Forced Resignation Hits National Hispanic Cultural Center

Style Magazine Newswire | 1/9/2019, 1:45 p.m.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico is among the state agencies hit with forced resignations as Gov. Michelle ...
Rebecca Avitia

SantaFeNewMexican.com

The National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico is among the state agencies hit with forced resignations as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham begins her term. Rebecca Avitia, the center’s executive director who is credited with turning around the long-struggling center, was told to resign after Thanksgiving. The new administration declined her offer to stay until a new leader was selected, Avitia said. Lujan Grisham spokesman Tripp Stelnicki said Avitia was an exempt employee and the governor asked all exempt employees to resign. “The new secretary-designate of Cultural Affairs, Debra Garcia y Griego, is now beginning the process of identifying leadership at the NHCC,” Stelnicki said. Avitia told the Associated Press she opted not to reapply for her position after receiving a letter ordering her to resign. She applied for other positions within the Lujan Grisham administration but was not selected, she said.