About Us

Outdoor New Mexico

Outdoor New Mexico is a non profit organization whose mission is to promote the protection, appreciation, sustainable management, appropriate recreational use, and economic benefits of outdoor natural areas in New Mexico, and to promote educational and workforce development activities that advance these objectives.

Our Mission Includes:

Foster the protection, appreciation, sustainable management, appropriate recreational use, and economic benefits of outdoor natural areas in New Mexico, and promote educational and workforce development activities that advance these objectives.

Engage in activities that educate people about New Mexico’s diverse lands and ecology.

Support the preservation of and education about natural and cultural resources in New Mexico.

Promote sustainability principles and strategies in the protection, management, and recreational use of New Mexico’s diverse lands.

Be inclusive of New Mexico’s multi-cultural heritage and people of different backgrounds, age groups, and ability level.

Partner with communities, organizations, and individuals to carry out Outdoor New Mexico’s mission.

Help increase educational and workforce development training connected to Outdoor New Mexico’s mission.

Leadership

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Jeff Steinborn

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

For over twenty five years Jeff Steinborn has been a leader in the conservation field. From 2005 to 2014 Jeff started and led the successful campaign to protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, and created both the New Mexico Outdoor Economics Conference and award winning Monuments to Main Street promotion. After serving for eight years in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 2006-2010 and 2012-2016 Jeff was elected to the New Mexico Senate in 2016. In office Jeff has authored diverse legislation including the establishment of the Rio Grande Trail and the New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division.

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Dave Simon

BOARD OF DIRECTOR - PRESIDENT

Dave Simon has 27 years of experience in the parks and conservation field, including holding senior public service leadership positions in New Mexico. Mr. Simon was Director of New Mexico State Parks (2003-2010), Assistant Commissioner at the New Mexico State Land Office (2002), and worked 16 years with the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association in Washington, D.C. and the Southwest. Dave is a past Chair of the City of Albuquerque Open Space Advisory Board, former Rio Grande Chapter Director for the Sierra Club, a former Board member of the New Mexico Parks and Recreation Association, and President of Eco Think LLC, a nature/outdoors-focused consulting practice.

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Guadalupe Cano

BOARD OF DIRECTOR - VICE PRESIDENT

Guadalupe Cano is a native of Silver City, and comes from a long line of community activists. A love of the outdoors was fostered early in her life, as she was the only woman in the Gila Fly-fishers organization, for which she served as secretary for several years. As the District 4 Silver City Town Councilor in her third term she remains committed to making sure that seniors, the disabled, and those with lower incomes have a voice and access to opportunities for a quality way of life. She is actively involved in working towards a federal designation of Wild & Scenic for portions of the Gila and Mimbres rivers and their tributaries.

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Gill Sorg

BOARD OF DIRECTOR - SECRETARY - TREASURER

Born and raised in Hastings, Minnesota, Gill Sorg has worked as an environmental scientist, rancher, and long time public servant. Gill served in the Peace Corps in Ghana from 1970-1973 where he met and married his wife, Christine A. McConaty. He has worked extensively in the wildlife management field surveying raptors in Colorado, plant species at Fort Bliss, threatened and endangered species (TES) and Mexican spotted owl at the U.S. Air Force-Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute project, and was the Wildlife Manager for the Birdstrike Control Program at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas. In 2009 he was elected to the Las Cruces City Council and in 2017 was elected by his colleagues to serve as Mayor Pro Tem of Las Cruces, where he holds that office until today.