Building a Dedicated Team of Land Stewards from the Ground Up
While each member of the Taos Land Trust team comes from diverse backgrounds, each shares a love for the land and a sincere commitment to conserving it for future generations to enjoy and explore. Every day, we strive to develop real skills and build new relationships and partnerships that will help us actually accomplish something on the ground. We recognize that we are conserving more than just land in each of our projects. We are protecting our connection to local culture and traditions and preserving a sense of place and relationship for people connected to the land. It is an honor and responsibility to use land trust tools and resources to help preserve the productive and open spaces of our beautiful home for the benefit of a broader community. Please contact us any time with questions or comments using our Contact form or by calling our office at 575-751-3138.
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.
Juniper Manley – Associate Director
Juniper has 19 years of experience in non-profit administration. Switching from an affinity for the arts, her passion for the land and for New Mexico prompted her to join the Land Trust. Here Juniper manages all fundraising activities and grant stewardship. For the Rio Fernando Park project, Juniper will lead Project Management coordinating staff and contractors. Juniper has a MA in Non-Profit Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Anthropology from Reed College.
Maya Anthony – Public Programs and Outreach Coordinator
With a BA in Environmental Planning & Design and Sustainability from the University of New Mexico, Maya Anthony has worked on various projects throughout New Mexico involving watershed, rangeland, and community health assessments, including work with the Laguna Pueblo to develop culturally and environmentally appropriate plans for revitalizing nearby wetland conditions and economic sustainability.
Matthew van Buren – Stewardship Coordinator
Matthew grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia. After a 4-year stint working as a political fundraiser in St. Louis, he was drawn to New Mexico. He worked as a reporter for, and then assistant editor of, The Taos News from 2009-2013, covering education, government and environmental issues. It was in Taos that Matthew’s passion for the outdoors was ignited. He has backpacked extensively throughout the Southwest and can be found in the mountains year-round skiing, hiking, camping and climbing. He earned his Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2015 and jumped at the chance to put his education to work in Taos, where conserving land and creating opportunities for people to experience the outdoors couldn’t be more vital.