About Garrett VeneKlasen

Garrett’s passion for the Land Office stems from his career exploring and conserving New Mexico’s state trust and national public lands. Garrett spent most of his career as the owner of a small travel company, helping people explore public lands around the world. Before becoming the Executive Director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, he was the SW Director of Trout Unlimited’s Sportsmen’s Conservation Project as well as Trout Unlimited’s New Mexico Public Lands Coordinator. He is outspoken against the transfer of national public lands to individual states.

Garrett was born and raised in New Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. He has a deep appreciation and understanding of core New Mexican cultural values. Garrett lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Annie, and daughter Ava.