Valerie Rangel, Program Manager
New Mexico Association of Grantmakers
Valerie Rangel presently works for the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers as a Program Manager. In this role, Valerie will help with NMAG’s community outreach, planning and member programing and the development of the New Mexico Environmental Public Health Network.
She earned a Master of Community Regional Planning (MCRP) degree that carried an emphasis in Natural Resources & Environmental Planning with concentrated coursework in Public Health, and Indigenous Planning. Anthropology. During her graduate professional project/thesis, she worked with university scholars and faculty, tribal, and U.S. government officials in an investigation of environmental land use, ethnographic history, and future planning of the repatriated Fort Wingate Army Depot Activity Area, located near Gallup, New Mexico.
She has worked as an experiential educator for IAIA, facilitating college and career readiness classes for parents and young adults for the native communities, archival research and preservation work for the New Mexico State Historian and State Archives, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, intern at the Water Quality Department at the Texas National Resource Commissions, as well as a Contributing Faculty member at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. During 2016, she worked as a research assistant and author of a Santa Fe County Health Impact Assessment, “Indian Health Services Budget and Urban Indian Budgeting Decisions”.
In April, 2018 Valerie presented selections from her recently published book, “Environmental Justice in New Mexico: Counting Coup” at the National Environmental Justice conference in Washington, D.C.
Valerie also works as Community Program Manager for the New Mexico Community Foundation.