Kathryn Harris Tijerina has a diverse background of leadership roles in community building, education, and Indian affairs throughout the public and private sectors of New Mexico. Some highlights of her career include: Executive Director of Railyard Stewards; Director of Cultural and Recreational Services in Albuquerque, where she created the city botanic garden and aquarium; President of the Institute of American Indian Arts, and Professor with University of Phoenix as one of the first core faculty nationwide.
Kathryn is an enrolled citizen of the Comanche Nation and served as the First Leader of the Comanche Nation College Council. She graduated from Harvard University and earned her juris doctorate from Stanford Law School. Kathryn is still married to her law school sweetheart, Manuel, and loves reading and gardening. She has served on the LANL Foundation board since 2012.