Meet Our Director

Christy Tafoya

Christy Tafoya, an archaeologist by training, began her career with State Parks when she was selected as the first State Park Archaeologist in 1998. She held several positions in parks and managed the statewide Outdoor Classroom Program, which has provided hundreds of thousands of students with meaningful, hands-on experiences. Tafoya was appointed as Director of New Mexico State Parks in 2015 and was reappointed by Governor Lujan Grisham in 2019. She is the first woman to fill the top leadership role since State Parks began in 1933.

Tafoya holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA, double majoring in history and historic preservation and received a Master of Arts in anthropology in 1997 from New Mexico State University.



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