Board of Directors
Noah Long, President
Noah is a senior attorney working with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Energy Program. Noah’s began work with NRDC in 2006, when he helped initiate NRDC’s successful campaign to protect Chilean Patagonia from large hydro development. In 2008, he joined the energy program staff with a focus on regulation of electric and gas utilities. He has worked on policies to deploy renewable energy and energy efficiency, invest in clean energy research and development, and clean up dirty power plants.
Noah manages NRDC’s western clean energy work and coordinates a national network of advocates supporting strong and effective carbon standards for power plants. He is also on the board of the Interwest Energy Alliance, a regional renewable energy trade association, and the Western Clean Energy Campaign. Noah holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a Master of Science in International Development and Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor of art from Bowdoin College.
Noah loves hiking, biking and skiing in the mountains of New Mexico especially when he can bring along his dog, Rojo.
Kristina Ortez, Vice President
Kristina Ortez grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California. She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Anthropology and most recently with a Masters of Public Administration from the University of New Mexico.
She began her career in New York City working in marketing and editing. In the late 90s, Kristina and friends started an internet company whose demise is forever immortalized on digital film in “Startup.com.” Shortly after the internet boom, Kristina moved to Indonesia, where she worked as an editor at Lontar Foundation, a literary foundation in Jakarta. It was here that her environmental consciousness was born after witnessing the devastating effects of environmental degradation.
Kristina came back to the States determined to work on environmental issues that affected her own community. She has been an organizer, advocate and a policy analyst on public lands and water issues and served as a board member of organizations to restore and protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the San Joaquin River. She is currently the Executive Director of the Taos Land Trust.
David Cantor, Treasurer
David Cantor is a principal and founder of LongView Asset Management, LLC, a registered investment advisor in Santa Fe, NM. He has long been interested in environmental issues and in the field of sustainable investing. David served as a board member and president of the CVNM’s sister organization CVNM Education Fund from 2002 to 2005. David was drawn back to the organization in 2016, inspired by the outstanding work being done by CVNM and by the urgent need for strong pro-environmental legislation in our home state.
Prior to moving to New Mexico in 1993, David spent a decade in New York City. He was a Vice President in institutional equity sales at First Boston Corp, responsible for some of the firm’s largest clients and after leaving the firm co-founded ARC Associates Inc., an investment banking firm.
In addition to his other activities, David currently serves on the board of the Upaya Zen Center and as a volunteer member of the finance committee at the Santa Fe Art Institute. David grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, where he developed an early love of mountains. He is an avid skier, hiker, mushroom hunter and cook. David received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Oxford University.
Larry McDaniel, Secretary
Larry and his wife Chris built a successful mixed animal practice in Western Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. After selling the practice, Dr. McDaniel spent the rest of his career in industry, including a 17-year stint as a marketing executive for Nestle Purina Pet Care in St. Louis, Missouri.
As an undergraduate studying wildlife biology at the University of Montana, Larry developed a lifelong love of the outdoors. His first backpacking trip, over 40 years ago, was in the Gila Wilderness. Over the years, he and his wife and children have criss-crossed the Gila and Black Range many times.
Larry was on the Governing Council of the Aldo Leopold High School in Silver City for four years. During his tenure the council completed a long range strategic plan. He also served as a mentor for students on field trips to Costa Rica and on several backpacking trips in the Gila and Aldo Leopold Wilderness areas.
Larry and his wife are avid cyclists and love to travel throughout the west with their bikes. His other interests include hunting, fishing, birding and native plant identification and cultivation.
Charles de Saillan, Director
Charles de Saillan is an environmental attorney in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He moved to New Mexico in 1993 to work for then Attorney General Tom Udall. He currently works for the Interstate Stream Commission.
Before moving to New Mexico, Charlie worked at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., handling enforcement litigation under federal hazardous waste laws, the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. At the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, Charlie helped develop the state’s natural resource damage program. He also led a national attorney general work group on amendment of the Superfund law, urging Congress to retain strong liability and cleanup provisions. In 1999, Charlie moved to the Environment Department where he handled enforcement and permitting actions involving air quality, water quality, hazardous wastes and site remediation. He successfully took on hard rock mines, petroleum refineries, electric power plants and national nuclear weapons laboratories. He negotiated a settlement agreement for comprehensive investigation and cleanup of pollution at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Charlie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University, a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, and an LL.M. in Energy and Environmental Law from Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium. He has numerous publications in the field of environmental law.
Charlie enjoys cycling, hiking and backpacking, skiing and photography (he still shoots film!). For several years he was a volunteer with St. John’s College and Atalaya search and rescue teams. He is a certified scuba diver.
Chris Ford, Director
Chris Ford is a retired attorney. His legal career included private practice and 15 years as a prosecutor in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. After his first retirement in 2002, his continuing interest in public and nonprofit administration, as well as service on nonprofit boards, led to a certificate in nonprofit administration at The Bader Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2005. Thereafter, he served as President of the Board and Interim Executive Director for three years at Centro Legal, a nonprofit legal service provider on Milwaukee’s south side. Upon re-retirement a few years ago, he moved to Santa Fe and currently serves on the board of the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, CVNM’s affiliate in Wisconsin, and is a strong supporter of the Santa Fe Conservation Trust. Chris and his wife, Jude, a retired psychotherapist and writer, enjoy their family, their land, and their two dogs.
I’m a conservation voter because as a grandfather I share the most basic concern of all parents and grandparents: our children’s futures. There’s little enough we can do to really help those who follow us. Choosing a future world that helps our progeny, not hurts them, seems the best way to put what small influence I have to its best purpose.
Kent Salazar, Director
Kent Salazar is a lifelong resident of New Mexico, a single parent, an avid hiker, angler, hunter and birder. His family roots are in Northern New Mexico. He currently lives in Albuquerque where he formerly operated an environmental consulting business and has farms in Lucero and Peralta, New Mexico.
Kent was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Valles Caldera National Preserve Board of Trustees in 2011 and he served as chairman from 2012 to 2015. Kent has served on the New Mexico State Game and Fish Commission and New Mexico Governors Climate Change committee under former NM Governor Richardson. He serves as a board member of several organizations including western vice chair of the National Wildlife Federation Board and advisory board member of Hispanic Enjoying Camping, Hunting and the Outdoors (HECHO).
Kent has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of New Mexico, and is retired from the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department where he served as a division manager for over twenty years.
His conservation endeavors for the past 20 years have entailed the conservation and preservation of wildlife and habitat on a local, state, and national level. He has served on: the Western Governors Grand Canyon Visibility Transport Commission which studied visibility in Class 1 Wilderness areas and the U.S. Senate Outdoor Resources Review Committee which made recommendations on the needs of Americas Great Outdoors.