Mayor's Committee on Disability


Mayor's Committee on Disability

The Mayor's Committee on Disability's purpose is to work with and for people with and without disabilities to ensure access for all by eliminating physical and attitudinal barriers and improving participation in the Santa Fe community for the enrichment of all.  As clarified in City Resolution 2006-151 this advisory committee:

  • Studies issues of disability in regards to City programs, including but not limited to, those in the areas of housing, human rights, employment, recreation, and transportation;
  • Advises the Governing Body regarding City programs that provide services to persons with disabilities, including, without limitation, those in the areas of housing, human rights, employment, recreation, and transportation services and access;
  • Recommends short-range and long-range priorities in those areas of housing, human rights, employment, recreation, and transportation services relating to persons with disabilities;
  • Appoints subcommittees to review and comment on preliminary plans of City public works projects such as any new building, any building repair or remodeling that costs more than $25,000, any new park or recreational facility, any improvement to a park or recreational facility that costs more than $25,000, and any new pedestrian construction that costs more than $10,000;
  • Assists the City in community outreach and education and staff training regarding issues of disability; and
  • Cooperates with other City boards and committees, including, without limitation, those in the areas of housing, human rights, employment, recreation, and transportation.


The nine members of the Mayor's Committee on Disability are appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council.   The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected by the members.  The Chair appoints sub-committees and sub-committee chairs, as needed.  The Committee is also served by one Citizen Advocate.  Our members are:

  • Aurore Bleck
  • Hope Reed
  • Kendra Garcia, Vice-Chair
  • Eli Fresquez
  • Kathlyne Gish, Chair
  • Meriam Jawhar
  • Victor Hughes
  • Angelique Montoya-Chavez
  • Pam J. Parfitt

Meetings (see adopted 2022 schedule below)

The Committee's monthly meetings are open to the public and are currently held via Zoom Webinar on the third Thursday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Meeting dates, agenda and information can be accessed at There is always fifteen minutes of every meeting reserved for public comment.  Individuals planning to make comments are encouraged to notify the ADA Coordinator by phone (505) 955-6654 or by email at: [bot protected email address] in">[bot protected email address] in advance. 

Mayor’s Committee on Disability meeting minutes can be found at the following page by scrolling down to the archived Meetings and from the list of committees, selecting the Mayor's Committee on Disability and then clicking on the three dots to allow a download of the minutes for the specific meeting in pdf format:

Mayor's Committee on Disability Meeting Schedule for 2022 (Dates are subject to change)

1 Thursday, January 20, 2022 10:00AM-12:00PM

2 Thursday, February 17, 2022 10:00AM-12:00PM

3 Thursday, March 17, 2022 10:00AM-12:00PM (CANCELED)

4 Thursday, April 21, 2022 10:00AM-12:00PM

5 Thursday, May 19, 2022 10:00AM-12:00PM

6 Thursday, June 16, 2022 10:00AM-12:00PM

7. Thursday, July 21, 2022 10:00AM-12:00PM (CANCELED)

8 Thursday, August 18, 2022 10:00AM-12:00PM (CANCELED)

9. Thursday, September 15, 2022 10:00AM-12:00PM

10. Thursday, October 20, 2022 10:00AM-12:00PM

11. Thursday, November 17, 2022 10:00AM-12:00PM

12. Thursday, December 15, 2022 10:00AM-12:00PM


CommUNITY Day at Santa Fe Plaza   May 14, 2016

Community day at the SF Plaza

(Guest Larry Lujan), Aurore Bleck, Mary McGinnis, Meriam Jawhar and Dave McQuarie

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