Artist, Marie Campos,

Holding to her Native and Santa Fe family roots, Marie has been actively involved in cultural preservation and community development here in Northern New Mexico for 17 years. Currently, she is focusing on her artwork and lending her vast experience in cultural preservation to benefit the development of Santa Fe's future.  If you want to preserve Santa Fe's local lifestyle-- Native American and Spanish culture mixed with modern arts, legendary cuisine, rustic sophistication--and have a safe and secure place where young families can afford to raise their children, vote for Marie in the upcoming city council election on March 1st.

As President of the La Cieneguita Neighborhood Homeowners/Neighborhood Association, Marie works in a volunteer capacity providing a food distribution program that serves those in need.  She is actively involved in keeping inappropriate developments from taking over our green space and destroying Santa Fe's local culture.  She has worked in sustainable community development in many capacities, from executive leadership consulting, ghost grant writing, to being the founder and president of projects and non-profit organizations. 

Marie holds a bachelor of Fine Arts and master of Liberal Arts from St. John’s CollegeShe is founder and president of the Native Hispanic Institute, Chimayó Chile Project, and also the Board secretary for Chimayó Chile Farmers, Inc.  Her success in creating grass-roots heritage movements to bridge cultural industries with modern marketplaces, has carved out a practical approach for preserving indigenous living traditions.

Her proceeding, presented at the Second National Small Farmer’s Conference, Building a Bridge to Economic Independence; Establishing a 1994 Land Grant Extension Project, was published by the USDA, CSREES and Lincoln University.  Subsequently, United States Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman awarded her a certificate of outstanding contribution in 1999.  

The tribal college project models she authored between 1998—2001: Native American Pastoral Textile Project, Navajo Textile Project, and Navajo Food Project were consecutively selected for presentation to the United States Congress by the National Association of State Land Grant Universities and Colleges.

In 2001, as a consultant, Marie created the core financial development plan for building the
  Santa Fe Farmer's Market permanent site. Working with the farmers, she crafted the  Santa Fe Farmer's Market Institute 501 (c) 3 organization and mission. This acted as the cornerstone for actualizing the building of the permanent site for the market in the Santa Fe Railyard and for implementing programs to promote sustainable agriculture in Northern New Mexico. 

As author of the Cochiti Adobe Project and Pueblo of Pojoaque Community Food Project, her work resulted in the establishment of a tribal adobe-making business in 2004 and a farmers’ market in 2005 respectively.  Her writings on behalf of the Chimayó chile farmers, 2005 SJM 31 and 2007 SJM 35, were drafted and passed by the New Mexico State Legislature. 

Beginning in 2005, she led the legal and community movement to preserve the native strains of Chimayó chile seed and revitalize the market. Contrary to corporations using the village name “Chimayó” for chile not native to, or grown in the area, her leadership resulted in replenishing the native seed stock and winning the 2009 USPTO trademark reg. no. 3,732,889 therein giving exclusive use of the name to the Chimayó chile farmers.

The Native Hispanic Hero Award, authored by Ms. Campos and carried by Rep. Rhonda King in 2009 is still given on the NM state legislature’s house floor. Currently carried by Rep. Nick L. Salazar, the award is a public honor given to those who hold influential positions, and virtuously serve the people by consistently demonstrating the knightly virtues that make up a universal code of chivalry viz., courage, justice, mercy, generosity, truthfulness, faith, nobility, and hope.  Marie designed this program to  bring attention to those who value our cultural living traditions that make New Mexico unique and serve the good of the whole.