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NMWF Announces New Executive Director

For Immediate Release

November 14, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE: The New Mexico Wildlife Federation is excited to announce the arrival of our new Executive Director. After a nationwide search Jesse Deubel has been offered and accepted the position, he will start December 3, 2018. Given his passion for the outdoors, experience in the conservation field and management, he quickly became a top candidate and we are honored he’ll be joining our team.

A native New Mexican, Jesse Deubel spent his early years growing up in the Village of La Puebla near Espanola, New Mexico. His earliest memories include following his Dad through knee-deep, snow in the Carson National Forest in search of mule deer when he was 6. As a teenager Deubel was very active and involved with the Sandia Crest Bowhunter’s Association. During his early adult years he juggled work, studies at the University of New Mexico and his passionate dedication to serving on the Albuquerque Committee of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) which continues to this day. In 2010 Deubel worked with other committed bowhunters to found the United Bowhunters of New Mexico (UBNM). He has led the UBNM as their President since their formation. In addition to fighting for NM Sportsmen through the UBNM, Jesse has been intricately involved with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) and recently worked with BHA in Washington, DC to fight for the permanent reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

“Throughout the last decade my commitment to conservation has grown at an exponential rate.  The conservation goals I have helped to realize would not have been possible without the strength and support of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. It is with great honor that I accept the role of Executive Director of the NMWF as we continue protecting New Mexico’s wildlife, habitat and public lands for all,” said Deubel.

“The entire NMWF staff is so excited to have Deubel join our team and continue to see our organization thrive,” said Acting Executive Director Todd Leahy. “His passion and commitment to our work was obvious and we can’t wait for him to get started.”

On Deubel’s start date Leahy will return to his former position as the Deputy Director. The NMWF also thanks Leahy for stepping in to this leadership role during the transition.