Mark comes to NM Wild with 20 years of professional experience working with non-profit agencies in leadership positions, including 13 years as the executive director of the Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico. During his tenure there he led the organization to become an award winning, nationally recognized agency that in his last year was named New Mexico’s “Housing Developer of the Year.” Mark was named one of New Mexico’s “40 under 40 Top Young Professionals” in 2008 by the NM Business Weekly. Mark has demonstrated success in strategic planning, management, fundraising and media relations and is adept at partnerships and coalition building. He has experience working with elected officials at the local and national level.
Childhood trips to Ghost Ranch near Abiquiú fostered a deep and abiding love and respect of wild places, the high desert, and New Mexico for Mark, which has led to hundreds of canoeing, camping and backpacking trips, including many solo ones. After obtaining a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science from Illinois State University, Mark moved to New Mexico in 1993. 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.
Grassroots Organizer, Gila Region
Traditional Community Organizer
Wilderness Protection Organizer
Southern NM Director
Joelle Marier just joined the staff of NMWild in July 2015. She began her commitment to wilderness in 1992 while studying Wilderness Management at the edge of Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota and has since pursued wilderness work as a Forest Service wilderness ranger and trails technician, private backcountry guide, USGS research technician, and outdoor educator in New Mexico and states across the west, including Alaska.
Joelle first moved to New Mexico in 1997, drawn to the open spaces, culture, and contrast of desert and high country found in this unique western state. After eight years in northern New Mexico she traveled north to further her education and explore the wild places of Alaska, Canada, and Montana where she completed a degree in Environmental Studies and Geographical Information Systems at the University of Montana. Most recently, she was selected as an Interagency Wilderness Fellow where she worked with the National Park Service in southern Colorado and Hawai’i to compile baseline wilderness character assessments, provide parks with guidance on wilderness issues, and contribute to interagency wilderness monitoring strategies. Now happily back in New Mexico, she joins us to engage the community and partner organizations on New Mexico public lands.