Camilla Simon is the Executive Director of HECHO. She is passionate about elevating Latino voices in local, state and national conservation efforts, especially when it comes to accessing public lands.
Since she joined HECHO in November 2014, she has worked to broaden the definition of a conservationist, and elevate the importance of Hispanic/Latino generational ties to the land and what that knowledge can add to public policy debates around access to the outdoors and conservation of land, water, and air for future generations. To support this, she has led many advocacy efforts that brought Hispanic/Latino perspectives to the forefront of national conservation campaigns. Camilla also has cultivated a prolific guest blog series featuring Hispanic/Latino stories of connection to the outdoors, stewardship of natural resources for future generations, and conservation leadership.
In 2018, Camilla was instrumental in envisioning and forming a mutually beneficial partnership between HECHO and the National Wildlife Federation to collaborate authentically and intentionally lift up our aligned conservation missions and shared values in order to build an inclusive and equitable conservation movement—one that engages all communities in protecting the natural world for future generations. Through this partnership, Camilla is leading HECHO through the joint development and implementation of collaborative projects with the Federation family that bring financial resources, build capacity, and increase visibility for Hispanic/Latino conservation leaders across the nation.
Prior to joining HECHO, Camilla managed the distribution of over $20 million annually in conservation funds at a major foundation, aimed at increasing the capacity of local, regional, and national nonprofits. She also started the foundation’s first composting program to dramatically reduce landfill waste. She has also worked on a number of programs to connect children with nature.
Camilla graduated from Pacific University in Oregon with a degree in creative writing and literature; and then summa cum laude in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School. She is Treasurer of the board of the nonprofit Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards, which provides trail maintenance jobs, teaches traditional tool skills to new generations of stewards, and assists the recreating public. Camilla lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters, and is enjoying getting to know the outdoors on the East Coast after living most of her life in the west.
Elizabeth “Liz” Archuleta is HECHO’s Arizona Spokesperson. She is currently serving her fifth term on the Coconino County Board of Supervisors representing District Two. She is honored to be the first Latina elected to office in the history of Coconino County. Liz is a native of Flagstaff and fourth generation resident. Liz is involved with HECHO because she is committed to ensuring Hispanics have a voice in public lands and natural resource policy.
Liz served as President of the County Supervisors Association, representing the 15 counties in the State of Arizona. She established the Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council and has served as Chair for several years. Liz also served on the Governor’s Arizona Statewide Water Advisory Council.
Liz's experience and the relationships she has developed in the area of public lands and natural resources is invaluable to HECHO. Liz has been instrumental in shaping public lands policy on the national level. As the Chairwoman of the National Association of Counties Public Lands Steering Committee (2007-2009), she led the successful reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (SRS) and full funding of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for all counties.
One of the most challenging periods of Liz’s service has been the past few years dealing with the greatest disaster in the history of Coconino County – the Schultz Fire and Floods, which severely impacted her district. Liz was very successful in securing millions of dollars in funding to mitigate the flooding and the work she has done is recognized nationally as a model.
Liz has received many awards including the Athena Award recognizing her achievements as the most outstanding woman in Flagstaff and the statewide Valle del Sol Exemplary Leadership Award. During Arizona’s Centennial, Liz was recognized as one of Arizona’s Latina Trailblazers.
Liz lives with her husband and son in Flagstaff.
Amy Dominguez is HECHO’s Communications Coordinator. Amy is a proud daughter of migrant parents, a first generation U.S. citizen, and the first in her family to receive a degree, graduating from Westminster College in 2015. At HECHO, Amy’s responsibilities encompass press statements, op-eds, campaign strategy, and event execution.
Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Amy is surrounded by natural beauty provided by Utah’s Wasatch Mountain Range. Because of the close proximity of forests and desert, Amy has long enjoyed hiking and camping and is passionate about making those hobbies more accessible to communities of color. Representation in conservation dialogue is important to Amy, and what drew her to HECHO in the first place. HECHO’s mission statement resonates with her values, safeguarding public lands for future generations to enjoy, and protecting our cultural connection to the land that many of our indigenous ancestors first owned.
Previously to working at HECHO, Amy worked in marketing agency settings, overseeing social media strategy, establishing communications plans, and developing data driven campaigns.
Amy lives in the heart of Salt Lake City with her husband and two husky mixes, Balto and Atlas.