JoAnn Melchor is the First Native American Woman to Lead New Mexico Foundation

Melchor is a native of Santo Domingo Pueblo and has extensive experience working with New Mexico communities, as well as Native communities from across the country and Latin America. Melchor has devoted most of her career to working in the nonprofit world and has a track-record as a successful fundraiser, strategic planner and collaborator.

In her previous position, Melchor was director of advancement for the Keres Children’s Learning Center, a Cochiti Pueblo-based Montessori school that uses the Cochiti Keres language for daily instruction. Melchor has also served as executive director of Southwest Youth Services, director of Santo Domingo School’s 21st Century Community Learning Center and development and marketing manager for the American Indian Graduate Center in Albuquerque.

Prior to her appointment, Melchor served on the board of New Mexico Foundation for three years, as well as on the board of Silver Bullet Productions, an organization that teaches filmmaking to rural and tribal communities in the state. Melchor is a lifelong volunteer and advocate for programs that promote the well-being and development of children and communities.
New Mexico Foundation is the only statewide-serving community foundation, and Melchor will lead the organization in fulfilling its mission of stewarding resources, building partnerships, and creating opportunities that transform lives and communities throughout New Mexico.
“I am honored and excited to lead the mission of the New Mexico Foundation,” Melchor said. “My commitment is to strengthen our partnerships, build new relationships and garner resources to impact communities throughout New Mexico.”