New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2012
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Kimberly (Kim) C. Sawyer
For Kim Sawyer, Deputy Laboratories Director and Executive V.P. for Mission Support at Sandia National Laboratories, work is never just a job, nor is a community just a place to live. “Her conduct and character are continually focused on making she touches better for everyone,” reads her letter of nomination. Ms. Sawyer joined Sandia in November 2010, following an impressive career as V.P. for Technical Operations at Lockheed Martin’s Mission System & Sensors, where she led an engineering and technology workforce of 6,700. Previously, she had years of successful experience with DuPont, TRW, Xerox and Coca-Cola Enterprise.

Ms. Sawyer’s efforts have strengthened Sandia’s ability to fulfill its national security mission, and broadened the Labs’ community outreach. She is an executive mentor with Sandia’s Wounded Warrior program, with the goal of helping wounded veterans get into the workforce and develop career-based skills and experience. Indeed, Ms. Sawyer has been passionate about mentoring fellow workers to fulfill their potential. She understands the importance of setting an example, and does not ask more of her employees than she is willing to give.

Ms. Sawyer is a strong supporter of Sandia’s Community Involvement organization, which has long been viewed as a good example of positive community engagement and employee voluntarism. For example: Sandia employees and retirees contributed over $5.5 million in 2012 through the United Way of Central New Mexico, the year Ms. Sawyer served as the organization’s campaign chair. Employees in 2012 also provided a new pair of shoes to more than 500 Albuquerque-area children through its Shoes for Kids Program. Other annual Sandia programs benefiting local students include book and school-supply drives.

During the holidays, employees provide gifts to more than 450 children living in foster care. Ms. Sawyer also has championed Sandia’s participation in holiday food drives, family science nights, family math nights, CroSSlinks, Habit for Humanity, high school science bowls and the N.M. Hydrogen Fuels Challenge for middle-school students.

Ms. Sawyer has been a strong supporter of the Labs’ outreach programs, including MANOS, a school-based STEM program provided by the Hispanic Leadership Outreach Committee, which provides science and engineering learning for Rio Grande and West Mesa cluster students each spring; and the American Indian Outreach Committee (Dream Catchers), a hands-on engineering and science learning program that targets native youth. She also is an active supporter of Sandia’s Women’s Action Network (SWAN), which is committed to building a positive and welcoming work environment for all women at Sandia, through advocacy, awareness, philanthropy and networking opportunities.