Photo by Don Boyd
Deb Caldwell has served since 2015 as the Executive Director for Friends of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
A native Socorroan, Deb returned “home” in 2010 to help care for ailing family members. She grew up loving the outdoors, wildlife, and Bosque del Apache. That passion has grown over the years and Deb has recently become an avid birdwatcher. She considers her current position her ultimate dream job. Since her return to Socorro County, Deb has served in many capacities: as the Executive Director of the Socorro County Chamber of Commerce; as parttime leadership and teamwork consultant for the Federal Drug Administration in Washington, DC; as Secretary and Vice President for Amigos de la Sevilleta NWR Board, and as a member of the Socorro Animal Shelter Advisory Board. She was also one of the leaders in our regional USDA Rural Development Strengthening Economies Together (SET) program that resulted in a grant and the development of the Middle Rio Grande Economic Development Association (MRGEDA).
Before returning to New Mexico, Deb spent twenty-five years with IBM, starting as a technical writer and later serving as a team leader, manager, recruiter, business coach, trainer, and executive succession planner in a variety of locations across the US. In the social services arena, Deb was for two years the Director of the Healthy Families Collaboration in Pima County, Arizona.
Deb holds a M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and B.A. in English Composition from New Mexico State University.