Emily Kaltenbach, State Director, New Mexico

Emily Kaltenbach is a Senior Director for DPA’s National Criminal Justice Reform Strategy and State Director for DPA’s New Mexico Office. As Senior Director, Emily co-leads an internal process to generate a multi-year criminal justice reform strategy to guide DPA’s efforts in the field and is responsible for establishing DPA’s criminal justice policy and advocacy priorities, convening and coordinating a departmental criminal justice team to inform and advise priorities and strategy, devising and outlining reform campaigns that advance the organization’s goals and objectives, and ensuring that criminal justice policy and advocacy campaigns across the organization are strategic, coordinated, and maximally efficient.

Based in New Mexico, Kaltenbach also manages the staff of the New Mexico Office. As state director since 2011, she helped start the second Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program in the nation and was deeply involved in reforming New Mexico’s asset forfeiture law, a model for the rest of the country.

Kaltenbach joins the organization following 15 years working in New Mexico implementing rural community-based health centers, helping reform the long-term care system, and setting the stage to implement federal health care reform in the state. Prior to joining DPA, she served as the director of Policy and Planning at the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department and served as the acting director for New Mexico's Office of Health Care Reform.

Born and raised in rural New Mexico, Kaltenbach graduated from Beloit College with a BA in sociology and a minor in health care studies. She later completed a master’s degree in health administration at the University of Washington's School of Public Health before returning to New Mexico.