staff members



executive director

Jorge (He/Him) founded CESOSS with Santiago Maestas in 2011. He works for El Centro de la Raza and is enrolled in the Chicana/o Studies PhD Program at the University of New Mexico. He serves as the Mayordomo for the Armijo Acequia Association and developed the Quadruple Helix of Strategic Alliances, a social paradigm endorsed by the Organization of American States. Jorge is passionate about the social, cultural, political, and economic development of marginalized communities.


board members



board president 

Alicia is from New Mexico forever forever. Her mom’s family comes from Las Vegas, NM and her dad’s family comes from Torréon, NM. Alicia has dedicated her life to working in community for justice and peace. She currently works with Food Corps. She has a Bachelor’s in Communication and Journalism and a Master’s in Community and Regional Planning. Alicia loves plants, cookies, being an explorer and learning.


santiago maestas

board secretary 

Santiago co-founded CESOSS with Jorge Garcia. Santiago retired in 2001 after 25 years of public service to New Mexico.  Santiago currently serves as the President for the South Valley Regional Association of Acequias (SVRAA), Mayordomo for the Don Gabino Andrade Acequia Association, Commissioner of the Pajarito Acequia Association, and member of the Concilio of the New Mexico Acequia Association, and the President of the Board of Directors of La Plazita Institute.



board member 

Andrea is a grandmother to four grandchildren and a mother to three daughters. She holds a BA in Child Development from Cal State University, Northridge. She taught for 18 years in the LA Unified School District in California. She worked 5 years for Camp Fire Boys and Girls. Andrea dances with the Aztec Danza group, Circulo Solar Ollin Xochipilli and is the women’s leader at the Tsa-ya-toh Wi Wang Wacipilo (Sundance)

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dr. rip anderson

board tresurer

Biography not available.

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marcia fernandez

board member 

Biography not available.

Previous Board & staff members

CESOSS recognizes the long lasting hardworking of our previous board members.  We thank each of them for their impact.


Dr. virginia necochea

Past executive director

Biography not available.


fidel gonzalez

past board member

Biography not available.


Sonora Rodriguez


Biography not available.


gema gonzalez

past board member 

Biography not available.