The NM Healthy Soil Working Group is a grassroots advocacy group. Teamwork, coalition-building and consensus are key tenets of our process.
Our mission is to achieve rapid adoption of healthy soil principles, resulting in greater ecological and human well being, significant water infiltration, rural prosperity, and climate resilient communities. We build the movement and support land managers by offering resources, peer-to-peer learning and networking, and advancing consensus based soil stewardship while creating favorable government policy and raising active awareness in our civil society.
Robb Hirsch recognizes that the health of food, the health of our families and the health of the planet are all directly connected to the health of the soil. As lead legislative liaison of the NM Healthy Soil Working Group and with a talent for diplomacy, he knows his way around the Roundhouse.
Robb is the founder and executive director of the Climate Change Leadership Institute (CCLI), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Santa Fe. Robb earned a BA in environmental policy from Harvard University and as a Fulbright Scholar received an MA in sustainable development from New Zealand’s Otago University.
He worked for the US Department of State Oceans, Environment and Science (OES) Bureau focused on the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Biodiversity Treaty. Presently, along with CCLI, Robb runs a New Mexico wind energy business (WindForce), and does consulting for utility scale renewable energy development companies. He recently served as the co-chair for the City of Santa Fe Sustainability Commission and Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce.
Isabelle Jenniches is a skilled community organizer with experience in policy and farmer-to-farmer education. Drawing from her background in theater and design, she attends to storytelling, communications and outreach as well as program development.
Summers spent at her grandparents’ small farm in the Eifel region of Germany instilled in Isabelle a deep love for an agrarian way of life. Moving to the US in 2005, she started a community garden, studied organic agriculture and permaculture and worked at a fifth generation family farm in California before coming to New Mexico.
Isabelle was involved with the CA Healthy Soil Program as part of the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN). At the Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) she established the organization’s regenerative agriculture initiative and helped coordinate the annual EcoFarm Conference, bringing together ~1,800 food system stakeholders from across the US and internationally.
She represents the Working Group on the National Healthy Soils Policy Network, is a governing board member of the NM Food & Agriculture Policy Council, and currently serves on the New Mexico Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) Alliance.
Claudia Reynoso is tending land her dad purchased in a beautiful pocket of the Carson National Forest. A passionate and effective educator, she works with volunteers and youth to promote soil health stewardship and helps farmers and ranchers take advantage of funding opportunities for conservation.
Claudia returned to Northern New Mexico after graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s in Conservation Biology and Masters in Natural Resources. She studied the effects of fire and invasive species on the native Arizona Grey squirrel in the Catalina Mountains, ecosystem services provided by the Mexican Free-tailed bat, payments for ecosystem services, wildlife and natural resource management, and the benefits of urban green spaces.
As a science teacher at Escalante Middle High School for four years she developed an outdoor learning program. Through her position as a District Manager at the Upper Chama SWCD she collaborated with Chama Peak Land Alliance, San Juan Chama Watershed Partnership, Chama Valley School District, Upper Chama SWCD, River Source and other individual partners throughout the state.