The New Mexico State Land Office is hiring an assistant. Commissioner of Communications, Director of Constituent Services

New Deputy Communications Commissioner Joey Keefe

From the Office of the Land Commissioner:

SANTA FE — Public Lands Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard announced today that she has hired Joey Keefe as assistant communications commissioner and Francesca Di Palma as director of voter services.

“I am thrilled to welcome Joey and Francesca to the lands office! Joey’s background in lands and conservation issues is a perfect match for the good work we do here at the lands office to manage our natural resources,” said the Commissioner Garcia Richard. Francesca has dealt with all kinds of constituent issues, including economic development and affordable housing, two major initiatives for my administration! Their background and credentials will serve the state well.

Keefe comes to the State Land Office after managing communications at New Mexico Wild, a statewide nonprofit focused on public land policy at the state and federal levels. Previously, he served as Director of Communications for New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver. He has also held communications positions for private companies, local government agencies and various political campaigns. Keefe was born and raised in Albuquerque.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work for an executive who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and helped the State Land Office achieve record revenues for children and families in New Mexico,” said said Keefe. “There is still a lot of work to do and I am ready to start.”

New Director of Voter Services Francesca Di Palma

Di Palma most recently worked for U.S. Representative Teresa Leger Fernandez as a Field Representative and Constituent Services Representative. Prior to that, she held similar positions in the office of retired U.S. Senator Tom Udall. She also has considerable experience in political organizing and community outreach. Di Palma was born and raised in Santa Fe.

“Commissioner Garcia Richard has exceeded even the highest of expectations and it is an honor to work alongside her to provide voters and recipients of state trust land with the best possible service,” Di Palma said. “During my short stay here, I have been impressed with the day-to-day efficiency and effectiveness of the State Land Office team members. We are committed to continuing the great work.

Gregory M. Roy