Dr. Bustamante has over 25 years in education, training and community advancement. She has led and participated in regional and community planning, educational and economic program development and assessment. She has developed and managed budgets for academic, state, and federal agencies to address both normal and off-normal events in the interest of community resilience and sustainability, and served at the operations level for environmental health emergency response during Katrina, the Cerro Grande Fire, and others. She has experience in grant writing, monitoring, management, reporting, and regulatory compliance. Dr. Bustamante is President of the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area and is on the board of Amigos de los Luceros, the City of Santa Fe’s Quality of Life Board and the national board of the University Economic Development Association.
She previously has served on the Santa Fe County La Bajada Steering Committee, Sustainable Santa Fe Commission, Santa Fe County La Cienega Development Review Board, National Environmental Training Association and Sustainable Communities/ZERI (Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives) New Mexico. She holds multiple degrees from the University of New Mexico: a dual degree Ph.D. in Health Education and a Master of Public Health and an M.A. in Training and Learning Technologies as well as a B.S. in Telecommunication and English from Northern Arizona University.