A 24-year staffer with National Park Service, Petroglyph National Monument Superintendent Judith Cordova came to Albuquerque, N.M., from Grand Junction, Colo., where she was superintendent of Colorado National Monument. She is the only female Hispanic superintendent in the Park Service.
"We're here. We're here to stay. We're the good guys. We take this
responsibility quite seriously. We take a lot of shots. We're
trying to do the best we can.
"I worry about
being considered an "affirmative action hire." I hope I was hired
for my experience and skills.
"There's nobody who
has ever walked in my shoes before. Sometimes you feel isolated;
you're a target.
"We need to take more
responsibility in our lives, for our career choice. It's not the
job of the National Park Service to make you happy."