United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) has hired Lisa Salazar as its Rio Arriba Impact Director.
As a native of Northern New Mexico, Salazar joins UWNNM with a career of experience in the STEM field and outreach programs serving area youth. She has been an advocate for the health and education of the community and having worked previously as a microbiologist for the New Mexico Department of Health, Salazar brings working knowledge and experience with population epidemiology and healthcare challenges in rural communities.
As an advocate for STEM outreach, Salazar has organized youth serving programs, and engaged participation and inclusion of science experiments in after-school programs. She also has mentored high school students in summer research internships, creating pathways into future careers in STEM fields.
As the Rio Arriba Impact Director, Salazar will use her experience to create a more dynamic Live United internship program, and network rural libraries, regional teen centers, youth mentorship programs and after school tutoring programs to advance STEM learning opportunities for Northern New Mexico students.
UWNNM serves Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties. To donate, or for more information, visit www.unitedwaynnm.org.