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Dept of Cultural Affairs Appoints New PIO & Communications Director

September 26, 2014

(Santa Fe) New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Secretary Veronica Gonzales is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Ann Hatchitt as the department’s public information officer and director of communications.

“After a diverse career with a proven track record in media, politics, government and as a private business owner, Hatchitt brings a wealth of experience to the job, and equally as important, a deep appreciation for New Mexico and its people,” said Secretary Gonzales.

For the past decade, Hatchitt has worked as a news producer in Albuquerque, most recently as the morning news producer for KRQE News 13.

As a private business owner, Hatchitt’s company Proof Positive Inc. was part of the public information and outreach team for the NM Department of Transportation during the Big I reconstruction.  That team set the national standard for public information campaigns at the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

Hatchitt also served as Associate Commissioner for Public Affairs at the Social Security Administration, where she is credited with saving $1.6 million taxpayer dollars by changing stock on a publication cover, and combining two mandatory mailings.

Hatchitt also served as press secretary to Senator Pete V. Domenici and the Senate Budget Committee in the mid-80s when the federal budget was in the daily spotlight with the 1986 Tax Reform Bill, and deficit reduction measures.

When New Mexico first passed the Native American Gaming compacts, and instituted Alcohol Servers Training in 1996, Hatchitt was the public information officer at the NM Regulation and Licensing Department.

“As stewards of DCA our mission is to make New Mexicans aware of our vast cultural resources while we continue to protect, preserve, and expand them,” said Secretary Gonzales, “Mary Ann will be a key team member as we work to increase the vast economic impact New Mexico’s cultural resources have on employment and the salaries these jobs generate.”

Hatchitt has a bachelor’s of arts degree in Journalism from the University of New Mexico.  She will work for the Department of Cultural Affairs in the Office of the Secretary in Santa Fe starting September 29.

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is New Mexico’s cultural steward and is charged with preserving and showcasing the state’s cultural riches. With its eight museums, eight historic sites, arts, archaeology, historic preservation and library programs, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is one of the largest and most diverse state cultural agencies in the nation. Together, the facilities, programs, and services of the Department support a $5.6 billion cultural industry in New Mexico.

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