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Governor Appoints Kenderline Secretary of NM EMNRD

Melanie A. Kenderdine
Hill, Sidney, EMNRD
Melanie A. Kenderdine

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed Melanie A. Kenderdine as Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

Kenderdine currently serves as the co-founder, Principal and Executive Vice President of the Energy Futures Initiative, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to harnessing the power of technology and policy innovation to accelerate the clean energy transition.

She will begin her service as the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Secretary on May 8.

Gov. Lujan Grisham said, “Melanie has proven herself to be a strategic thinker in the realm of energy policy, and her expertise is this area is recognized both nationally and internationally,” “I look forward to the positive impact she will have in helping New Mexico shape our clean-energy future.”

Before co-founding the Energy Futures Initiative, Kenderdine held high-level positions at the U.S. Department of Energy in both the Obama and Clinton administrations.

In the Obama administration, Kenderdine helped create Mission Innovation, now a 24-country initiative that supports transformational clean energy research, development, and demonstration.

She also helped improve North American grid integration and security; and the modernization of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

During the Clinton administration, she was a primary architect of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve oil exchange of 2000, the creation of the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve, and the return of the Naval Oil Shale Reserve No. 2 to the Ute tribe in Utah.

That was the largest land transfer back to Native Americans in the lower 48 in over 100 years.

Kenderdine said, “I am honored to join Governor Lujan Grisham’ s administration as Secretary of the Department of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources. The governor has committed New Mexico to be a national leader in the country’s journey to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions – I look forward to joining her outstanding team.”

Though she has spent much of her career in Washington, D.C., Kenderdine’s roots are in New Mexico. She graduated from Albuquerque’s Manzano High School and the University of New Mexico.

Shantar Baxter Clinton is the hourly News Reporter for KSFR. He’s earned an Associates of the Arts from Bard College at Simons Rock and a Bachelors in journalism with a minor in anthropology from the University of Maine.