Meet Our Board of Directors

SMALL ACTION, BIG IMPACT
Your partner in philanthropy for 36 years

New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) Board of Directors is a volunteer group of community leaders and professionals with a deep passion for philanthropy and a commitment to the people and places of New Mexico. Their unique and diverse interests, vision, and experience provide inspired leadership on vital issues that impact all New Mexicans.

Read on to learn about Board members’ community work in New Mexico and beyond.

Anpao Duta Flying Earth

Albuquerque, NM

Anpao Duta Flying Earth is the executive director of the Native American Community Academy (NACA) in Albuquerque, NM and has represented NACA as a premiere example of indigenous education nationwide. Flying Earth has served as an instructor, the school’s outreach and community programs coordinator, director of enrollment and community relations, head of the School, and Associate Director. In addition, Flying Earth founded and taught the first Lakota language program in New Mexico as well as Indigenous Studies.

Flying Earth grew up on Standing Rock Reservation in South and North Dakota. He is Lakota, Dakota, Ojibwe, and Akimel O’odham. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Government and earned a M.B.A. as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the University of New Mexico.

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Albuquerque, NM

Laura Hall is a senior portfolio manager with REDW Stanley providing investment advice to individuals, corporations, and pension clients. She is a voting member and Secretary for the REDW Stanley Investment Committee. Hall joined REDW Stanley after years of experience as a financial analyst and relationship manager with various major brokerage firms and financial institutions. Hall holds the IMCA Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) certification and the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation. She is a member of the CFA Institute, Investment Management Consultants Association, Financial Planning Association, and New Mexico Estate Planning Council. Hall has served as Chair of the firm’s United Way Campaign for three years after being a member of the Committee for a number of years. She also served as the Secretary and Vice Chairman of the Board of Public Accountancy for the state of New Mexico.

David S. Henkel, Ph.D.; CHAIRDavid-Henkel

Santa Fe, NM

David S. Henkel is Professor Emeritus of Community and Regional Planning at the University of New Mexico where he taught for 24 years, specializing in Natural Resources and Environmental Planning, Rural Community Development, and International Development. Previously he served the State of New Mexico as Director of Economic Development, Director of International Trade, chief planner for the NM office of the Southwest Border Regional Commission, and as a specialist in alternative energy. Dr. Henkel holds a doctoral degree in the Sociology of International Development and two degrees in South Asia Regional Studies. Living in northern New Mexico since 1975, he currently resides in Santa Fé. He has and continues to serve on the Program and Grants Committee of NMCF.

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Cochiti Pueblo, NM

Regis Pecos was born, raised, and is a lifelong member and resident of Cochiti Pueblo. A member of the Cochiti Tribal Council for 28 years, he served numerous times as Lt. Governor and Governor. Pecos was one of the first Native Americans elected to a New Mexico local school board. He also served on the Board of the Santa Fe Indian School and chaired the Board for 15 years. He co-founded the New Mexico Leadership Institute, a Think Tank for native people, and has served in a number of US congressionally appointed positions.

Pecos is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Honoring Nations at Harvard University and serves as a senior advisor and faculty to the Native Nations Institute of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. He recently received an appointment to the School of Public Policy as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico, where he has taught. He is also the only Native American member of the New Mexico Judicial Evaluation Commission, an appointment he received by the New Mexico State Supreme Court. He is also a member of the Board of the New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty.

Pecos, for 16 years, was the longest serving Executive Director of the New Mexico Indian Affairs Office. He has also received two New Mexico distinguished public service awards. He was Chief of Staff to the late Speaker Ben Lujan, serving in that position for 12 years. In January of 2013, Pecos became the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Majority Office in the New Mexico House of Representatives and the Chief of Staff to the Majority Floor Leader. He is also is the author of a number of publications about Pueblo language, Pueblo culture, federal Indian law and policies, environmental management, education, economic development, and water rights.

Kenneth Pin

Santa Fe, NM

Originally from New York City, Kenneth Pin is the son of immigrants from Shanghai, China. At Hunter College, Pin majored in History and minored in Sociology. Pin moved to New Mexico in 1992 and attained a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning at the University of New Mexico in 2000.

Pin has worked as a Planner with Santa Fe County Land Use Department and as the Planning and Grants Officer for the Northern Pueblos Housing Authority working with the Pueblos of Taos, San Ildefonso, Picuris, and Tesuque. Thus began his association working in Indian Country. Pin’s primary responsibilities were to draft the Indian Housing Plans, in order to attain block grant funds from HUD.

Pin moved onto the Santo Domingo Tribe in 2003 as their Tribal Planner and eventually their Planning Director, staying on until 2014. From there Pin moved to the Pueblo of Isleta in an administrative capacity as their Public Services Director. Next, Pin served as Tribal Administrator at the Pueblo of Cochiti overseeing 7 programs.

Marshall Poolepoolemarshall

Las Vegas, NM

Based in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Marshall Poole is a media producer and technical director of some of the country’s largest conventions. He was a founding board member and past president of the Northeastern (New Mexico) Regional Community Foundation. Poole is Interim President of the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico and liaison to Animal Protection New Mexico. He has been a volunteer and board member of a number of not-for-profit organizations. He is recipient of numerous awards, including the “Service Above Self” award from the Rotary District that comprises New Mexico.

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Nancy Pope

Albuquerque, NM

Nancy Pope has more than 14 years of nonprofit program officer, operations, and fundraising experience in health and human services work. She is the current Manager of Operations and Program Manager for Presbyterian Center for Community Health. In her past, she has served as Vice President of Development for Adelante Development Center and Storehouse NM, as well as the Founder and Executive Director of New Mexico Collaboration to End Hunger. In addition, as an independent consultant, she has assisted several community-based and state-based programs that addressed hunger: by providing strategic direction, operational planning, program development and management, and programming assistance and policy work, as well as directing fund development, writing statewide plans, and developing a granting process for a major corporation.
Pope’s first career was in the Investment Industry for over 20 years. She has served on numerous nonprofit Boards and Advisory Committees. Pope earned a M.B.A. from Loyola University in Chicago and B.A. in Marketing from Michigan State University.

Rosemary Romero

Santa Fe, NM

For the past 30 years, Rosemary Romero has designed and facilitated numerous public involvement projects, assessed the potential for neutral conflict resolution services in diverse cases, consulted with public and private organizations on the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques. She has facilitated controversial issues with various federal, state, and local governments and nonprofit organizations, as well as led strategic planning efforts for numerous organizations both public and private.

Romero is the former President of Western Network, a nonprofit organization that developed an extensive practice centered on conflict resolution specific to natural resource issues such as water planning and land use planning. She completed four years as an elected City of Santa Fe Councilor and is a former member of the City of Santa Fe Planning Commission. Romero has served many nonprofits in Santa Fe as an active board member and supporter of community efforts.

Tess Wilkes

Santa Fe, NM

Tess Wilkes joined the NMCF board in 2016 and is happy to serve NMCF as a board member based in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she was born and raised. Since graduating from UNM Law School in 2012, Wilkes has held various public interest legal roles, serving clients from farmworkers to survivors of domestic violence throughout the state. Wilkes is currently a staff attorney at Santa Fe Dreamers’ Project. Wilkes is also the proud wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend of fellow New Mexicans making great contributions to our state.