Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

New Mexico Civil Rights Advisory Committee

The purpose of the New Mexico Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Civil Rights Advisory Committee (CRAC) is to assist the State Conservationist, the New Mexico Civil Rights Committee, and the Special Emphasis Program Managers in delivering information about equal opportunity, civil rights, and special emphasis issues and events.

NRCS in New Mexico supports the policy of USDA to provide equal opportunity for all persons without discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

We are fully dedicated to ensuring that all persons associated with NRCS comply with every aspect of our nation’s Civil Rights laws and policies.  All employees are expected to model equal opportunity, civil rights, and cultural transformation, and managers and supervisors must demonstrate an elevated regard by supporting civil rights, equal employment opportunity, diversity, and cultural transformation.

NRCS New Mexico Civil Rights Advisory Committee

New Mexico Civil Rights Advisory Committee members and the Special Emphasis Program Managers (SEPMs) help ensure that Federal agencies institute, plan, and take affirmative steps to provide equal opportunity to women and minority applicants and employees in all areas of employment (recruitment, hiring, training, promotions, and awards); and provide a means for women and minorities to communicate their concerns to management.

NM CRAC Bylaws (321.29 KB)

Committee Members:

Diego Ortiz, Chair, North Area Representative
Joshua Archuleta, Hispanic Special Emphasis Program Manager
Vacant, Member-at-Large
Jim Armendariz, State Office Representative
Fawnna Lee, Asian American & Native Hawaiian /Pacific Islander Special Emphasis Program Manager
Grace Woodard, Vice Chair/South Area Representative
Nick Goodman, Member-at-Large/District Conservationist Representative
Sam Fullen, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Special Emphasis Program Manager
Kellie Johnson, Black Special Emphasis Program Manager
Amalia Montoya, Disability and Veterans Special Emphasis Program Manager
Mariah Bates, Federal Women’s Special Emphasis Program Manager
Vernon Mirabal, American Indian/Alaska Native Special Emphasis Program Manager