Ron Solimon (Laguna Pueblo)
Ron Solimon is former Executive Director of the Albuquerque-based Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC). Ron earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree majoring in Marketing from New Mexico State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law.
He has and continues to serve on several national, regional and local boards, including the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, the Laguna Development Corporation and the Tourism Association of New Mexico.
During his career Ron has received many honors and recognition, including the 2008 Junior Achievement of New Mexico’s New Mexico Business Hall of Fame as a “Business Laureate” and the 1998 U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year for the State of New Mexico. In 2009, New Mexico Secretary of State Mary Herrera paid tribute to Ron “For His Devotion and Endless Dedication to the Native American Electorate, Native American Voting Rights, and the Native American Election Information Program.”
Jacquelyn A. Gutierrez (Santa Clara Pueblo)
Jacquelyn A. Gutierrez comes to IAIA with 15 years of environmental experience and will continue to work with communities to provide outreach in various agriculture and environmental projects. She has assisted with educational outreach to Native communities, and has planed and coordinated a five-day technical and cultural summer camp, which would allows students hands-on training in the areas of water, air, soils/sustainable agriculture, ecology, forest restoration, benthic macro-invertebrate surveys, and emergency response. She has also been responsible for researching grants, instructors, recruitment and logistical planning.
Jacquelyn has also worked with the Indigenous Communities Mapping Initiative with Santa Clara Pueblo and was responsible for the cultural environmental impacts of the Pueblo’s past, present, and future operations through a cultural database. She has also monitored plan compliance with knowledgeable strategies for tribal cultural and historic preservation laws, section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, Executive order on Protection of Sacred Sites, and Archaeological Resources Protection Act.
She comes from a family who has been involved in Native traditional dry farming and has kept and maintained the methods from one generation to the next.