Tafoya stays on as leader of New Mexico State Parks Division

April 8, 2019 GMT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s first female director of state parks will continue to lead the agency under Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration.

The state’s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department announced Monday that Christy Tafoya has been named director of the State Parks Division.

She was initially appointed to the position in 2015 under the administration of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, making her the first woman to hold the post since the agency was created in 1933.

Tafoya has been with the parks division for more than 20 years. She started there as the first state parks archaeologist and has managed statewide outdoor classroom programming.


Tafoya says she’s excited to increase offerings for park visitors.

Tafoya also serves on the executive board of the National Association of State Parks Directors.