Jake Caldwell | LOR Foundation
Portrait of
Strategic Initiatives Officer

Jake Caldwell

Taos, New Mexico

While every community that LOR works in is unique, there are some common issues that unite them. Jake’s role as strategic initiatives officer is to listen across LOR’s communities to help surface those issues and to identify tools and resources to help address them.

Jake was born and raised in Taos, New Mexico, where he still resides with his wife and two daughters, and where he served as a program officer for LOR for six years. Jake offers deep community connections and expertise in local government management and land use planning, having served in positions as a municipal and county attorney, county manager and in a private law practice handling complex civil, contract, business, real estate and development matters. Jake has also spent a lot of time traveling in Latin America and Europe, gaining an appreciation for the richness, diversity and uniqueness of different communities throughout the world, and especially, that of the rural Mountain West, an area he’s always returned to.  

Jake has a BA in Biochemistry from Colorado College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Jake is passionate about protecting the way of life he grew up with near Taos, and in other rural landscapes like it. More than anything, Jake loves traveling, playing, skiing, and hiking with his family. 


Taos is my kind of livable because it has so much soul. You can feel it as soon as you drive over the Gorge bridge or crest the last hill after the horseshoe corner, it feels like home, and it’s a community that shows incredible strength and grit whenever any of its members need help. 

My kind of livable is the power of people to endure through challenges and hard times and come out stronger.

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