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OCD Contact List Dated 09/28/2022

Adrienne Sandoval, Director

Adrienne Sandoval was named the Director of the Oil Conservation Division in April of 2019. Prior to the Oil Conservation Division, Ms. Sandoval has deep industry experience and has spent the last several years in the Marathon Petroleum’s Denver office working on federal regulatory affairs and legislative matters. She also worked in the field for the Williams Companies out of Tulsa, OK among other positions. She holds a Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Tulsa.

Tiffany Polak, Deputy Director

Tiffany Wallace Polak was named the Deputy Director of the Oil Conservation Division in April of 2020.  She leads the Engineering and Environmental Bureaus for the Division.  Prior to the Oil Conservation Division, Tiffany worked 20+ years in upstream oil and gas development. Her last role was the Director of Marathon Oil’s Subsurface, Operations and Regulatory groups for the New Mexican assets.  She has worked unconventional shales for the past 10 years but also has experience in Gulf of Mexico and International Development. She holds a Master of Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M, a Masters in Infectious Disease Control Epidemiology from University of Texas Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Professional Zoology from the University of Oklahoma.

Joe Cruz, Bureau Chief, Administrative

Joe Cruz was named Administrative Bureau Chief of the Oil Conservation Division in June of 2022.  Joe has 15+ years in private industry and 10+ years in state government.  His previous positions with the State of New Mexico includes Mortgage Industry Manager with the Regulation and Licensing Department (Financial Institutions Division) as well as Financial Audit Supervisor with the Office of the State Auditor.  His credentials demonstrate extensive knowledge in management, auditing, regulatory compliance and administration. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Financial Management, a Supplementary Major in Law and Society (Pre-Law) and a Minor in Spanish from New Mexico State University.

Brandon Powell, Bureau Chief, Engineering

Brandon Powell was named the Engineering Bureau Chief of the Oil Conservation Division in November of 2020. Brandon has 15+ years with the Division. He started in 2006 as an Environmental Specialist, from there he has been promoted through several positions including an Inspection and Enforcement supervisor, and District Supervisor. In his time with the Division, Brandon has also participated in and been an integral part of multiple Environmental and Engineering related rule makings.

Rosa M. Romero, Bureau Chief, Environmental

Rosa Romero was named the Environmental Bureau Chief of the Oil Conservation Division in April of 2022.  Prior to the Oil Conservation Division, Rosa worked 10+ years in New Mexico regulatory compliance with the New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer in various capacities with a focus on legislative development and building industry partnerships. Originally from Taos, NM, Rosa attended Western New Mexico University with a degree in Professional Zoology.