About Us

Mission, Vision, Core Values

We will create a future where all people understand, value, and protect the Chihuahuan Desert. 

To inspire all people to take action towards a sustainable future of the Chihuahuan Desert. 

Core Values 
Accountability – Integrity -Teamwork – Diversity & Inclusion – Innovation – Nature 

CDEC was founded in 2004 at the El Paso Zoo in collaboration with El Paso Water. We are a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and everyone is a volunteer. To get involved as a committee member or as part of our leadership team you can contact us here.

2022 Board of Directors

Officers and Committee Chairs

Rick LoBello, Chair
Dora Hernandez, Vice Chair, Fiesta Chair, Nominating Committee
Robert Vines, Treasurer 1
Jacob Croft, Treasure 2, Prairie Dog Project, Nominating Committee
Dr. Kristen Lear, Secretary

Stephanie Chavez, International Member Recruitment
Kendra Jones, Biosphere Reserves
Rick Kelly
Shannon King, Website
Joe Montisano, Fundraising Chair
Diane Perez
George Gomez Pinon
John Sellers, Retreat Coordinator

Advisory Committee
Jason Abrams

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