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NM Department Of Cultural Affairs Announces New Legislative Liaison Michaelene Kyrala of Los Alamos

on December 3, 2019 - 7:55am
Michaelene M. Kyrala
DCA News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has announed that Michaelene M. Kyrala of Los Alamos is the department's newest Legislative Liaison.
Kyrala comes to DCA with a wealth of experience in government and legislative relations. She was born and raised in Los Alamos. She went on to study in Beirut, Lebanon, where she received her bachelor's degree in political science with a dual concentration in international and comparative politics. While studying abroad, she lived with her grandmother and uncle and listened to stories they and other villagers told about the country and its history.
Kyrala experienced a country struggling to preserve ancient sites while also developing infrastructure and a modern economy. It was an important and intimate way to learn about her heritage and understand the dynamics in the region. It instilled the importance that sites, stories and history are protected and represented for present and future generations to learn from and enjoy.
“As Legislative Liaison for DCA I have an opportunity to be part of an organization protecting and promoting New Mexico’s cultural diversity, history, creative sector, and their economic contributions to the state, Kyrala said. 
Kyrala has worked leadership analyst for the past three state senate president pro-tempores and most recently served as the policy director for the New Mexico State Environment Department. She has a master's degree in international business, which she earned while working as a marketing specialist at a Fortune 500 Leadership Development consulting firm. She then transitioned to an associate consultant position at a start-up firm focusing on executive leadership development. In 2014, Kyrala returned to New Mexico and ran an independent consulting firm focusing on policy and research.   
I am fortunate to have such meaningful work be part of my life, and I look forward to using my experience with the legislative and executive branches to achieve successes for DCA, Kyrala said. 
Kyrala joined the DCA Executive Team in November 2019.