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Darrell Felipe
TERO Director, Pueblo of Acoma Tribe

Darrell L. Felipe resides and works on the Pueblo of Acoma located 60 miles west of Albuquerque in New Mexico and has been affiliated with Acoma’s Tribal Employment Rights Office for 6 years. He has been instrumental in improving the Pueblo of Acoma’s unemployment problem and has helped well over 50 tribal members gain useful employment with Contractors and their Subs doing business on or near tribal lands. New Mexico currently has only four (4) TERO offices ands continues to advocate to other Pueblos and Tribes, the need, and advantages of establishing TERO offices. Acoma is a member of the Southwest Region Tribal Employment Offices (SWRTERO) for the past 5 years. 

Darrell obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 1997 and followed with a Master of Business Administration in 2002. He has worked with several major companies during his career such as Wells Fargo Bank, New York Life and Fidelity Investments to name a few. Darrell has raised 4 children and has 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. His goal for Acoma TERO is to bring Acoma’s 30% unemployment rate to under 10% in the next 4 years and plans to do this by community outreach and to provide no cost training to tribal members in various occupations such as NCCER certification in Heavy Equipment Operations, CDL Class A & B Licensing readiness, Carpentry, HVAC and other occupational careers.