“I’m excited to join HAF and continue to be able to pursue my passion in wildlife, the outdoors, and learning about public lands,” said Gallegos. “It’s an honor to be able to work with an organization that helps elevate environmental issues, while ensuring Latinos have the ability to be vocal advocates as well.”
Born and raised in El Paso, Texas Gallegos grew up primarily focused on her studies. During her early teens, Gallegos was exposed to the outdoors through school field trips to the Carlsbad Caverns National Monument, White Sands National Monument, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and several family trips to Mexico. After not doing well in a high school biology class, Gallegos pushed herself to understand the importance of the subject, which sparked her interest in biology.
“Gallegos’ extensive knowledge and experience working with wildlife organizations will make her a great asset to our team,” says Maite Arce, president and CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation. “Gallegos’ interest and dedication to protecting public lands will be essential as we continue to grow our conservation program.”
Gallegos graduated with an Associate’s Degree of Arts in Science before graduating high school in May of 2011. She continued her education at the University of Texas at El Paso and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Biological Sciences focused in Ecology and Evolutionary Theory. Afterwards, she attended Sul Ross State University and graduated with a Master’s of Science Degree in Range and Wildlife Management, where she focused on scaled quail diets in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Prior to joining HAF, Gallegos worked with New Mexico Specialized Wildlife Services as a wildlife biologist researching on the Montezuma quail in Northern and Southern New Mexico. During her time there, she learned about Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and joined the organization as a Tribal VISTA. She was later promoted to an Associate Director.