Rio Grande Return - Gifts from the River

Cranes on the Rio Grande
For thousands of years Sandhill cranes have migrated up and down the Rio Grande. Like so many other species, these Sandhill Cranes depend on the Rio Grande for their survival.
About Rio Grande Return

Alan Hamilton Ph.D. President
Alan Hamilton Ph.D
Alan Hamilton holds as a BA in Mythological Studies from Colorado College, an MA in Liberal Arts Education from Saint Johnís College, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. His professional work has been quite varied, including many years working as a psychologist, house builder, marketing consultant and community organizer around river conservation and other environmental issues.
One of Dr. Hamiltonís strengths is his ability to find interdisciplinary connections that bring new perspectives and possibilities to difficult situations.

He has been writing and lecturing on the link between environmental degradation and cultural depression and the notion that mental health and environmental health are one and the same.

A native of Colorado, he has lived in Santa Fe, NM since 1981 with his wife Sarah and daughters Emma and Laura. Along with his family, the cultures, rivers, and landscapes of New Mexico have become primary sources of inspiration which motivates and informs his work. Dr. Hamilton is presently working as a psychologist in private practice and concurrently as the Conservation Director for the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. He is also on the board of directors of several organizations including: BackTalk, a community based therapy program for adolescents that he started in 1997, The New Mexico Water Dialogue, and the S.B. Foundation.


Todd Lopez Director
Todd Lopez
Todd M. Lopez was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1975. As a Partner and practicing attorney with his law firm Lopez & Sakura, LLP, Todd represents non-profit organizations, individuals and small businesses. Lopez & Sakura also represents the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and is directly involved in administering water rights adjudications throughout northern New Mexico.

Working in collaboration with childhood friends, Todd founded the La Mesita Institute in 2005, a non-profit organization focusing on land and water resources of northern New Mexico, youth and education, alternative energy and cultural and agricultural revitalization.
Toddís current portfolio includes membership on the Board of Directors of Siete del Norte, a non-profit corporation working with the seven counties in northern New Mexico on issues involving economic development; the Board of Earthcare International, a non-profit focused on educating and empowering youth to create a sustainable world; and the Board of the New Mexico Childrenís Foundation, a foundation making grants available for projects around the State involving New Mexicoís youth.

Todd graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in May, 2003, with a Certificate in the Natural Resources Law Program. Prior to law school, Todd graduated from the University of New Mexico, earning his B.S. in Earth and Planetary Sciences. In addition to his academic and professional pursuits, Todd spent two years as a volunteer with the Americorps Program working with tribal and chicano youth in northern New Mexico, and a semester backpacking, rock climbing and kayaking while learning outdoor skills and leadership with the National Outdoor Leadership School.

He currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife Suzanne, six-year old son Sebastian and three-year old daughter Simone. In his free time Todd can be found on the tennis or squash court, golfing, coaching his sonís soccer team, skiing or working in the garden.



Arturo Sandoval Director
Arturo Sandoval
Arturo Sandoval is founder and president of VOCES, Inc., a communications and organizational development consulting firm with headquarters in Albuquerque, NM, and with a branch office in Chihuahua, Mexico.

VOCES provides diverse professional services to regional, national and international clients. He founded VOCES in 1988. He is also founder and president of the Center of Southwest Culture, Inc., which is a non-profit organization promoting the peoples and cultures of the Greater Southwest, including the southwestern US and northern Mexico. CSC focuses on developing cultural and educational events and programs that reflect the rich Mexicano and indigenous cultural heritage of the Greater Southwest.

He has a long background in media and public relations. He worked nearly 15 years with a number of major New Mexico newspapers and with the local affiliate of UNIVISION, the leading Spanish-language television network in the US. His work has been nationally published, and he has received numerous awards for his writing. Prior to starting his own businesses, Sandoval worked with major private corporations and in government.
Sandoval has been active for more than three decades in community, cultural, environmental and civil rights efforts in New Mexico and across the US.

He was a founding director of La CompanŪa de Teatro de Alburquerque - New Mexicoís leading bilingual theater company for a quarter of a century - and served for 11 years as a member of the board. He served in Washington, DC as the Western Regional Coordinator for the nationís first Earth Day in 1970. He served as campaign manager for US Representative Tom Udall (D-NM) during his run for Congress in District 1 (NM) in 1988.

He served for ten years as vice-president of the board of the Sawmill Community Land Trust and is a former co-chair of the Alburquerque-Chihuahua Sister Cities Committee. He is past president of the Board of 1000 Friends of New Mexico and served as chair of the Coalition for New Mexico Wilderness. He currently serves on the board of the Latino Sustainability Institute, 516 Arts, New Energy Economy, Rio Grande Return. He serves on Governor Bill Richardsonís Task Force on "Our Communities, Our Future." He previously served on the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Unification Charter Commission.

Sandoval is a native of Espanola, NM and has lived most of his life in New Mexico. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM.


Stacey Boyd Director
Stacey Boyd
Prior to founding The Savvy Source for Parents, an online community founded by parents, for parents to help parents navigate the incredibly challenging issue of identifying the best educational options for their children: preschools, camps, classes, educational toys, books, activities, etc., Stacey Boyd founded and ran Global Learning Ventures.

Global Learning Ventures provides education and technology consulting services to non-profits, corporations and government entities. Clients include the World Economic Forum, the US Department of State and US Agency for International Development. Areas of focus include the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Before Global Learning Ventures, Ms. Boyd concluded a four-year tenure as the President and CEO of Project Achieve, Inc., a company she founded to provide a comprehensive information management system to primary and secondary schools throughout the United States.
When Boyd departed Project Achieve, the services were available to 15% of US schools. Prior to launching Project Achieve, Ms. Boyd was the Founding Director and Principal of an inner-city charter school that has consistently been the top performing public middle school in the Boston area since its founding.

Before starting the Academy, Boyd earned her MBA and Masters in Public Policy from Harvard, worked as an educational consultant and taught middle school in Kyushu, Japan.

Boyd serves on the board of Harvard Business Schoolís Initiative on Social Enterprise, the National Council for Teacher Quality, the KIPP Bayview Academy and is an advisor for PBS on its education programming. Boydís work has been featured on CNN, PBS, the Today Show and in the Wall Street Journal, Wired, New Yorker, USA Today, Washington Post and numerous other publications.

In 2003, she was named one of the World Economic Forumís 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow. She was born in New Jersey and has her Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters.


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