M. Jay Mitchell
M. Jay Mitchell is the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM).
Mitchell, a fifth generation New Mexican, retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel after more than 26 years of service.
As Cabinet Secretary, Mitchell oversees and coordinates the state of New Mexico’s efforts for the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery for all hazards, disasters, emergencies and terrorist threats. He also ensures the Department serves as the bridge between State and Federal Government and their role in providing emergency management assistance to the cities, counties, pueblos and tribes across the state.
Mitchell’s military career includes a diverse spectrum of senior leadership, command and intelligence positions at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. He is an executive level advisor trained through the Department of Defense’s Minister of Defense Advisors Program and is experienced in developing and implementing policy, analysis, requirements development and providing executive level advice and counsel to enhance decision-making at the highest levels of government both nationally and internationally. An experienced human capital manager and leader with proven skills in negotiation, mediation, coaching, mentoring and directing, he has a proven record as a person to lead change, resolve issues and build coalitions whether across departments or international boundaries in support of critical security goals.
In addition to an extensive background of professional military training, including U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, Air War College and the Joint War College, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Santa Fe and a Master of Aerospace Science Technology from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
After retiring from his distinguished career in military service, Mitchell returned to Afghanistan to serve as the Senior Advisor to the deputy Minister of Defense for Intelligence before returning to New Mexico and most recently served as the Angel Fire village manager. His wife, Lisa, is also from Santa Fe and they have extensive family ties throughout New Mexico.
DEPUTY CABINET SECRETARY