Dear CESOSS Community,
It is always a bittersweet moment when positions you love, come to a close.
It has been an absolute honor to lead CESOSS over the years and I am proud of the work we’ve accomplished. From our advocacy work protecting and preserving land and water resources in our communities, to building an exemplary leadership institute for young leaders, to launching an idea that hopefully one day will become the first Acequia Education and Outreach Office in the Middle Rio Grande region, to so many more!
This work would not have been possible without the support from the community and the guidance from my Board – Alicia Chavez, Santiago Maestas, Andrea Lopez, Marcia Fernandez, and Dr. Rip Anderson. I will remain forever grateful to all of you for always believing in me and in the vision I set out for our small nonprofit.
Goodbyes are never easy, but I’ve realized that this one doesn’t feel as heart-wrenching because as one of the founding board members, I will always remain connected to CESOSS. We built CESOSS from the ground and it’s work like this that continues to be part of you.
I am happy to let the community know that we are currently working with CESOSS founder Jorge Garcia, on a solid transition plan that ensures the work continues strong. We are also excited that Lauren Baca, previous Leadership Institute intern, is part of the CESOSS team. Over the summer Lauren began her work with us as a Program Assistant, but will now serve in the capacity of Program Coordinator. We are so honored to have Lauren on our team!
Once again, my sincerest thanks to my beautiful community for the support, the friendship, and especially the teachings. I take that with me as I begin my new journey as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) where I’ll remain committed to working alongside communities in protecting Mother Earth.
This is not goodbye for our work dedicated to achieving justice in New Mexico continues.