PEEC director Jillian Rubio speaks at the November 1 Kiwanis Club meeting. Photo by Brooke Davis
BY BROOKE DAVIS
Jillian Rubio, the new director of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) came to Los Alamos from a very different world (by way of Brooklyn, NY and Tucson AZ), but finds her new job exciting. She spoke at the Los Alamos Kiwanis meeting on Nov. 1.
With her background in environmental education, Rubio’s career has included roles such as Chief Program Officer at the New York City Outward Bound Schools, Director of the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Board Member of the North American Association for Environmental Education, and President of the Arizona Association for Environmental Education.
She joined PEEC in May 2022 and noted that for more than 22 years it has been a part of and central to the community. Despite the recent pandemic, the organization was able to pivot their activities to virtual mode with online programs. She praised the PEEC staff for creating a strong and resilient foundation.
PEEC, a non-profit organization funded by donations, grants, and some support from the county, is working to build membership. It has a new director of volunteer services, a website and newsletter, a gift shop, and a movie schedule. There programs range from “talks to walks”, and, Rubio said, they have recently started a new strategic planning process to take them through the next five years.