Leadership

New Mexico State Society Board of Directors

The following have been elected to the 2019-2020 Board:

President – Bailey N. Griffith

Before being elected as President, Bailey N. Griffith served as the Philanthropy Chair for the New Mexico State Society and enjoys sharing her love for her home state with others (though her coworkers have tried to swap her green chile for Old Bay). She is also the Team Development Chair for the St. Jude Walk/Run of Washington DC, a member of both the Junior League of Washington and the DC Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association (affectionately referred to as the Kapital Kappas), and is a Sunday school teacher at her church in Arlington. Bailey is the Public Affairs and Digital Media Coordinator of her office with the American Tort Reform Association. Before moving to DC, she served under New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez both in the Governor’s Office and as a PIO and Policy Director for the New Mexico Tourism Department (#NewMexicoTRUE). She also worked with the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry as its Policy Director. Bailey is a graduate of Belen High School and earned a B.A. from the University of New Mexico. 

Vice President – Michelle Chavez

Michelle Chavez is a native Mexican, but having been raised in Rio Rancho, she has been a part of New Mexico’s vibrant culture since the young age of 5. She prefers green over red chile and piñon lattes over anything else. Michelle is also a proud Lobo, having recently graduated from the University of New Mexico. Michelle currently works with the Western Caucus Foundation, allowing her to devote time and resources to people back home in the state. In her spare time, Michelle likes to dabble in light graphic design and always tries to recreate the iconic Blake’s breakfast burrito on a Sunday morning.

Treasurer – Dominic Pacheco

Dominic Pacheco was born and raised in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Dominic is a UNM alum and proud Lobo, graduating with a BA in Political Science and Economics. Over the last 3 years, he has worked in finance, fundraising and other treasury positions. Last summer Dominic moved to Washington, D.C. to further his career but quickly missed the New Mexico Skies, Green Chile Cheeseburgers, and most of all, the people of the Land of Enchantment! Being a part of NMSS is like a little bit of home here in the DMV for all those who move so far away from one of the greatest states in the Union! 

Secretary – Alexandria (Alex) Tapia

Alex was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She attended New Mexico State University where she earned BAs in Government and History.  She returned to Santa Fe to begin her career in politics at the New Mexico Legislative Council Service. Always proud of her state, Alex represented the Land of Enchantment as Miss Rodeo New Mexico 2014, going on to compete at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant that year. Alex moved to Washington, DC in January of 2018 to pursue a Masters in Political Management at The George Washington University.  The NMSS has been a great resource and opportunity to connect with fellow New Mexicans –  Alex hopes to help extend that welcome to current and future New Mexicans in the DMV area.