Executive Director (Interim)


Renee Paisano-Trujillo was born in Gallup, New Mexico and raised at the Pueblo of Laguna. She has one daughter and is married at Cochiti Pueblo. Renee has most recently served as the Director of Programs for a local American Indian youth serving the organization and as the Executive Director at the Laguna Rainbow Corporation.

Renee believes she has been fortunate to have been asked to launch a number of initiatives and projects focused on improving outcomes for youth and their families. She launched 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, a board member for New Mexico Youth Action Network, and serves on the leadership council for the New Mexico Afterschool Association and as a board member for the Laguna Community Foundation. She has also served on the Family Subcommittee for the New Mexico Governor’s Progress Agenda.

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).