Kevin Bixby
Executive Director

As the son of a naval officer, Kevin grew up all over the world, but the American West has always been home. While attending high school in Oakland, he began his activist career by volunteering at the Berkeley Ecology Center. After graduating with a B.A. in biology from Dartmouth College in 1978, he returned to the San Francisco Bay Area and began volunteering at Friends of the Earth where he rubbed elbows with the late, great David Brower. Working to save condors and whales by day, he made a living by driving a San Francisco taxicab at night. Realizing that more education might be useful, Kevin set off to the School of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan in 1985, where he earned a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Policy. But the West beckoned, and in 1988 Kevin moved to New Mexico with his future wife, Lisa LaRocque, and started the Southwest Environmental Center in 1991.

Ashley Martinez
Membership Coordinator and Canvass Director

Ashley considers the Southwest her home. She was born in Albuquerque and spent most of her life between the Duke City and El Paso, TX.  Her passion for wildlife conservation started at a young age, while spending her childhood summers taking pack trips on horses and hiking with her father in the Gila wilderness. Her advocacy work for conservation and social change began right out of high school. While attending college, she started canvassing for several different regional and national organizations in Albuquerque. Ashley started her work with the Southwest Environmental Center as a canvasser in the summer of 2010. In her free time, she creates mixed media art and is active in the art and music scene of El Paso, TX. 

Amanda Munro
Border Campaign Coordinator
Field Organizer

Amanda spent her childhood exploring the forests of rural Northern California, where she grew up catching lizards and climbing trees with her sister. A love of animals and the outdoors soon blossomed into advocacy; she first started calling on elected officials to protect local predator animals like mountain lions, coyotes, and bears at the age of eleven. Between the ages of 19 and 23, she spent over a year and half traveling solo in Central and South America where she developed a passion for environmental justice. After graduating from the University of Portland with a degree in Environmental Ethics & Policy, she moved to Las Cruces, NM in 2017. Amanda is beyond excited to be working with an organization that shares her values, on issues that she feels passionate about, alongside activists working both for the environment and immigrant rights.