Dr. Karen Trujillo was appointed New Mexico Secretary of Education in January 2019 by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
A native New Mexican with more than 20 years of experience as an educator, Dr. Trujillo believes the role of the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) is to promote and support a model of continual improvement for educators, students and schools.
Under her leadership, the department is focused on supporting all students in the state using a multicultural framework honoring the strength of diversity.
Dr. Trujillo has broad experience in New Mexico’s education system, from Pre-K to higher education. Before joining the NMPED, she most recently worked on educator development at New Mexico State University (NMSU). She believes that in order to have a teaching force in New Mexico that is representative of its student population, the state must recruit educators from within, and support candidates in high school, through college and into their first five years as educators.
At NMSU’s College of Education, Dr. Trujillo established the first statewide career technical student organization for future educators, Educators Rising. This organization is a “grow your own teachers” initiative that gives students an opportunity to engage in teaching while still in high school. When it began, there were only six schools engaged, and today, under Dr. Trujillo’s leadership, there are now more than 40 schools and over 600 students in the program.
In addition to Educators Rising, Dr. Trujillo established the Southwest Outreach Academic Research (SOAR) Lab to study the impact of professional development and student engagement programs in New Mexico.
Prior to joining NMSU, Dr. Trujillo served as an administrator at Las Cruces Catholic School and taught at Las Cruces High School, Cobre High School, Hot Springs High School and Alma D’Arte.
She received her B.S. (1992), M.S. (1993), and Ph.D. (1998) in mathematics education from NMSU.
For Dr. Trujillo, a strong public education system is personal. Her mother and three of her aunts taught and seven of her cousins are educators. She is the oldest of five children, and has more than 30 nieces, nephews and cousins who are part of the public education system in New Mexico. Dr. Trujillo has been married to Ben Trujillo for 28 years and they have three children.
Kara Bobroff, M.A., Ed. S.
Deputy Secretary of Identity, Equity and Transformation
Kara Bobroff has been working in education for nearly 30 years, beginning her career as a special education teacher. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Native American Community Academy Inspired School Network in Albuquerque, which she founded. Deputy Secretary Bobroff previously served on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She holds a bachelor’s in special education, a master’s in special education, and an educational specialist degree from the University of New Mexico.
Katarina “Kata” Sandoval, M.A.
Deputy Secretary of Academic Engagement and Student Success
Kata Sandoval has worked in education for more than two decades, including more than 10 years as a classroom teacher. She recently served as the Senior Director of Academics and School Performance for the Native American Community Academy, implementing K-12 program development. Deputy Secretary Sandoval rose through the ranks to serve in administration, primarily with the state’s largest school district, Albuquerque Public Schools, including serving as Chief Academic Officer and Associate Superintendent. She brings experience in bilingual education and currently serves on the board of Dual Language Education of New Mexico. Deputy Secretary Sandoval holds a bachelor’s from Stanford University and a master’s in education from Harvard University.
Gwen Perea Warniment, Ph.D.
Deputy Secretary of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Gwen Perea Warniment has been working in education for nearly two decades. She has taught at schools in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Los Alamos, focusing on bilingual education. She recently served as K-12 Program Director for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, where she oversaw STEM education initiatives and development, in addition to advocacy and partnerships. Deputy Secretary Warniment’s work has had a particular focus on culturally sustainable STEAM education, innovative assessment, and multiliteracy. She holds a bachelor’s from the University of New Mexico, a master’s in curriculum and instruction and literacy from New Mexico Highlands University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State University.
Timothy Hand, Ph.D.
Deputy Secretary of Policy, Strategy and Accountability
Timothy Hand has served in various roles in education around the state, ranging from Upward Bound math and science teacher to serving as chief of staff, district statistician, and director of assessment, analysis and research for New Mexico’s second largest school district. Timothy also served as Deputy Director of the Legislative Education Study committee and as the senior institutional researcher for New Mexico State University but his most cherished role was 15 years as a high school coach. His experience in this role both teaching and learning from high school students in Las Cruces sets his vision and priorities squarely on a personalized, strengths-based approach to the development of the whole child. Dr. Hand holds a doctorate in educational leadership from New Mexico State University.
Deputy Secretary of Finance and Operations
Adán Delgado has long been involved in New Mexico education, first serving as a classroom teacher—secondary science and computers, then as principal, and finally as a superintendent of schools. In 2015, Adán was the Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents’ NM Superintendent of the Year.
Adán has served on multiple state and national boards and committees, including the board of directors for the NM Activities Association and for the NM School Superintendents’ Association. He has participated in research projects funded by NASA, Sandia National Laboratories, and at Eastman Kodak’s Engineering Physics Lab in Rochester, NY.
Adán holds a BS in Engineering, an MA in Educational Leadership—both from NM Highlands University, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership from UNM. He holds Level III teaching credentials in mathematics, science, social studies, technology education, and IT.
Adán has been married for 26 years and has three children attending New Mexico’s public schools.
Chief of Staff
Daniel Manzano comes to the Public Education Department with over 18 years in public service. Prior to joining the department, Manzano held a Chief of Staff role at the Bernalillo County Assessor’s office. Prior to his role with Bernalillo County, Manzano served as the Policy Director for the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where he represented 27 domestic violence shelters around the state. Manzano also held several posts in state government, including Director of Constituent Services for the Office of the Lt. Governor, the Leadership Analyst for the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate and Analyst for Senate Finance Committee.
Daniel was born and raised in New Mexico, and attended Silver Consolidated Public Schools. He has been married to his wife Alicia for 13 years, and has a daughter, Aliana. Daniel was on his way to becoming a licensed professional counselor in Albuquerque before taking this post and remains active in ministry at his church.