Patricia (Trish) Gallegos from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Trish was previously employed within the Latino Outreach program of Conservation Voters New Mexico, called Juntos. She held the position of Lead Organizer/Community Outreach Coordinator as well as Office Manager. She worked on various issues impacting New Mexico’s air and water quality, such as extractive industry, PNM’s energy replacement and rate increase plans. She was working to develop an Environmental Justice framework for the Clean Power Plan initiative by creating collaborative working groups of leaders and members from the Albuquerque area, to amplify the states implementation process. Her work position allowed her to further develop her skill set in organizing. She brings a grassroots perspective to the organization that will be instrumental in building relationships within the various communities of New Mexico.
Trish hails from a long line of native New Mexicans with a deeply ingrained sense of stewardship to the land. Her family has a history of farming and ranching in various areas within New Mexico. Trish continues her family’s agricultural history by maintaining an organic garden at her home using heritage seeds garnered from various local farmers. She enjoys spending time in the great outdoors as well as owning and managing a small catering company with her mother and daughter. Trish received her BSW from New Mexico Highlands University with a concentration in community engagement. She also holds an Associate’s degree in Elementary education and is currently working on completing the MBA program from NMHU.