PO BOX 6242 
​SANTA FE, NM 87502

 terra-planning team:

​ 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
 Colorado  (1973). 

​ 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.