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Home arrowNews arrowApril 7, 2014

President Designates Teresa Isabel Leger de Fernandez of Santa Fe, NM, New Vice Chair of Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

President Barack Obama has designated Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) General Public Member Teresa Isabel Leger de Fernandez of Santa Fe, NM, as the vice chair of the organization.

Teresa Isabel Leger de Fernandez (right) in attendance at a Council panel.

She has been a member of the ACHP since she was appointed by the President in February 2013 and brings extensive public and private experience to her position.

Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, noted: "Ms. Leger de Fernandez, with her expertise withAmerican Indian tribes, extensive legal knowledge, and commitment to her Latino community is well suited to help guide the government's national historic preservation practices as the ACHP reaches the milestone of a half-century of existence. The ACHP's mission of promoting the preservation and appreciation of the nation's diverse cultural heritage will be greatly aided by her knowledge and experience as she assumes this new responsibility."

Pictured at the Angel Island listening session March 18, Teresa Isabel Leger de Fernandez was designated vice chair of the ACHP by President Obama on April 3.Teresa Isabel Leger de Fernandez founded Leger Law & Strategy in Santa Fe, New Mexico to build on her 26 years of representing Native American sovereigns, socially conscious businesses, and communities in New Mexico and the Nation on issues as diverse as cultural preservation on the Grand Canyon, renewable energy negotiations and financing. She has successfully litigated major Voting Rights Act and other impact litigation cases in New Mexico and Arizona. She serves as General Counsel to several Indian tribes, including the Pueblos of Laguna, Santa Ana, and Santo Domingo. Previously, she clerked for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She is a member of the Historic Marker Selection Committee of the New Mexico International Women's Forum, is President of Homewise and a Commissioner of Las Acequias de Chupadero. Leger de Fernandez has served on the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, as Vice Chair of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and as Vice-Chair of the National Center for Genome Resources. President Clinton appointed her a White House Fellow in 1995/1996. She received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.


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