos, Luna Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Northern New Mexico College, and Santa Fe Community College received funding for workforce training and education programs tailored to the region’s needs.



Triad magnified the generosity of Laboratory employees by providing a $0.50 on the dollar match for employee contributions to qualified charitable organizations in Northern New Mexico.

Triad’s support for United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) allowed it to continue its work to coordinate, fund and support other nonprofits working in three main focus areas: food assistance and housing, youth education and mentoring, and behavioral health and family support.

UWNNM highlights include:

  • Training 225 law enforcement, fire departments, and healthcare first responder personnel in the use of the UWNNM-funded 2-1-1 of Northern New Mexico non-emergency resource hotline
  • Supporting the UNITE! Nonprofit Network, which brought 56 nonprofit organizations together to host a regional Spring Nonprofit Expo to improve local coordination of direct services and directly engage 3,000 families
  • Coordinating the Live United Youth Program that provides opportunities to 100 college students to support nonprofit education and cultural program in Rio Arriba County.


Triad 2022 grants and sponsorships to the following organizations:

AAUW New Mexico
APS Education Foundation
Climate Advocates Voces Unidas
Communities In Schools of New Mexico
Future Focused Education
Girls Scouts of NM
LANL Foundation
Los Alamos District Science & Engineering Fair
Los Alamos Institutes
McCurdy School of Northern NM
National Dance Institute of NM
North American Digital Fabrication Alliance
R4 Creating
Santa Fe Children's Museum
STEM Santa Fe
STEMarts Lab
Summer Physics Camp for Young Women
Supercomputing Challenge
Twirl Play & Discovery Space
Vista Grande Library


Economic Diversity
American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico
ARIEL Community Internship Program
College & Career Plaza
Espanola Valley Chamber of Commerce
Hermit's Peak Watershed Alliance
Las Cumbres Community Services
Las Vegas First Community Service Foundation
Leadership NM
Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce
Los Alamos Institutes
Luna Community College Community Makerspace
MainStreet Las Vegas
MANA del Norte
New Mexico Cares
New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Business Alliance
Northern New Mexico College
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
Santa Fe Community College Foundation
Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Taos County Chamber of Commerce
UNM Los Alamos
UNM Taos


Community Giving
Triad match to regional nonprofits
Atalaya Search and Rescue
Bicycle Harvest
Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region
Bridge to Health NM
Casa Partners 4NMKids
Esperanza Shelter
Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries
Friends of the Shelter
Heart & Soul Animal Sanctuary
Kitchen Angels
Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding
Los Alamos Institutes
Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board
Mountain Canine Corps
Moving Arts
San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen
Santa Fe Children's Museum
Santa Fe Community Foundation Wildfire Relief
Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity
Santa Fe Youth Symphony
Self Help Inc.
St. Felix Pantry
St. Vincent Hospital Foundation
Taos County Chamber of Commerce
The Family YMCA
Youth Heartline


Letter from the Triad Board Chair, Michael Anastasio

Michael Anastasio
Michael Anastasio

It has now been over four years since Triad National Security, LLC took over the management and operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory.  It remains our aim to sustain and enhance the Laboratory’s partnership with the community for the benefit of the region, the Laboratory and our sponsor.

In those four years, Triad has invested $9.5 million through its Community Commitment Plan expanding and enhancing the reach of the Laboratory’s community work in education, economic diversity, and community giving.

The three members of Triad – Battelle Memorial Institute, the Texas A&M University System, and the University of California – are all public service-oriented organizations, and Triad is proud to play its part in helping Northern New Mexico thrive.

In 2022 Triad invested $2.5 million in the region including our major partnerships with the LANL Foundation, the Regional Development Corporation and the United Way of Northern New Mexico. A list of our other nonprofit grants and sponsorships is provided above.

Particular highlights include additional support for needs-based scholarships (both four-year, and two-year or trade certification), grants through the RDC to nine tribal member-owned businesses from five Northern New Mexico pueblos, and providing opportunities to 100 college students to support nonprofit education and cultural program in Rio Arriba through the United Way of Northern New Mexico’s Live United Youth Program.

Triad wholeheartedly supports the Laboratory’s continued commitment to be recognized as a force for good by Northern New Mexico communities, and looks forward to building on the impact of our investment in the years ahead.

Michael Anastasio
Board Chair, Triad National Security, LLC

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