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 justice 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. Email Mark>>
Tisha Broska Deputy Director
Nathan Newcomer Grassroots Organizer, Gila Region
Nathan is a fifth generation New Mexican with over a decade of experience working on wilderness campaigns in the state of New Mexico. He has previously been a grassroots organizer, media director, and associate director at New Mexico Wild, having first joined the organization in 2002. After spending a year conducting wilderness inventories in the Cibola National Forest, he is now back as the organization’s Grassroots Organizer for the Gila. E-mail Nathan>>
John Olivas Traditional Community Organizer
Simon Sotelo III Community Grassroots Organizer
Will Ribbans Wilderness Stewardship and Outreach Manager
Logan Glasenapp Staff Attorney
Garrett VeneKlasen Northern Conservation Director
Julian Gonzales Northern New Mexico Grassroots Organizer
Julian was born and raised in Santa Fe. He is married to Peggy and has three children. He is an avid hunter, angler, and all-around sportsman who enjoys recreating on public lands. He served 27 years in the military and is a decorated combat veteran, serving as 1SG in the New Mexico Army National Guard. He has shifted his energy and is now a passionate advocate for wildlife and public lands. If you get him talking, he may tell you a story or two from catching a hybrid bass in a pond at Saddam Hussein's palace to catching wild, attacking javalina bare-handed. He carries a remarkable wealth of knowledge on mountain and Spanish traditions. Passing this knowledge is one of Julian's passions. He is a firearms expert, bowhunter education instructor, HE instructor, NM land navigation instructor, survival instructor, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish northeast chair for the habitat stamp program and livestock rancher.
Brennan Davis Cibola Wilderness Ranger
Brennan is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast and a proud New Mexican. The harsh beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert, broken up by rugged peaks and sky islands, was awe inspiring to him from an early age. Immersion in New Mexico's raw, natural beauty instilled in Brennan a strong conservation ethic that guides him to this day. He has had the privilege of working as an environmental steward across the state; from remote caves, to secluded Wilderness areas, Brennan has contributed to the protection of New Mexico's precious land, water, and wildlife. It is his goal to continue advancing the preservation of wild places as New Mexico continues to grow and evolve. He is delighted to continue working with NM Wild as both a steward and advocate of Wilderness.
Walker Martin Cibola Wilderness Ranger
Walker's adoration of the Southwest is tied directly to the land and all of the astonishing places to explore. At an early age, Walker was able to explore the San Juan mountains, the vast Ponderosa-Piñon forests and stunning canyons that make the Southwest landscapes so special. Being an avid hiker, runner, and rafter fostered his enthusiasm for conservation and stewardship. Walker studied film and music in college and still finds the best creative inspirations come from the being out in the Wild. Walker is excited to work with Wilderness in a professional capacity as an advocate and ranger with New Mexico Wild.