TAOS LAND TRUST STAFF
Kristina Ortez de Jones – Executive Director
Kristina grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California. She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Anthropology, and began her career in New York City working in marketing and editing. In the late 90s, Kristina and friends started an internet company whose demise is forever immortalized on digital film in “Startup.com”. Shortly after the internet boom, Kristina moved to Indonesia, where she worked as an editor at Lontar Foundation, a literary foundation in Jakarta. It was here that her environmental consciousness was born after witnessing the devastating effects of environmental degradation. Kristina came back to the States determined to work on environmental issues that affected her own community. She has been an organizer, advocate and a policy analyst on public lands and water issues and served as a board member of organizations to restore and protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the San Joaquin River. She was most recently the executive director at SOMOS, Society of the Muse of the Southwest. She is the former board president of the Environmental Education Association of New Mexico.
Shemai Rodriguez – Program Associate
Shemai is a native of Taos where her family has lived for generations. She returned home to join her family after living in England, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico and most recently California. Her professional history includes 15 years in the adobe construction industry and 5 years as a training project coordinator for a finance company in Santa Barbara, California. She has a long history of community service including work with the United Way and the Red Cross. She has also worked restoring many local historic adobe buildings including The Mabel Dodge Lujan House, Taos Pueblo and The Martinez Hacienda.
Together with our community the Taos Land Trust team works to reach out to all who love the land of Taos. We strive to provide tools and information that will give landowners and other members of the community options to help preserve the productive and open spaces of our beautiful home and to partner with other organizations to help in preservation and conservation efforts.
Please contact us any time with questions or comments.