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Agency Leadership

Our Mission

Our mission is to protect and restore the environment and to foster a healthy and prosperous New Mexico for present and future generations. We implement our mission guided by four tenets:


Using the best available science to inform our decision-making in protecting public health and the environment.


Employing creative engineering and technological solutions to address environmental challenges.


Engaging communities and interested stakeholders in environmental decision-making outcomes.


Ensuring meaningful compliance with state regulations and permits; leveling the playing field through enforcement.

James C. Kenney
Cabinet Secretary

Rebecca Roose
Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Administration

Stephanie Stringer
Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Operations

Chris Catechis
Resource Protection Division Acting Director

Dana Bahar
Environmental Protection Acting Division Director

Danielle Gilliam
Administrative Services Division Director

John Rhoderick
Water Protection Division Acting Director

Mary Kay Root
Environmental Health Division Director

Director, Office of Strategic Initiative

Gregory Chakalian
Hearing Officer, Office of Public Facilitation

Matthew Maez
Director of Communications

Peter Street
Chief Information Officer

Bruce Baizel
General Counsel

Our History

The New Mexico Environment Department was created by the 40th state Legislature in 1991 under the “Department of Environment Act” (Chapter 25). As a regulatory agency, NMED enforces state regulations and federal laws relating to protection of the environment, resources, and public health and safety.

Contact Us

Main Ph: 505-827-2855

Headquarters Location
Harold Runnels Building
1190 St. Francis Dr. Suite N4050
Santa Fe, NM 87505

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