New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2002
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Heather Pollard
Executive director of Las Cruces Downtown, Heather Pollard works for a nonprofit organization dedicated to reviving the "Heart of the City" in a volunteer position that she has agreed to serve for 3 years without pay.
Volunteering to help the community for more than 25 years, Pollard also serves the public as a Board Member and membership chair of the local Domestic Violence Shelter.
She teaches Sunday School to developmentally disabled adults and works with the business sector as an active member of both the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and the Hispano Chamber of Commerce.
A patron of local theaters, galleries, and the Las Cruces Symphony, she finds time to improve the quality of life for animals as a board member of the Dona Ana County Humane Society.

From 1981-98, she was executive director of the Dona Ana Arts Council. Here current community activities and affiliations also include being a:

  • Committee member, City of Las Cruces Historic Preservation,
  • Co-chair of the Pioneer Park/Alameda District Neighborhood,
  • Member of the Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library,
  • Member of United Methodist Church,
  • Patron of the American Southwest Theater,
  • Patron of the Las Cruces Community Theater,
  • Patron of the New Mexico State University Art Gallery, and
  • Member of the board for La Casa, a shelter for battered women.

    She was the foundation for the development of the Hospice Program in Las Cruces and also volunteers at Habitat for Humanity. In addition, she was not only the first executive director of the Dona Ana Arts Council (one of the largest in the state), but served in this capacity for 15 years. And, she continues to stay involved and provide assistance to help further the mission and vision for the Arts Council, and the arts and cultural lie of Dona Ana County.