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Lisa O'Brien

Foundation Director

Lisa O’Brien was raised outside of Detroit Michigan to a family that embraced activism, campaign involvement and volunteering. Upon graduating from college, she worked in both hospital and jail settings as a mental health counselor, that led to her master’s degree study in Social Work, with an emphasis in Community Organizing.

In a leap of faith move, Lisa moved sight unseen, to Taos with her husband Patrick, and son Conner in 1995. Since living in Taos, she has held positions as a Volunteer Coordinator for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, a Crisis Responder for Community Against Violence and Executive Director for Child-Rite. As the Grants Director with TCF, a position she has held since 2007, Lisa knows the challenges our community faces and understands the important role that non-profits play in addressing such needs. Her past experience both in direct service and as an administrator brings an expertise to TCF’s grantmaking process, donor engagement and community collaborations. She foster’s TCF’s growth by supporting donors, consulting with non-profit partners and engaging partnerships between the two.

Lisa is an avid composter, gardener and bee-keeper. When not tending to the “farmette”- she spends time quilting, knitting and reading cooking magazines. She is a member of Taos Milagro Rotary Club, Los Jardineros Garden Club, Taos Native Plant Society, PFLAG and the Taos County Quilting Guild, of which she currently serves as President. She also is a Hospice volunteer. 

Traci Chavez McAdams

Development and Donor Services Coordinator

Traci is the Development and Donor Services Coordinator of Taos Community Foundation. Traci processes incoming gifts and serves as a customer service contact for current and potential donors. She manages special events, press, and communications issues.

Traci was a Kiwanis Lt. Governor of Division 3, for the Southwest District and former President and Treasurer of the local Kiwanis Club. She is also a volunteer with the Garden Club and a former Member of the Anansi Charter School Governance Council.

Thomas Buckley

Director of Finance

With a BA in English Literature and an MBA in Finance, Thomas spent 20 years in as a controller with a number of corporations, both domestically and internationally, before returning to New Mexico. Since his return in 2003, he has focused his attention on not-for-profit organizations, where he can use his experience to support activities that improve the quality of life in our community. Previous organizations with which he has worked provide affordable housing, assistance to the elderly and infirm, services to the developmentally disabled, and support to the literary and visual arts communities in Taos County.