Trustees

Who is the Natural Resources Trustee?

State Natural Resource Trustees are appointed by the governor of each state. In addition to state trustees, the President of the United States and Native American tribes appoint federal and tribal trustees. New Mexico frequently shares trust responsibilities for natural resources with other Trustees.

Michelle Lujan Grisham
Governor

Michelle Lujan Grisham was sworn in as the 32nd Governor of New Mexico on January 1, 2019. Prior to becoming Governor, Lujan Grisham served three terms in Washington on behalf of New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. Previous service to the state included serving as director of the state agency on aging which became a cabinet level agency under her leadership, the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, where she served as the first Cabinet Secretary and later as the Secretary of the state Department of Health. Across her career in state government, she served under three different governors, Republican and Democrat, demonstrating her lifelong emphasis on positive, productive, result-oriented work above all else.

Maggie Hart Stebbins
Trustee

Governor Lujan Grisham has appointed Maggie Hart Stebbins as New Mexico’s Natural Resources Trustee.  Hart Stebbins comes to the Office of Natural Resources Trustee with extensive experience in public service. Her background includes work for the U.S. Congress, the New Mexico House of Representatives, and the Mid-Region Council of Governments, where she focused on water conservation and regional transportation. She served on the Bernalillo County Commission from 2009-2019 where she championed environmental initiatives such as cleanup of the Bulk Fuels Facility groundwater contamination at Kirtland Air Force Base, reducing nitrate contamination from on-site wastewater systems and preservation of open space.

Michelle Gallagher Hunter
Executive Director

Michelle Gallagher Hunter became the Executive Director on September 6, 2021.  Ms. Hunter is the former Chief of the Groundwater Quality Bureau at the New Mexico Environment Department and was with NMED for nearly 10 years.

Prior to public service she was an Environmental Consultant for various private and public sector clients.