Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s cabinet appointees

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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced the following cabinet appointments.

*Note: This story will continually be updated as Lujan Grisham announces more appointees. 

Alicia Keyes: Economic Development Department 

Since 2005, Keyes has been the chief executive officer and a producer at AJK Films. In 1998, she was the executive director of worldwide acquisitions for the Walt Disney Company. 

Alice Liu McCoy: Secretary of Aging and Long-time Services

McCoy is currently an attorney at Disability Rights New Mexico. She has represented New Mexicans with disabilities in systemic impact litigation, individual cases and legislative and regulatory advocacy. McCoy has a law degree from the University of Texas and an undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University.  

Brian Blalock: Children, Youth and Families Department

Blalock is the law and policy director at Tipping Point Community, a Bay Area nonprofit that educates, employ, house and support impoverished residents. He co-founded and co-directed an initiative targeting youth homelessness in San Francisco. He also co-founded the Youth Leadership Program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Bill McCamley: Secretary of Workforce Solutions

McCamley has been a Las Cruces-area state representative since 2012. He was also the chairman of the House Labor and Economic Development Committee. He graduated from Mayfield High School and New Mexico State University. He also graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. McCamley also served as a Dona Ana County Commissioner and as the executive director of the New Mexico Rural Development Council.

Pam Coleman: State Personnel Office

Coleman has worked in various White House roles in the administration of President Barack Obama. Shee was a special assistant to the president for leadership development, special assistant for energy and the environment and served as the director of the outreach and recruitment team in the presidential personnel office. Prior to that, Coleman was the White House liaison for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

David Scrase: Human Services Department

Scrase is a professor and section chief for geriatrics at the University of New Mexico. According to the UNM Newsroom, Scrase has know Lujan Grisham for 20 years and thinks her platform on health care is strong. 

Debra Garcia y Griego: Secretary of Cultural Affairs

Garcia y Griego is the director of the city of Santa Fe Arts Commission. She also developed the nation’s first municipal ordinance addressing the forgery of Native American arts and crafts and led the development of Santa Fe’s first cultural plan, “Culture Connects Santa Fe.” She is also a member of the Executive Committee of Americans for the Arts.

Jackie White: Secretary of the Homeland Security Department and Emergency Management 

White is a long-time captain at Albuquerque Fire Rescue and has a master’s degree in homeland security. She is a member of the Intrastate Mutual Aid System. White has also managed emergency response for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and all city-sponsored special events.

James Kenney: Environment Department 

Kenney has spent more than 21 years across two stints at the Environment Protection Agency. He was also recently a senior policy advisor for oil and gas. Kenney has also served as a senior environmental engineer at the EPA. 

Jen Schroer: Tourism Department 

Schroer is the executive director of the Davis, California chamber of commerce. She previously was the president and chief executive of the New Mexico Hospitality Association. Schroer has served in the state Tourism Department before, as director of strategic partnerships.

Brig. Gen. Judy Griego: Department of Veterans Services

Griego is the first woman to ever be promoted to that rank in the New Mexico National Guard. Before her retirement in 2016 after a 36-year career, Griego was chief of staff of the New Mexico Air National Guard. She’s a native New Mexican, Griego first enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1979 and served her first twelve years in the enlisted ranks, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. She also commanded in numerous positions and deployed to Iraq in 2007.

Karen Trujillo: Public Education Department Secretary

Trujillo has 25 years of experience in education. She currently serves as the Interim Associate Dean for Research at the NMSU College of Education. Trujillo is also the Research Director for NMSU’s Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. She has worked in four different districts and charters as well as with educators in over 30 districts across New Mexico. 

Kate O’ Neill: Secretary of Higher Education

O’Neill is the former CEO of the University of New Mexico’s campus in Taos. She also served as executive director of Wellspring Taos and a clinical director of Taos’ Community Against Violence.

Kathy Kunkel: Department of Health

Kunkle has worked for seven years in different stints at the state Department of Health. In the past four years, she was the deputy director, overseeing the bureau of behavioral supports, regional offices, litigation management and supported employment. She also worked as an assistant attorney general from 2004-2007. Kunkle also worked eight years at the UNM Health Science Center, beginning as a pediatric social worker 

Ken Ortiz: Cabinet Secretary for General Services Department 

Ortiz is the current administrator of business services in the Secretary of State’s Office, where he has served since 2011. He was also chief of staff for the Public Relations Commission to the Secretary of State’s Office. Ortiz also served as the Secretary of the Workforce Solutions Department from 2009 to 2010 and was the deputy secretary in the same cabinet before that. 

Marguerite Salazar: Superintendent of the New Mexico Licensing and Regulation Department

Salazar was previously the chief regulator of the state of Colorado. Prior to that, she was Colorado’s insurance commissioner. Salazar has also served as the regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Denver. 

Mark Shea: Department of Public Safety

Shea is the undersheriff of Valencia County and has worked in law enforcement for more than four decades. He worked in the Department of Public Safety for nine years in the training and recruiting division. Shea also served as chief of the department’s advanced training bureau and as an instructor in the critical incident training bureau. He has also worked almost 30 years in the Albuquerque Public Schools Police Department. 

Mike Sandoval: State Department of Transportation

Overseen the Rail Runner and is a division director within the department. He also served as division director fo the office of safety programs, planning divisions and traffic safety division. Sandoval also served as division director of the Motor Vehicle Divison. He has been chairman of the Member Services Committee of the Governor’s Highway Safety Association and regional representative of the Governor’s Highway Safety Association executive board.

Nicole Comeaux: Director of the Medical Assistance Division of the Human Services Department

Comeaux served as a senior advisor in the Data and Systems Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Washington D.C. She has also served as a public health analyst for the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Olivia Padilla-Jackson: Department of Finance and Administration

Padilla-Jackson comes from Albuquerque city government. She is a former director of the state Board of Finance.

Sarah Cottrell Propst: State Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department

Cottrell Propst is the executive director of the Interwest Energy Alliance.

Stephanie Schardin Clarke: Taxation and Revenue Department

Schardin Clarke has over 15 years of experience working in finance. She is the Finance Director for Santa Fe County, where she oversees audits, budget, procurement, and other financial functions, in addition to monitoring revenue and expenditures. She has worked for the Legislative Finance Committee, the State Board of Finance, and the Department of Finance and Administration.

Lynn A. Trujillo: Department of Indian Affairs

Trujillo brings two decades of experience working in partnership with native communities. She currently works with Native American tribes and organizations throughout New Mexico as the Native American Coordinator for USDA Rural Development programs.

Vincent Martinez: Secretary of the Department of Information Technology

Martinez previously worked as a senior account executive at the EMC Corp in Albuquerque as a territory manager for NetApp, and as a state representative from Rio Rancho (1993-1996).

William Scott Carreathers: Office of African American Affairs

Carreathers is the director of African American Student Services at the University of New Mexico. He has held that role for almost 20 years. He has also advised student organizations and individual students for the past 30 years. 

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