The Governing Board of the NM Food & Agriculture Policy Council is a diverse body of people with varying interests and expertise which serves the larger group’s interests and efforts. They also serve as the core group on the front lines of the legislative process during the legislative session when members from a distance may not have as much opportunity to participate. Decisions come from the full NMFAPC membership as it introduces, shares, explores, deliberates, and decides on issues and policies. When appropriate, the Governing Board shares on behalf of the decisions made by the full NMFAPC. 

The 2019-2020 Governing Board is:

  • Susan Wilger, Chair, National Center for Frontier Communities and the Center for Health Innovation
  • Helga Garza, Vice Chair, Agricultura Network
  • Clark de Schweinitz, Past Chair, community at large representative
  • Leiloni Begaye, First Nations Institute
  • Jaime Chavez, National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association and Rural Coalition
  • Roger Gonzales, CPLC New Mexico
  • Isabelle Jenniches, Soil Health Working Group
  • Denise Miller, NM Farmers’ Marketing Association
  • Anthony Wagner, Wagner Farms

Governing Board Agency Representation (Ex-Officio)

  • Kendal Chavez, NM Public Education Department, Nutrition and Wellness, Farm to School
  • John Garlish, NM Cooperative Extension Service
  • Dennis Hogan, NM Department of Agriculture