Executive Director (Interim)


Renee Paisano-Trujillo is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna. Renee has served various youth development, community development, and native elder-focused organizations and initiatives over the last forty years. She helped launch Recipes for Success: Promising Practices in Rural Afterschool Programs, the NM Out-of-School Time Network—a statewide advocacy group, the Junior Achievement Native American Initiative, and the Elev8 New Mexico Full-Service Schools Initiative.

She has served as a New Mexico Children’s Cabinet ad hoc member and as Family Subcommittee member for the New Mexico Governor’s Progress Agenda. Renee has also served as a board member for the New Mexico Youth Action Network, Albuquerque Indian Center, Laguna Community Foundation, Laguna Colony of Albuquerque, and the Laguna Rainbow Corporation.

National level service has included participation on the Department of Education’s 21st Century Learning Centers Access and Equity Task Force, as an afterschool evaluation panelist at the 2001 Harvard Family Research Symposium, as a Blue Ribbon Panel member for the America’s Forgotten Children Report to the Nation, and has provided expert testimony to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearing on “Innovative Approaches to School Time.” Additionally, she served as an advisory committee member for the joint NCSL, NGA, and CCSSO project, Supporting Student Success (S3).