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Deputy Commissioner of Operations

Sunalei Stewart has over 15 years of experience in federal, state, and local government. Before rejoining the Land Office, Sunalei served as the Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Albuquerque under Mayor Tim Keller.

Deputy Commissioner of Public Affairs

Tarin Nix has owned and operated a successful consulting firm that oversaw political campaigns, issue-advocacy campaigns, and policy initiatives for over a decade.

Assistant Commissioner of Administrative Services

Selena Romero has more than 15 years of experience in state government and a total of 19 years in training and organizational development. Previously she was the State Land Office Human Resources Director.

Assistant Commissioner of Mineral Resources

Greg Bloom

Assistant Commissioner of Commercial Resources

Steve Vierck and the economic development teams with which he has been associated have consistently achieved significant success at the community, regional and state levels. His experience in growing and diversifying local and state economies spans over 30 years working for key agencies in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas.

Assistant Commissioner of Surface Resources

Dana Vackar Strang is the Assistant Commissioner of Surface Resources at the New Mexico State Land Office. Dana has a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in Environmental Issues from Colorado College and an M.A. from the University of New Mexico in Parks, Recreation and Environmental Education with an emphasis on Administration. She has extensive experience as a manager and educator.

Assistant Commissioner of Cultural Resources

Rachael Lorenzo is from the Pueblo of Laguna, a descendant of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, and a Chicana, born and raised in New Mexico. 

Assistant Commissioner of Communications

Prior to joining the Land Office, Angie Poss served as the Communications and Political Director for Deb Haaland’s successful election to the U.S. Congress. Angie has worked in various capacities to advance social justice policy with Equality New Mexico, the state’s largest and oldest LGBTQ+ advocacy organization. 

Director of Constituent Services

Alysha Shaw has over a decade of experience in community organizing, outreach, communications, project and program management, administration, and group facilitation. 

General Counsel

Ari Biernoff previously served as senior litigator with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office under Attorneys General Hector Balderas and Gary King, managing innovative litigation programs to preserve public access to state trust lands, protect natural resources and public health, and recover damages from industries that have harmed New Mexicans. 

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