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Michelle Lujan Grisham

Governor

Michelle Lujan Grisham is the thirty-second governor of the state of New Mexico, the first Democratic Latina to be elected governor in U.S. history…

Howie Morales

Lt. Governor

Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales, raised in Silver City, New Mexico, has spent his whole life working to improve the lives of people in his community and across our state…

Aging and Long-Term Services Department

Jen Paul Schroer is currently serving as the Cabinet Secretary Designate for the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department. Most recently, she served as the Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department, which celebrated an all-time record year in spending during her tenure.

Department of Agriculture

Jeff M. Witte currently is President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, a past president of the Western United States Agriculture Trade Association and on the board and past president of the Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Teresa Casados

Children, Youth & Families Department

Teresa Casados brings over 20 years of executive leadership experience and she is one of the most trusted, tenured civil servants in State Government. In her role as Chief Operating Officer for the Office of the Governor, she executed plans, built teams, and took action to realize the goal and vision of the Executive.

Department of Corrections

Alisha Tafoya Lucero has nearly two decades of experience in the New Mexico Corrections Department, beginning in 2001 as a classification officer and serving as Deputy Warden and Interim Warden of the Penitentiary of New Mexico and Interim Warden of Springer Correctional Facility.

Department of Cultural Affairs

Debra Garcia y Griego was previously the director of the city of Santa Fe Arts Commission, a position she held since 2012, during which time she led the city’s efforts to support arts and cultural affairs. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.

Early Childhood Education & Care Department

Elizabeth Groginsky has more than two decades of executive leadership experience administering public and private human service organizations at the national, state and local levels. She previously served as the assistant superintendent of early learning for the District of Columbia, a role she held for nearly five years.

Mark Roper

Economic Development Department

Mark Roper was named Acting EDD Cabinet Secretary by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in January 2024. He is a seventh-generation New Mexican with a long background in government, media, marketing, and community service. Roper joined the EDD in 2014 as a community, rural, and business development representative and was named Division Director for Economic Development in 2019.

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Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department

Dylan Fuge was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department in December 2023, after serving as Director of the agency’s Oil Conservation Division. Prior to becoming the OCD Director, Mr. Fuge was EMNRD’s General Counsel. Mr. Fuge is a natural resources and public lands attorney with 15+ years of experience in both the private and public sectors advising clients on complex natural resources and regulatory issues.

Environment Department

James Kenney has spent more than 21 years across two stints at the Environmental Protection Agency, most recently as senior policy advisor for oil and gas, working with senior agency leadership and designing strategies to support environmentally responsible development of oil and natural gas resources while working with states, tribes, federal agencies and industries on regulatory and policy matters.

Department of Finance and Administration

Wayne Propst has two decades of experience in state and federal government and financial management, including nearly a decade as executive director of the Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico, where he oversaw a $15.5 billion trust fund and worked with Gov. Lujan Grisham to enact comprehensive pension reform to improve the fund’s long-term solvency.

Robert E Doucette

General Services Department

Robert E. Doucette, Jr. has been in public service for over 25 years. He worked at the WCA from April, 2011 to May, 2015, overseeing the agency’s operations and support functions. He has served as deputy manager of Sandoval County and was Deputy Superintendent of Insurance for New Mexico from 2015 to 2021.

Department of Health

Patrick M. Allen is a regulator and public health professional with a proven record of improving health care systems. Allen has spent more than 30 years in public service, most recently serving as the director of the Oregon Health Authority under Gov. Kate Brown.

Higher Education Department

Stephanie Rodriguez previously served as Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Lujan Grisham, focused on policies and issues surrounding education, military affairs, and the national laboratories. Prior to joining state government, Rodriguez worked for then-Representative Lujan Grisham in the United States Congress.

Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

David Dye has nearly 30 years of experience in Homeland Security as an Officer in the U.S. military and ten years of experience in military Emergency Management.  He has served on major staffs both in the United States and overseas supporting thousands of sailors, soldiers, airmen, Marines, their families and civilian employees.

