Valerie Espinoza was elected Commissioner of District 3 of the Public Regulation Commission in November 2012. She began serving her term and was selected to be Vice-Chair of the Commission in January 2013. She is committed to protecting the public interest while engaging utilities to advance efficiency and clean energy sources. She promotes innovation and technological advancement in the telecommunications, water and transportation (train, ambulance and towing) industries and advocates for public safety as a regulator of the Fire Marshall.
2013 – present. Commissioner, District 3, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC).
Elected Vice-Chair in 2013 and 2014.
Chair, NMPRC Wildfire Task Force.
Convened over 20 tribal, state, federal, and local government agencies; utilities, cooperatives, non-profit organizations, and citizens to discuss wildfire prevention solutions.
Held public meetings to inform the public on electric utility, telecommunication and transportation issues throughout District 3.
Appointed to the committees of the National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners
Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment
Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access
2004-2012 Santa Fe County Clerk. Brought county voting locations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; helped pass legislation for all-paper ballot voting system in New Mexico; updated county voter records, which in turn updated the State Voter Registration system.
Implemented scanning of voter registration forms into the electronic voter registration file.
Successful implementation of updated system in Santa Fe County prior to the general election of 2006.
1979-1984 - Supervisor, Notary Public Division, Office of the Secretary of State.
Authored procedures for use by future Secretaries of State and their employees.
1984-2004 – Executive Office Administrator, Office of the Deputy Associate Laboratory Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Support to Senior Managers and Directors; Lab liaison for partnering state and federal organizations including the U.S. Department of Energy; Responsible for office staff.
Other duties included: establishing office guidelines; conference organization; serving as designated Laboratory Meeting Planner for all Legislative and Congressional staff visits.
Organizer for the Laboratory's 1995 University Outreach Special Programs project. This project included placing, interviewing, hiring, and counseling 170 minority students from around the world.
Host of weekly TV program "Consumer Action" on local channel 16 community access.
Member of National Association of Latino Elected Officials.
Member of the Capital City Business & Professional Women's Organization.
Member of MANA [Mexican-American Women's National Association] del Norte.
Second Vice-President of the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers
Member of the County Clerk's Affiliate of the New Mexico Association of Counties
Member of the National Association of Counties
Member of the Northern Humane Society Advisor Board
Del Norte Red Cross Board Member
Northern New Mexico Citizens' Advisory Board Member
Northern New Mexico Crisis Center Board Member
Member of the State Commission for Film &Media Industries
Member of the Sustainable Enhancement Team [SET] Task Force on Election Process
Member of the Santa Fe County Task Force on DWI
Member of the Espanola Animal Shelter Advisory Board
Chairwoman of the Governor's Animal Shelter Services Board
Host of weekly radio program on elections in the county and state,
Que Suave, KSWV Radio AM 810
Open Hands Board Member
Member of the Board of Trustees of Santa Fe Children's Museum
Member of the Board of New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC)
Executive Board Member of the New Mexico Association of Counties
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES
Albuquerque Business First, Woman of Influence (2014)
Capital City Professional and Business Woman of the Year, nominee (2011)
Capital City Professional and Business Woman of the Year (2009)
Local Government Leadership Program of New Mexico, Certificate of Achievement (2009)
"Woman of the Year" recognition from the New Mexico Status of Women (2003 and 2007)
Pollution Prevention Awareness Award from Los Alamos National Laboratory
Designation as a Certified Advocate for Public Ethics, 2014. New Mexico State University (NMSU) EDGE Program.
Completion of coursework, The Basics in Utility Rates, via NMSU Center for Public Utilities and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
Bachelor of Arts from the College of Santa Fe in Organizational Psychology (1997)
Associate of Applied Science from Northern New Mexico Community College in Human Services (1993)
Certified Public Official, New Mexico State University County College
Los Alamos National Laboratory - mediation, negotiation, conflict management and resolution training.