New Mexico

In late October 2010, the Conservancy’s New Mexico chapter hired a new philanthropy director to lead its fundraising efforts. Now that a few months have passed, sat down with Jackie Hall to find out more about her background, her interests and what she’s learned so far.
"I have a deep love of all things outdoors and have been committed to making choices that benefit the environment in my personal life."

Jackie Hall, New Mexico director of philanthropy

Tell us a little bit about your previous work experience. What was your last job?


Since my early 20s, I’ve been engaged with the arts, working first at the Carnegie Museum in my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I moved to Santa Fe in 2003 and first worked for the city’s performing arts center. In 2006, I was recruited to serve as the director of external affairs for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. It was a wonderful opportunity to work in a variety of roles from development to marketing and communications to visitor services. I was also proud to be involved in the museum’s “Women of Distinction” series, a program that raised funds for an award-winning youth education program and allowed me to rub shoulders with influential women like Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Gloria Steinem, Gail Sheehy, and Annie Leibovitz.

So, after decades working in the arts community, what attracted you to The Nature Conservancy?


After doing some research, I found that the organization’s mission and on-the-ground results really spoke to me. I have a deep love of all things outdoors and have been committed to making choices that benefit the environment in my personal life. For example, years ago I read an article in the New York Times about a carbon credit offset program and I began purchasing those to help mitigate my impact on the natural world.

You mentioned you are an outdoorsy-type. What kinds of activities do you pursue in your free time?


I enjoy any activity that takes me into the mountains, out on the trail, or on the water. My husband and I like to hike, camp, fly fish, ski and snowshoe. I feel lucky to be able to live in a place that allows me to do all these things without having to travel too far.

You’ve now been with the Conservancy for about three months. What has surprised you most since starting your job here?


Several things stand out. First, I am struck by how truly committed and engaged the chapter’s Board of Trustees is with the organization and our mission. Their dedication and caring is inspiring. Second, the exchange and dialog that people have here is invigorating. There is constant conversation between colleagues that provides me with an ongoing education about our work and how to share that information with others in a compelling way. It feels like a very open organizational structure where everyone is interested in helping everyone else.

With that kind of support, you can’t lose. What are your goals for philanthropy in New Mexico?


We are currently in the process of creating our long-range plan, working with staff and trustees who are incredibly enthusiastic about our projects and raising money for them. I’ll be working with this group to identify the resources and support needed to meet both our immediate and long-term goals. I’d also like to work in creating a strategic communications plan that will help raise the visibility and influence of the Conservancy across New Mexico so that more people of aware of the great work and successes of our chapter.

Do you have a favorite place in New Mexico?


In 2008, I went on a “staycation” and explored the state. At the end of my trip, I found myself inspired by the history, creativity and natural beauty that Santa Fe has to offer. To me, it’s paradise. Everything is within reach, from the arts and cultural amenities to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains—only blocks from where I live.

Last updated February 11, 2011.

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