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Human Services Department

Kari Armijo serves as the Cabinet Secretary of the Human Services Department, where she has over two decades of experience. Her roles have included acting Medicaid director, deputy director of the Medical Assistance Division, and Affordable Care Act implementation director.

Josett Monette

Department of Indian Affairs

Josett Monette is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. She currently serves as the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD). As Cabinet Secretary, Josett oversees IAD’s programs, including tribal environmental, tribal consultation, and MMIP initiatives. Her General Counsel work consists of providing advice and counsel on a variety state and tribal matters and advising the Department on a variety of internal policies.

Raja Sambandam

Department of Information Technology

Raja Sambandam was named the Department of Information Technology Acting Cabinet Secretary in June 2023. Mr. Sambandam joined DoIT in April of 2020 as the State Chief Information Security Officer. As an Information Technology professional, he brings more than 20 years of experience in Information Technology and business in the areas of Banking, Finance, Taxation, Healthcare, and Manufacturing.

Major General Miguel Aguilar

New Mexico National Guard

Major General Miguel Aguilar serves as the Adjutant General for the State of New Mexico. As the Adjutant General, he serves as senior military advisor to the Governor and is responsible for providing the State of New Mexico and the United States with a ready force of citizen Airmen and Soldiers.

Office of African American Affairs

Charles Reado serves as the acting executive director of the Office of African American Affairs. He has dedicated his life to public service, serving in the armed forces, in law enforcement, as a first responder, and in New Mexico state government.

Department of Public Education

Dr. Arsenio Romero, a native New Mexican and son of an educator, has spent the last quarter-century serving New Mexico communities as a school and district leader. Prior to his appointment as Public Education Department Secretary-designate, Dr. Romero served as superintendent of Los Lunas Schools and superintendent and CEO of Deming Public Schools.

Department of Public Safety

A respected police officer and administrator, Jason R. Bowie has worked in New Mexico law enforcement for decades. Bowie retired as the Deputy Chief of the Rio Rancho Police Department after a distinguished 27-year career in 2021 before being named Secretary of the Department of Public Safety. Throughout his career, he has sought to build relationships with communities and to support officers in their mission to protect and serve.

Regulation and Licensing Department

Clay Bailey has been appointed Superintendent of the Regulation and Licensing Department, and will continue to oversee the Construction Industries Division and the Manufactured Housing Division.

Shardin Clarke

Taxation and Revenue Department

Stephanie Schardin Clarke has over 20 years of experience in New Mexico government administration. She previously served as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Finance and Administration, Director of the State Board of Finance, and as Santa Fe County Finance Director.

Lancing Adams

Department of Tourism

Lancing Adams currently serves as the Acting Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department. Lancing brings with him a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to serving as the Acting Cabinet Secretary, Lancing served as the Department’s Tourism Development Director.

Department of Transportation

Ricky Serna has worked in state government for over a dozen years and previously served as acting leadership for the Department of Workforce Solutions and the State Personnel Office. Prior to joining the administration he served as the interim president at Luna Community College.

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Department of Veterans Services

Brigadier General Jamison Herrera is a native of New Mexico and has completed 34 years of service to our great state and nation. He enlisted as a Private First Class in 1989 as a member of the 515th Maintenance Battalion in Santa Fe and went on to receive his commission through the Officer Candidate School class 33-91. He is currently assigned as Deputy Adjutant General for the New Mexico National Guard.

Department of Workforce Solutions

Sarita Nair is a proven leader in the government field, most recently serving as Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Albuquerque, overseeing 22 departments and a city budget of over $1.2 billion. Prior to working for the city, she was Chief Governmental Accountability Officer and General Counsel for the Office of the State Auditor.

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Contact

The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is located on the fourth floor of the New Mexico State Capitol in Room 400.

Address:
490 Old Santa Fe Trail Room 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Phone: (505) 476-2200
Toll free: (833) 520-0020

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