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Antonia Roybal-Mack

  • Gender: Female
  • University: New Mexico State University
  • University: University of New Mexico
  • Hometown: Mora
  • State: Nevada
  • Organization: Roybal-Mack & Cordova P.C.
  • Position Title: Attorney
  • HSF Leadership Role: Member, HSF Advisory Council, New Mexico

Born in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and raised in nearby Mora, Antonia Roybal-Mack is the middle of nine children. Most of them are HSF Scholars and all of them hold graduate degrees, as do her parents. Her father has a master’s degree in education and is a farmer. Her mother, who is also an HSF Scholar, finished her PhD in education at the age of 63 and is a vice president at a community college.

Antonia Roybal-Mack points to “abject poverty” as her motivation to pursue a higher education. “I grew up in a very poor community in a very poor home. I knew the only way out was through education,” she explains. But the road to achieving her educational and professional goals put her to the test. “I have faced racial obstacles and obstacles as a woman. I have faced financial obstacles in obtaining both degrees. I had a lack of language skills and lack of worldly experiences going into college."

Undaunted, she not only attended New Mexico State University, where she excelled, but was also appointed by the state’s governor, to be the student member of the university’s Board of Regents. Interested in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management, she was active in a student organization devoted to the topic and graduated with bachelor’s degree in this field. She then went on to earn a JD at The University of New Mexico School of Law, where she was a member of the Mexican American Law Student Association.

In 2011, after six years of experience at another firm, she opened her own—Roybal-Mack & Cordova P.C. “I am now the owner of likely the larges Hispanic owned firm in New Mexico,” she said, “…where I have the ability to say ‘yes.’"  She adds that “tenacity, honesty, and never, ever giving up” led to her current success.

Outside of her professional career, Antonia Roybal-Mack gives back to her community through service as a board member of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation and the vice president of the New Mexico Women’s Bar Association.

She is also a member of the HSF Advisory Council in Albuquerque, and champions the importance of HSF’s work to increase access to higher education for the Hispanic community. Antonia credits her HSF Scholarship with allowing her to continue her own education and also cites it as a motivation for her service, both to the organization and to the community. “HSF built a bridge for me, and now I need to build a bridge for others,” she explains.

In recognition of her professional work, she has received the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Attorney award, New Mexico Business Weekly’s Best of the Bar, Albuquerque Business First’s 40 Under 40, the American Bar Association’s On the Rise Top 40 Young Lawyers, the New Mexico Women’s Bar Association’s Henrietta Pettijohn Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2017 Business First Innovation Award.

She advises students who are preparing to graduate from college and launch their professional careers, to decide their own outcomes by determining what drives them and why, and then to pursue those things with vigor. “Don't look back,” she encourages. “There will be lessons, they will be painful, but they are just lessons. Keep going forward. Where you focus you will end up, so focus on the goal and make every decision in line with getting to the goal.”