Join New Mexico Wild and Journey Santa Fe at Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse on Sunday, May 19 at 11am. Mark Allison, executive director of New Mexico Wild, will review the status of the citizen effort to permanently protect the Gila River, New Mexico’s last free flowing river, through federal legislation by designating it as Wild and Scenic. This event is free and open to the public.
Sunday, May 19
11:00am to 12:00pm
Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse
202 Galisteo St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Mark has over twenty-five years of professional experience working with social-profit nongovernmental organizations in leadership positions, including nineteen years as executive director. Before joining New Mexico Wild, Mark’s activities focused on anti-poverty and social just work, with an emphasis on developing permanent affordable housing for persons experiencing homelessness. Mark’s projects earned national recognition for modeling award winning sustainable “green” design. Mark subsequently led a national project team providing technical assistance and training to communities on community development. He has served on numerous national, regional, and local boards of directors.
Mark has demonstrated success in strategic planning, organizational development, management, and fundraising and is adept at partnerships and coalition building. Since coming to New Mexico Wild in 2013, Mark has been proud to lead a team that has helped secure numerous new protections for New Mexico’s land, water, and wildlife. Mark earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Illinois State University. Mark began visiting New Mexico in 1977 and moved here permanently in 1993. He resides in Albuquerque with his partner, Jenny Metzler, and his two sons, Levin and Jack. He believes passionately that we have a responsibility to permanently protect and preserve land, not only for us and our children to experience and enjoy, but for its own sake.
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