I am a lifelong resident of the South Valley. I'm running for Public Education Commission District 1 to bring Charter school knowledge to the Commission. I have the knowledge, the grit, and the passion to represent this district's constituents well.
Candidate for District 1, NM Public Education Commission
Melissa Armijo is running for District 1 of the Public Education Commission, the New Mexico commission that authorizes all state-chartered charter schools in New Mexico. Armijo is a lifelong resident of the South Valley of Albuquerque who has spent her professional and volunteer career dedicated to the education of New Mexicans. She believes that charter schools offer an important viable option for students who may not fit into traditional school models. Armijo also recognizes the importance of holding charter schools accountable to delivering high standards of education and financial transparency.
Armijo currently works as an administrator at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation where she helps raise money for the Center’s many educational programs dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities. She previously served as the Special Assistant to the Dean of Students at the University of New Mexico and, while at UNM, served as the co-chair of the Staff Council Student Success Committee.
Armijo currently serves as the Board President of the Mark Armijo Academy Charter High School, a charter school serving at risk youth which was named after her late husband Mark Armijo who passed away in 2015. She also serves as the Vice President of the Armijo Family Scholarship Fund where she has helped raise and distribute more than $85,000 in scholarships to New Mexico students who are majoring in education and STEM fields. She is also a current Board Member of Youth Development Incorporated that helps families with childcare, early childhood development, as well as mentoring and job training services. In addition, she serves on the Technical Customer Advisory Committee of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority.
Armijo previously served as a board member of Nuestros Valores Charter High School, the Hubbell House Alliance, and on the governing board for CNM. Serving in various roles with Las Mujeres, Inc., she helped raise more than $250,000 for scholarships for New Mexico women to attend New Mexico universities, and helped collaborate with Freddie Mac to host home buying seminars in Albuquerque to help families get the tools and education needed to help them move toward home ownership.
Armijo attended Rio Grande High School and both New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico. She is a recent graduate of Emerge New Mexico and has certifications in Women in Leadership and Non-Profit Management from UNM’s Anderson School of Management.
She was born and raised in Albuquerque and is a lifelong resident of the South Valley. She and late husband Mark have two adult children, Aja and Christian, who are her most impressive accomplishments.