Board of Directors
Lori Martinez is the executive director of Ngage New Mexico, a nonprofit that engages the community to help people create the change they envision for themselves and their children. She has been on the board of the Southwest Environmental Center/Wildlife for All since 2018.
Before coming to Ngage she worked at New Mexico State University for 9 years overseeing the Social Work Services program and Aggie Cupboard food pantry under Counseling and Campus Health. She previously worked in Early Intervention providing Family Therapy and Social Work services.
Lori received her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Social Work from NMSU. She serves as an Assistant Professor and Certified Field Instructor for the NMSU School of Social Work. She has experience working in early childhood, individuals with developmental disabilities, suicide prevention and intervention, mental health counseling, case management, program development, hunger/food insecurity, and inpatient psychiatric services.
Brenda McKenna is a long-time volunteer for environmental and wildlife advocacy organizations. In 2020, she was elected as a New Mexico State Senator to represent district nine and serves as the Caucus Chair. This district includes the communities of Algodones, Placitas, Town of Bernalillo, City of Rio Rancho, Corrales, and Albuquerque. She is a field representative for the District One Congressional Office and Program Coordinator for the Nanbé Tewa Language Program. Brenda is from Nanbé Ówîngeh and resides in Corrales, NM.
Jill Fritz is a senior director in the Wildlife Protection department at the Humane Society of the United States, with the team that advances legislative and regulatory policy. Jill joined the HSUS in 2006 as the Minnesota and Wisconsin state director, then served as the Michigan senior state director where she led the 2014 ballot campaign in which the state’s voters overturned two laws authorizing the trophy hunting and recreational trapping of wolves. Jill has worked on a wide variety of state and federal policy issues that include trophy hunting, wildlife killing contests, wildlife trafficking, trapping, marine wildlife protection, captive hunting, wildlife conflict abatement and resolution, the use of lead ammunition, establishing penalties in animal protection laws for intentional cruelty to wildlife, and increasing public involvement in wildlife policy decisions.
Chris Smith has spent the past decade advocating for forests, rivers, fish, and wildlife in the Pacific Northwest and in the Southwestern deserts and mountains of his upbringing. He sees the need for a fundamental restructuring of wildlife governance in order to adequately protect biodiversity and the wild in the face of climate crisis, human expansion, and drought. Chris works from his hometown of Santa Fe as the Southwest Wildlife Advocate for WildEarth Guardians.
Adrian earned his PhD at Harvard University in 1997 and is a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 2007 he founded the Carnivore Coexistence Lab. For the past 27 years, his research has focused on ecology, law, and the human dimensions of ecosystems in which crop and livestock ownership overlap the habitat of large carnivores, from coyotes up to grizzly bears. He has authored more than 133 scientific papers on predator-prey ecology or conservation. Adrian Treves conducts independent research and advocates for future generations of all life, for scientific integrity, and for sovereign publics worldwide. He studies and speaks about the public trust doctrine and intergenerational equity around the world. More on public trust doctrines and intergenerational equity here.