Deb Caldwell is the Executive Director for Friends of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
A native Socorroan, Deb grew up loving the outdoors and Bosque del Apache, and she returned ‘home’ in 2010. Since her return to Socorro County, Deb has also served as the Executive Director of the Socorro County Chamber of Commerce, while doing leadership and teamwork consulting for the Federal Drug Administration in Washington, DC part-time.
In the past five years, Deb has facilitated a number of economic development meetings and 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 25 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.
Since her return, Deb has actively volunteered, including stints as Secretary and Vice President for the Amigos de la Sevilleta board and a member of the Socorro Animal Shelter advisory board. Deb holds a M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and B.A. in English Composition from New Mexico State University.