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Claire Chase

The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) has announced the election of Claire Chase, government relations director with Mack Energy Corporation, as the organization’s new chairman of the Board of Directors.

Chase, a native of New Mexico, is the first woman, and youngest, to hold the chairmanship in the 90-year history of the NMOGA.

“I am honored to have been elected to lead an organization that represents New Mexico’s most important private industry, oil and natural gas,” said Chase. “Oil and natural gas producers across New Mexico contribute so much to our state, responsible for more than 100,000 New Mexico jobs and one-third of the state’s budget for schools, roads, and healthcare.

“Now more than ever, New Mexico needs a strong oil and gas industry to make our state stronger, and give our children the bright future they deserve. That’s what NMOGA and this industry has stood for, and we’ll continue to make all our children and their futures a priority.”

Mack Energy Corporation, an independent energy company founded in 1988 by Mack C. Chase, is involved in oil and natural gas exploration, development, and production in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. Headquartered in Artesia, the company is one of New Mexico’s leading private energy companies, employing nearly 1,000 people across the company and affiliates.

Chase succeeds Ken Waits, CEO of Mewbourne Oil Company, as chairman and has served on the NMOGA’s Board of Directors for three years. She previously worked as a legislative aide to Congressman Steve Pearce and as a financial advisor at the New Mexico Finance Authority.

Chase is a native of Roswell, where she graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. She then attended New Mexico State University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications. From 2017-18, she served as president of the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico. Chase and her husband, Mack Energy Vice President Chance Chase, reside in Roswell with their 2-year-old twins.

“Claire is an exciting leader for our organization, ushering in a new generation of leadership for the industry as we enter an unparalleled period of growth for oil and natural gas in New Mexico,” said NMOGA Executive Director Ryan Flynn. “Having been in and around this industry for her entire life, she understands firsthand the value of a strong energy sector and will fight to keep our industry, and New Mexico, strong.”