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 nearly 19 years ago. Since 2007, she has managed the statewide Outdoor Classroom Program, which has provided hundreds of thousands of students with meaningful, hands-on experiences in State Parks. Tafoya became the Field support Bureau Chief in 2011. Tafoya was appointed as Director of New Mexico State Parks in June, 2015.  Tafoya 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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