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Co Chair Deborah Armstrong
Deborah Armstrong was first elected in 2014 to the New Mexico House of Representatives and just retired from that position after serving four terms. As a legislator, she served as Chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee and the bicameral Interim Legislative Health and Human Services Committee. She also served as Vice-Chair of House Rules and Order of Business and a member of House Judiciary and Interim Courts, Corrections and Justice Committees. During her tenure, Ms. Armstrong successfully sponsored several key pieces of legislation, including, among others: Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act, Insurance Coverage for Contraception, Repeal of Abortion Ban, Healthcare Affordability Fund, Cannabis Regulation Act, Domestic Violence Firearm Protection Act and numerous studies related to health reform, such as Medicaid Buy-In and Health Securities Act.
Ms. Armstrong is the Founder and President of Delta Management Group, a Benefits Corporation specializing in the management of associations and nonprofit organizations. Since the inception of Delta in 2008, Ms. Armstrong has consistently been awarded the contract to provide executive management services to New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool (NMMIP), a legislatively created non-profit insurance program for persons with high-risk conditions. She recently transitioned from the position of Executive Director of NMMIP to Senior Policy Advisor and Director of Governmental Relations, elevating another Delta employee to executive director. Since 2008, Delta has grown to a staff of 20 who provide management services to numerous clients.
Prior to starting her business, Ms. Armstrong served as Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) under Governor Bill Richardson. She began her career at ALTSD when it was the State Agency on Aging and served as Director of Elder Rights under the leadership of now Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, thus beginning a long history of a professional and personal relationship with Ms. Lujan Grisham. Ms. Armstrong has worked on all Ms. Lujan Grisham’s campaigns for public office, serving various functions. She also took a leave of absence from Delta in 2013 to serve as District Director for Ms. Lujan Grisham’s first year as a U.S. Congresswoman.
Ms. Armstrong is a former physical therapist and attorney, with more than 45 years of health care related experience in the areas of rehabilitation, home health, hospice, long-term care, community health centers, aging, health insurance and public policy. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan in 1975 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico in 2001.
Co Chair Victor Reyes
Victor Reyes has spent his career working to make a real difference for people and be a strong voice for strong public policy. That’s why Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham tapped him to serve as a senior aide in her administration as her Legislative Director and later as the Deputy Superintendent of the Regulation and Licensing Department where he led the successful rollout of the new adult-use cannabis program which continues to see revenues rise.
Mr. Reyes’s leadership as the Governor’s legislative director helped create two of the most productive legislative sessions in history. And his senior advising on the Governor’s 2022 reelection campaign led to her successful reelection to a second term as New Mexico’s governor.
Mr. Reyes was an architect behind two special legislative sessions focused on providing direct assistance to New Mexicans during the pandemic. He led the governor’s call to pass a major relief package that helped deliver direct unemployment assistance in the form of $1,200 supplemental payments to unemployed New Mexicans, $100 million in grants to small and large businesses, $15 million emergency housing and homeless assistance; and $5 million for emergency food bank services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Reyes helped lead New Mexico’s efforts helping local governments coordinate community response and ensure that our tribes and pueblos had access to the food, shelter, and resources they needed.
Mr. Reyes also served as the chair of NM’s Community Development Council where he oversaw the investment of tens of millions of dollars of federal funds in infrastructure and economic development projects in New Mexico. Under Mr. Reyes’s leadership, the council partnered with the state’s mortgage finance authority to dedicate $13 million dollars in funding to housing and rental assistance to families struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic. Mr. Reyes has also worked with the New Mexico Senate Democratic Caucus. There he worked with State Senators to hold the line against budget cuts that would have been detrimental to public education, healthcare, and public safety.
Prior to his government service, Mr. Reyes built a record of advocacy as a community organizer and advocate in New Mexico. As the political and legislative director of Conservation Voters New Mexico, he led the 2014 campaign cycle and 2015 legislative session. As the Campaigns Director for ProgressNow New Mexico, he helped guide community organizations on communications and legislative strategy.
Mr. Reyes is also a longtime advocate and national leader on reproductive freedom and justice. Mr. Reyespreviously served as the Board Chair of Catholics for Choice, has helped defeat anti-abortion legislation, and worked alongside a diverse coalition of women, families, and community organizations to repeal an antiquated law that would have banned abortions in our state. Mr. Reyes has been previously been named a “Champion of Pride” and a “LGBTQ+ Leader to Watch” by two of the oldest and largest LGBTQ+ publications in the United States.