Julia Peters Named Board Chair for Nature Conservancy in New Mexico

New Board Chair Excited About Incredible Opportunities

Santa Fe, NM

New Mexico Board Chair
Julia Peters New Mexico Board Chair © Julia Peters

The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico today announced the election of Julia Peters as the new Chair for its Board of Trustees. Peters – who has served on the board for seven years – is looking forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead.

“Julia brings important talent, experience and contagious enthusiasm to our board,” says Terry Sullivan, the state director of TNC in New Mexico. “She will lead the way in building effective partnerships and raising awareness while achieving conservation results.”

Julia is a principal and Chief Counsel of Avalon Trust, a private wealth management company located in Santa Fe with offices in New York and Oregon. Avalon is committed to sustainable investing, serving a diverse group of high net worth individuals and non-profits who share a concern for corporate environmental, human rights and governance practices.

Julia has a deep love of nature and open spaces, which is one of the many reasons she loves the largest conservation organization in the world. Her first year as board chair will be a big one as TNC moves into a new office in Santa Fe, enters the fifth year of the Rio Grande Water Fund, and celebrates 40 years of conserving land and water in New Mexico.

“We have amazing opportunities to get the word out about our leading, science-based work and diverse partnerships,” adds Julia. “We want everyone in New Mexico to know the impact we’re having on their quality of life including initiatives that help improve air quality, secure water and provide safe places to play.”

Julia spent her early years in California, exploring the Sierra Nevada mountains on foot and horseback. Her parents moved to New Mexico when she was in high school. She then spent many years in the Pacific Northwest before returning home to Santa Fe in 1998. The accessibility to the vast natural beauty of New Mexico is what drew her back.  A cowgirl at heart, she is an avid animal lover and enjoys galloping, hiking, gardening and travel.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.