Who We Are

Who We Are

The Marshall L. and Perrine D. McCune Charitable Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to the well-being of New Mexicans. We honor our benefactors through proactive grantmaking that supports increased resilience and prosperity in New Mexico communities. 

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The Marshall L. and Perrine D. McCune Charitable Foundation is dedicated to enriching the health, education, environment, cultural, and spiritual life of New Mexicans. The Foundation memorializes its benefactors through proactive grantmaking that seeks to foster positive social change.

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We embrace a set of values inherent to all aspects of our organization. These are inspired by our organizational leadership, our grantmaking experience, and perhaps most importantly, our relationships with New Mexicans and communities in New Mexico. These values include:

Collaboration: We believe that collaboration is key to confronting our state’s greatest challenges. We value opportunities to work cooperatively with our nonprofit and philanthropic partners to identify shared goals, build alignment of purpose and co-create the outcomes we wish to see in the world.

Transparency: We believe that decisions and agreements made in the dark cast no light on the world. We value transparency in all our processes and practices to ensure that our partners trust our decisions as fairly supporting their individual communities within a shared statewide ecosystem of work and success.

Leadership: We believe that large-scale change never happens spontaneously or in a vacuum. We value the primary, positive role of informed, community-based leadership in creating change in the sectors and organizations we serve as well as within the philanthropic community.

Community Relevance: We believe that solutions developed elsewhere may not always be relevant to the diverse peoples and communities that comprise New Mexico’s unique cultural landscape. We value the promise of place-based solutions by funding work that is immersed in local knowledge, reflects and respects local cultures and is relevant to each community we serve.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: We believe in principles of diversity, equity and inclusion to drive decision making and effect change. We value programs and services provided by organizations whose internal structures ensure diverse community participation and whose leaders share the history and culture of the communities served.

Risk Taking and Innovation: We believe that some of the best solutions are developed through a thoughtful process of trial and error. We value organizations that challenge conventional approaches by embracing innovation and engaging in measured, well-considered risk-taking to develop and implement the most relevant programs and services for their communities.

A Culture of Learning and Continuous Improvement: We believe that some of the best lessons are learned from having the freedom to take chances and make mistakes. We value organizations that aspire to a culture of learning and continuous improvement through practices of sharing, listening and building upon the wisdom gained through thoughtful and reflective community work.

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Carla Romero

Carla Romero

Executive Director

Carla is a multi-generational native New Mexican who grew up in La Plaza Vieja and the North Valley of Albuquerque. She has worked at the Foundation since January 2012 (as Administrative Director, Interim Executive Director and now as ED).  Under Carla’s tenure, technological and systems upgrades continue to move the work forward. But more importantly, she is interested in fostering a collaborative and equitable culture for our lean team and for the communities we serve. Carla will continue to work with the Board and team to advance the Foundation’s mission and strategic plans as well as carefully manage the Foundation’s resources and operations.

Before coming to McCune, Carla worked with underrepresented groups of students and professionals in several capacities including as Director of Programs at the Computing Research Association, Director of the Academic Center for Engineers and Scientists at The University of Texas at El Paso, and Associate Director of the NASA Training Project at The University of New Mexico (as well as volunteering on arts, civic engagement and STEM-related boards and committees).  Carla holds a B.A. in English Pre-law and Art Studio and a Masters in Public Administration specializing in management and policy development. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, cooking and exploring paths along the acequia.


Henry Rael

Henry Rael

Director of Strategy and Initiatives

Henry has more creative ideas than you can shake a stick at. He brings almost twenty years of entrepreneurial experience across a broad range of industries and more than ten years’ experience in grassroots community and enterprise development to the Foundation. He began his work at the McCune Charitable Foundation as Program Officer in July 2012. His responsibilities include reviewing programs, strategizing with grantees and ensuring consistent communication from the Foundation.

He has two great kids, a beautiful wife and a small farm in the South Valley. Born and raised in Albuquerque,  he cherishes his deep roots in New Mexico, with his children being the 14th generation of his family in the state.

