NMLC Welcomes New Executive Director, Mimi Wolok
New Mexico Land Conservancy (NMLC) is delighted to announce that attorney Mimi Wolok has accepted the position of Executive Director. Following former Executive Director Scott Wilber’s long and successful tenure of the nonprofit organization, she is now leading the statewide land trust based in Santa Fe, NM, effective April 3rd.
Mimi has long dedicated herself to land trust work, serving on a regional land trust board and numerous conservation acquisition and management advisory councils. She served most recently as the Lead Land Agent for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, coordinating land deals across that state, much like those at NMLC.
Her career has often combined a law degree from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida. As the owner of a civil litigation, corporate, environmental and transactional law firm for over 20 years, she represented land trusts and other nonprofits, as well as landowners, venture capital groups, commercial landlords, start-ups and an array of other clients. On behalf of clients, she engineered creative ways to keep working agricultural lands working and conserve biologically diverse landscapes. Mimi’s extensive nonprofit experience includes serving as the first Executive Director of Audubon of the Western Everglades and as staff attorney for UNM’s Center for Wildlife Law and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples, Florida, where she hosted the first annual Florida Land Trust Conference.
“This is the culmination of a career dedicated to land trust work. I am blown away at the sophistication NMLC’s staff and volunteer board bring to highly complex land deals with generous landowners around New Mexico. And I am grateful to have the opportunity to continue NMLC’s vision of reaching one million acres under conservation easement, and to begin the work of diversifying its funding portfolio.” —Mimi Wolok
“We are excited to have Mimi on board and expect to continue and increase our conservation land efforts,” said NMLC’s Board Chair, George Dennis.