Priscilla Lucero

Executive Director

Phone: 575-956-1293

Priscilla Lucero is a native of Silver City. She joined the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments in 1987 and in 2003, she became the Executive Director. Priscilla provides technical assistance to her region in matters related to economic development, transportation, housing, water and wastewater.

Priscilla represents the region on numerous boards and commissions including the Community Partnership for Children, Grant County Community Health Council, New Mexico Colonias Infrastructure Board and the New Mexico Finance Authority Weatherization Board. She was recently appointed by Governor Lujan Grisham to serve on the New Mexico Finance Authority Housing Trust Fund Committee and the New Mexico Finance Authority Water Trust Board.

Lucero has been recognized for her work to improve the quality of life for residents in Southwest New Mexico many times, including the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest Woman of Distinction, Rotary Above Self Award, Joe Guillen Award, and the Grant County Citizen of the Year.

Emily Gojkovich

Deputy Director

Phone: 575-956-1294

Emily Gojkovich is the Deputy Director of the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments. Emily is a native of Silver City and loves her family and the outdoors. Her duties besides helping run the day-to-day operations include providing technical assistance to promote economic development in the region. Emily is passionate about helping all the communities in southwest New Mexico create a quality of life that residents and visitors alike can enjoy.

Cerisse Grijalva

Transportation Planner

Phone: 575-956-1291

Cerisse Grijalva is the Transportation Planner for the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments. Cerisse is a native of Silver City area and graduated from Western New Mexico University with a degree in nursing. Cerisse has been with the COG for 10 years. She enjoys getting projects funded and completed to better our communities in the Southwest Region.

Jessie St. Clair

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 575-956-1295

Jessie joins our team as a recent graduate of Western New Mexico University, with a BS in General Business. Jessie has lived in Silver City for 7 years. When she is not helping with the smooth operation in the office, she enjoys traveling with her two boys. As a native of Vermont, she loves living in Southwest New Mexico and not owning a snow shovel.