Michelle Lujan Grisham
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…
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
Katrina Hotrum-Lopez served as the director of behavioral health services at Bernalillo County from 2016 to 2019 and previously served as the director of the county’s substance abuse programs. From 2007 to 2010, Hotrum-Lopez was deputy Cabinet secretary of the state Department of Health, one of several roles she held there.
Department of Agriculutre
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.
Children, Youth & Families Department
Brian Blalock was previously the law and policy director at Tipping Point Community, a Bay Area nonprofit that works to educate, employ, house and support impoverished residents. Blalock also founded and directed the Youth Justice Project, providing direct representation for Bay Area at-risk youth.
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.
Alicia Keyes was previously the film liaison for the city of Albuquerque, a role in which she initiated and oversaw the $1 billion agreement with Netflix to establish a landmark studio. She established a workforce training program with both the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College and was responsible for all film permitting and recruiting.
Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
Sarah Cottrell Propst previously served as the Executive Director of the Interwest Energy Alliance, a non-profit trade association that represents the nation’s leading companies in the renewable energy industry, from 2012 to 2018, bringing them together with non-governmental organizations in the West (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming).
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
Olivia Padilla-Jackson is a dedicated public servant with over 17 years of public finance and policy experience at the federal, state, and local level. She was previously the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Albuquerque and has also worked as a Trader/Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and as Director of the New Mexico State Board of Finance.
General Services Department
Ken Ortiz was previously the administrator of business services in the Secretary of State’s Office, where he served from 2011 through 2018. As administrator, he was directly responsible for the Business Services Division, which includes business-related filings for corporations, LLCs, partnerships and more.
Department of Health
Kathy Kunkel has worked seven years across different stints at the state Department of Health, the most recent four as deputy director, overseeing the bureau of behavioral supports, regional offices, litigation management and supported employment.
Higher Education Department
Kate O’Neill is a proven leader and innovator in New Mexico higher education, previously serving as chief executive officer of the University of New Mexico at Taos for 12 years, beginning in 2006, and as special assistant to the chief executive since her retirement in 2016.
Human Services Department
David R. Scrase, MD, is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He is a Board Certified Internist and Geriatrician, and previously served as the Interim Division Chief for General Internal Medicine and the Chief of Geriatrics at UNM.
Department of Indian Affairs
Lynn A. Trujillo brings two decades of experience working in partnership with native communities. She previously worked with Native American tribes and organizations throughout New Mexico as the Native American Coordinator for USDA Rural Development programs, bringing resources to communities across the state.
Department of Information Technology
Vincent Martinez brings over 30 years of experience working in information technology to the role of State CIO, with the unique combination of having been a state government employee, a small-business owner, an executive in the technology private sector, and serving as a state legislator.
New Mexico National Guard
Major General Kenneth A. Nava 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
William Scott Carreathers was previously the director of African American Student Services at the University of New Mexico, a role he has held for almost 20 years, since 2002. It’s the capstone work of a career in which he has spent more than 30 years leading progressive and innovative student-focused initiatives.
Department of Public Education
Ryan Stewart is an educator with diverse classroom and leadership experience in public education and education reform. He previously served as executive director of the Partners in School Innovation mid-Atlantic region and as executive director of the Office of School Improvement and Innovation at the School District of Philadelphia, the eighth-largest school district in the country.
Department of Public Safety
Mark Shea was previously the undersheriff of Valencia County and has worked in law enforcement for more than four decades, including nine years at the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Shea also served as Deputy Chief of the Albuquerque Public Schools Police Department.
Regulation and Licensing Department
Marguerite Salazar was previously the chief regulator of the state of Colorado, where she served as the executive director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies. She oversaw nine divisions and provides administrative oversight of the Colorado Office of Policy Research and Regulatory Reform and the broadband fund.
State Personnel Office
Pam Coleman previously worked in various White House roles in the administration of President Barack Obama. Coleman was special assistant to the president for leadership development; a special assistant for energy and the environment; and served as the director of the outreach and recruitment team in the presidential personnel office.
Taxation and Revenue Department
Stephanie Schardin Clarke has over fifteen years of experience working in New Mexico state and local government administration. She served as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Finance and Administration, where she oversaw the agency’s internal administration and was a member of several State policymaking boards and councils.
Department of Tourism
Jen Schroer most recently served as Executive Director of the Davis Chamber of Commerce in Davis, Calif, and also served on the California Economic Summit Council where she helped contribute to efforts to address income inequality and economic security. Prior to that, Schroer served as President & CEO of the New Mexico Hospitality Association.
Department of Transportation
Michael Sandoval has spent more than 20 years at the New Mexico Department of Transportation, most recently serving as executive manager of modal divisions, a role in which he oversaw 300 contracts and 12 ports of entry and major programs such as the Railrunner, commercial vehicle permitting and traffic safety.
Department of Veterans Services
Brig. Gen. Judy Griego is the first woman to ever be promoted to such rank in the New Mexico National Guard. She retired from a 36-year career in National Guard as the chief of staff of the New Mexico Air National Guard and also served as chief of the joint staff at New Mexico Joint Force Headquarters.
Department of Workforce Solutions
Bill McCamley was a Las Cruces-area state representative from 2012 through 2018. He was chairman of the House Labor and Economic Development Committee, where he oversaw progress on critical issues like wage theft and increasing the minimum wage. He has long been a statewide leader in job creation activities like workforce training, border trade and cannabis legalization.
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