COMMUNITY & NATURAL RESOURCE PLANNING
Gretel Follingstad- Partner & Principal Planner
Gretel specializes in strategic and long term planning for natural resources and
community development, with an emphasis on linking land use with water
resources. Gretel holds a BA degree in International Management and Latin
American Studies and a Master of Community and Regional Planning from
the University of New Mexico, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Gretel has broad experience in water resource planning, water conservation,
watershed planning, restoration and management, as well as land use and open
space planning. She has worked for both government agencies and private
organizations. She is proficient in various technical elements including GIS
mapping and ground and surface water modeling. Gretel is highly skilled in
project management, public outreach, public speaking and she is a trained
Gretel was State water planner at the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer for four years, concentrating on both state
and regional water planning. Gretel managed large public outreach efforts including a statewide canvas for the 2009
State Water Plan Update. Gretel also managed various technical projects for the City of Santa Fe Water Division, including
water rights permit compliance, the City’s Water Bank and water level monitoring projects.Gretel is currently on the Santa
Fe Railyard Stewards Board, and Sonoran Institute’s Resilient Communities Starter Kit Advisory Panel.
Gretel is an avid outdoor enthusiast, yoga instructor and Native New Mexican.
Mary Helen Follingstad, AICP, Partner & Principal Planner
MaryHelen has over thirty (30) years of experience in urban and regional
planning. She holds a Master of Community and Regional Planning from the
University of New Mexico (1986), a Master of Arts from Saint John’s College
– Santa Fe (1983), and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of
Mary Helen’s experience includes the Executive Director position for the
Santa Fe City and County Regional Planning Authority [RPA] (2006-2009),
Program Manager for State and Regional Water Planning for the New Mexico
Interstate Stream Commission [ISC] (1997-2006), and the Senior Community
Planner for Santa Fe County (1983-1997). Mary Helen completed the Leadership
Santa Fe course and has been active with New Mexico First. She is a long time
member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
Mary Helen’s expertise has lead to multiple board and commission appointments including a member of the Santa Fe City and County Extraterritorial Zoning Commission and Governor Richardson’s Blue RibbonTask Force on Water and the 1000 Friends Land and Water Group. She is Chair of the American Planning Association - New Mexico Chapter (APA NM) Legislative Policy Action Committee (LPAC). She is also a member of the Museum of New Mexico Women’s Board and is a past president of the Tano Road Association. Mary Helen is a fine artist and a native New Mexican.