Ernesto Torres

Ernesto Torres

Director of Grantmaking and Community Inclusion

Ernesto has worked extensively with international artists, individuals, and groups from diverse backgrounds and across a range of artistic media. His experience with non-profits, economic development, education, arts and community, and rural development is aligned with the Foundation’s mission and work. A member of the McCune team since late 2015, Ernesto Torres is the go-to person for all aspects of the Foundation’s grantmaking, including accessibility for both grantseekers and staff (technical support and troubleshooting),  application review and awards processes support; and a range of related, essential, external and internal communications throughout the year.  Ernesto also manages the Discretionary grant program.

A native Santa Fean, Ernesto’s professional experience is significantly shaped by an inherent desire to learn through inquiry, experimentation and adventure. Over the years, Ernesto has developed a passion for folk art and traditional cultures. He also enjoys reading mysteries that reveal local and global cultural idiosyncrasies.

Allison Hagerman

Allison Hagerman

Director of Learning and Operations

Allison has been with the McCune Charitable Foundation since 2015, where she focuses on work related to collaborative efforts and utilizing grantee feedback to inform responsive grant making practices.  She has a decade of experience working to support and coordinate grant-funded efforts, and over a decade of experience in post-secondary teaching and research.

Allison’s maternal family is rooted in the northern part of the state, but she loves green and red equally. She’s been learning from New Mexico’s cultural landscapes for as long as she can remember.

Erin Taylor

Erin Taylor


Erin has over twenty years of experience in nonprofit accounting and is masterful at ensuring accuracy, timeliness and excellence in McCune’s financial management. When she’s not busy keeping us on track, Erin enjoys hikes in the beautiful New Mexico outdoors.

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Sarah McCune Losinger - Chair

Aaron Cathey

David McCune Edwards

James Marshall Edwards

John McCune Edwards

John Raymond Losinger

Michelle McCune - Vice Chair

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Marshall Lockhart McCune and Perrine C. Dixon

Marshall Lockhart McCune was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on December 17, 1908, the fifth child and fourth son of a banker and an oil company heiress.  He was educated at Shady Side Academy and raised in the sixth United Presbyterian Church.  After graduating from Princeton University in 1930, Marshall volunteered as an officer in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in the Far East as a Special Services Officer.  In 1946 he received an honorable discharge from the Army and was told by his cousin, who had summered at Ghost Ranch, that he should visit New Mexico. After a lengthy trip through the Southwest and West, Marshall's journey ended in Santa Fe, where he settled at Bishop's Lodge.

Perrine C. Dixon was born on October 27, 1904, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was the only child of William A. Dixon, a banker, and his wife, Corrine Kilpatrick.  She received the finest schooling of the South. Her grandfather, Dr. Brandt V. B. Dixon, was the first president of Sophie Newcomb College, the women's coordinate college of Tulane University and the model for later partnerships such as Harvard University and Radcliffe College, Brown University and Pembroke College, and Columbia University and Barnard College. In 1925 Perrine graduated from Sophie Newcomb College. Perrine's father, never a well man, was instructed by his doctor to retire to the Southwest, as his health would deteriorate in the Gulf Coast climate. The family then moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Marshall McCune and Perrine Dixon met at a party at Bishop's Lodge.  They married in Bishop Lamy's Chapel on January 6, 1949, and established residency in Tesuque. The McCunes became a significant part of the artistic and cultural life of Santa Fe, practicing a quiet, often anonymous kind of philanthropy. They were principal supporters of the Santa Fe Opera, the Maternal and Child Health Center, the School of American Research, the Santa Fe Boys and Girls Club, and other charitable causes.

Marshall died on December 13, 1975.  In 1989, Perrine established The McCune Charitable Foundation to further their philanthropic legacy.  Since Perrine’s death on March 7, 1991, the Foundation has continued to honor the McCunes' vision through its grantmaking.

More Information on the Foundation’s Grantmaking

More Information on the Foundation’s Grantmaking