Meet Our STAFF
New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) is home to a team of talented, dedicated professionals who provide a variety of programmatic, financial, development, environmental and other expertise. Their multicultural experience and widespread knowledge of New Mexico enables NMCF to build strong relationships and steward community resources statewide.
Contact our staff anytime for more information about NMCF.
President & CEO
JoAnn Melchor is a native of Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico 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. She is the former Development Director of Keres Children’s Learning Center in Cochiti Pueblo and has served as Executive Director of Southwest Youth Services, a nonprofit based at the Native American Community Academy campus in Albuquerque, NM. Melchor served on the board of New Mexico Foundation for three years prior to becoming President & CEO. Melchor is a lifelong volunteer and advocate for programs and educational activities that promote the well-being of children and positive development of communities.
“I am honored and excited to lead the mission of the New Mexico Foundation. My commitment is to strengthen our partnerships, build new relationships and garner resources to impact communities throughout New Mexico.”
Candy Carlson has been working in nonprofit development for 25 years, working in New Mexico, Colorado, and California. With an M.A. in Museum Studies and B.A. in Art, Candy spends her time visiting museums and photographing the beautiful land and light of New Mexico.
“I love the tranquility and open spaces of New Mexico.”
Grants & Scholarship Manager
Erika Davila has a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She moved to Santa Fe in 1999 to write for The New Mexican newspaper, where she covered education, immigration and other issues. She has spent the last decade working in the nonprofit world and is committed to doing her part to help strengthen New Mexico communities.
“I love the open space in New Mexico. I also discovered shortly after moving here that for the first time in my life, I could say my last name without someone asking how it was spelled.”
Carla Melendez comes to NMCF with over 30 years of nonprofit accounting experience. She received her M.B.A. from New Mexico Highlands University. Although born and raised in New York, Carla has made New Mexico home.
“I love the slow pace of northern New Mexico.”
Community Program Manager
Valerie Rangel worked as an experiential educator for IAIA, facilitating college and career readiness classes for parents and young adults for the native communities, an intern at the Water Quality Department at the Texas National Resource Conservation Commissions, as well as a Contributing Faculty member at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. She also has conducted archival research and preservation work for the New Mexico State Historian and State Archives and worked at Santa Fe Botanical Garden. During 2016, she worked as a research assistant and author of a Santa Fe County Health Impact Assessment, “Indian Health Services Budget and Urban Indian Budgeting Decisions.”
In April 2018, Valerie presented selections from her recently published book, “Environmental Justice in New Mexico: Counting Coup” at the National Environmental Justice conference in Washington, D.C. Currently, she also works part-time for the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers and will aid in community planning and development of the New Mexico Environmental Public Health Network.
“I’ve been captivated and truly enchanted by the clean air, sweet pinon smells, blue skies, farolito Christmases, art and loving community. New Mexico is not only home, the very land, water and particles of this place are now part of my body and mental being.”
Grants & Scholarship Program Assistant
Julie was a Peace Corps Honduras volunteer from 1998-2000, where she developed an affection for assisting underserved communities. She has a master’s degree in Water Resources from UNM and has lived in Santa Fe since 2001. She worked in the environmental field for seven years and volunteered for nonprofits in education for five years. Julie is thrilled to be working for an organization like NMCF, where she can combine her skills and passion.
“I love that New Mexico people have a pride and tradition that they abide by. I also adore the many beautiful open spaces to enjoy throughout the state.”