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Wins New Mexico Land
Democrat Stephanie Garcia
Richard has become the first
woman in New Mexico elected
to serve as state land commissioner.
Garcia Richard's work, positions, and
record as a State Representative display her
passion for the environment and its protection.
During Stephanie's 3-term tenure representing
the Jemez Mountain Range district in the State
Legislature, she has taken on many challenges,
issues and constituency groups that are mirrored at
the State Land Office. The State Land Office is
responsible for managing about 13 million mineral
acres and 9 million surface acres that are leased
for an array of uses, such as grazing and oil and
gas drilling. The leases generate hundreds of
millions of dollars annually for the state.
The money is invested through the
multibillion-dollar Land Grant Permanent Fund, with
proceeds benefiting public schools, universities,
hospitals and other state institutions.
Born in Tucumcari and raised in Silver City,
Garcia Richard graduated from Silver High School
in the early 1990s.
She entered the world of politics in 2010
when she ran against — and nearly defeated —
Rep. Jeannette Wallace, a Republican who had
represented a Los Alamos-based district for two
Wallace died the next year, and Garcia won
the first of her three terms in House District 43 in
New Vice President of Programs at the
Nathan Cummings Foundation
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Florida has elected the highest-ranking Latina in the state’s
political history. State Representative Jeanette Nuñez will be the
Lieutenant Governor alongside Republican congressman Ron
DeSantis, the new Governor-elect.
Nuñez was born and raised in Miami, Florida. The daughter of
Cuban-American Immigrants, she began her healthcare career working
at Jackson Health System in 2004 as the State Director for Government
Relations and handled all aspects of the organization’s state affairs
before being promoted to Vice President of Government Relations. Nuñez
was first elected in 2010 to the Florida House of Representatives. During
her tenure in the Florida House of Representatives, Nuñez served as the
Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee and the Rules and Policy
She was appointed Chair of the Select Committee on Hurricane
Response and Preparedness and has also chaired Health Quality
Subcommittee, Government Operations and Technology Appropriations
Subcommittee and Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee.
She is a graduate of Florida International University (FIU), where she
has previously served as an adjunct professor. She earned her Bachelor
of Arts in International Relations and Political Science, her Masters of
Public Administration from FIU and a Six Sigma Certificate from the
University of Miami. She is also a graduate of Leadership Miami.
Leticia Peguero joined the Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF) in New York
City as vice president of programs. She has more than 20 years of experience
leading and managing programs and grantmaking at the intersections of social
and racial justice and the arts.
As vice president of programs, Peguero will develop strategies grounded in
principles of social justice philanthropy that are responsive, and reflective of the
integrated and complex nature of social change.
She most recently was executive director of the Andrus Family Fund (AFF).
Under her leadership, the AFF and the Surdna Foundation developed tools and
curricula to engage next generation family philanthropists in meaningful
conversations and experiences related to race, class, and privilege.
Before joining AFF, Peguero was the regional vice president at the Posse
Foundation, where she managed Posse sites in Los Angeles, Boston and New
Orleans, in addition to establishing its newest location at the time in Houston,
Florida’s New Lieutenant Governor