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Santa Fe NM 87501


State Land Trusts Advisory Board

The Land Trusts Advisory Board assists the State Land Commissioner in the formulation of policies and programs for the trust. By law, the Board is politically and geographically diverse. It represents the trust’s beneficiaries and key constituencies.

Two members represent the beneficiary institutions and one each representing agriculture, extractive industries, and conservation interests.

Two members serve at large. The members are appointed by the State Land Commissioner and confirmed by the State Senate to serve six-year terms.

Below are short biographical profiles of the current members of the State Land Trusts Advisory Board.


Col. David West is a Clovis High School graduate who served in the United States Army from 1985-1991 as a combat medic.


Currently Vacant.


Patricia L. Quintana, Taos native and lifelong advocate for conservation and agricultural issues, was appointed to the State Land Office’s State Lands Trust Advisory Board in early 2017. She was elected to serve as Board President in August of 2019.

Extractive Industry

Mark Veteto, Hobbs oilman and community leader, Mark Veteto was appointed to the State Land Office’s State Lands Trust Advisory Board representing Extractive Industry.


Joanna Prukop has served as the secretary of the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department and chair of the New Mexico Game Commission.

General Public

Randal Rabon, was appointed to represent the general public.

Conservation Interests

Paula Garcia has served as Executive Director of the New Mexico Acequia Association (NMAA) for nearly two decades. She represents conservation interests on the advisory board.

State Land Trusts Advisory Board Meeting

The New Mexico State Land Trusts Advisory Board will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at 9:00 a.m., and continuing thereafter as necessary, via audio and video conference.  Any change to the location or time of the meeting will be posted with a final agenda on the NMSLO web page at least 72 hours prior to the date and time specified.

Learn more about how to join the December 6, 2022 virtual meeting, and view the agenda here

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