Tierra Contenta: A Planned Community, 25 Years in the Making

The Tierra Contenta Corporation is an independent community development 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation founded in 1994 for the sole purpose of owning, planning, and managing a major portion of the Tierra Contenta planned development. 

In the past 25 years, more than 2,300 homes have been built in Tierra Contenta, located at the southwest corner of Santa Fe. 

Tierra Contenta Corporation is responsible for implementing a master plan that was approved by the City of Santa Fe in 1994. It is also responsible for administering design standards for all new construction, and assisting land buyers in obtaining subdivision plat and development plan approvals for each phase of the development. 

In accordance with the original Master Plan, at least 40% of the dwelling units in Tierra Contenta have to be affordable to homebuyers and renters with household incomes at or below 80 percent of the Santa Fe area median income. 

Board of Directors
Tierra Contenta Corporation is a subsidiary of the Santa Fe Community Housing Trust, with its own Board of Directors. 

Alexandra Ladd, President of the Tierra Contenta Board, is Director of the Office of Affordable Housing for the City of Santa Fe. In this position, she works with developers to implement Santa Fe’s inclusionary zoning program, oversees funding allocations from HUD and Santa Fe’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund, manages operational grants provided to local housing services providers, and works with the Governing Body on affordable housing policy issues. 

Kurt Krahn, Vice-president, is the Executive Director of Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity in New Mexico.  His professional work is focused on the importance of fair and safe housing as an ethical responsibility and urban development necessity. Kurt’s interest in community development was heavily influenced while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua where he focused on environmental education and business development.  He has over 20 years of leadership of nonprofits having led and managed affordable housing programs in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Chicago, and New Mexico. 

A. Dion Silva, Member, is President, Santa Fe Region, of Enterprise Bank & Trust.  In his 20+ years of banking, he has overseen commercial, construction, and land development lending.  Dion has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from New Mexico State University.  Dion has been a board member of various non-profits in Santa Fe that support housing, education, health care and youth.

Elizabeth Camacho, Secretary, is the City of Santa Fe’s economic development and communications manager. 

Tamara Baer, Member

Joseph Kunkel, Member

Marissa Ruyle, Member