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Strouse Named Family Policy Advocate of the Year

LAS CRUCES - William T. Strouse, executive director of the Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, was named Family Policy Advocate of the Year by New Mexico State University's Extension home economics and family and consumer sciences departments.


Ann Vail, department head, presented the award during the family and consumer sciences department's centennial celebration April 5.

"Bill has worked tirelessly on behalf of families in this community. He is a true collaborator and brings a variety of people and groups together to focus on families in our community," said Vail.

The award recognizes individuals who have advocated, supported and/or implemented public policies supportive of families, Vail said.

The award recipient is selected from nominations submitted by faculty and alumni of the department.

Strouse oversees the Community Action Agency's food bank, weatherization, emergency outreach, teen parent, child and adult care food and the family strengthening partnership programs. He supervises programs and employees in 19 New Mexico counties.

Strouse is also on the steering committee for the statewide Human Services Coalition, serves as secretary for the board of directors of the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, chairs the advisory board for the Doña Ana County Advocates for Children and Families and serves on the boards of Jardín de los Niños and Hacienda del Sol. He has also been involved with El Caldito Soup Kitchen and St. Luke's Clinic.

In 1999, Strouse was selected as a luminaria by the New Mexico Community Foundation for his work to improve the lives of fellow New Mexicans.

Strouse was the executive director of Southern New Mexico Legal Services from 1980-1987. Prior to that, he worked in the Human Services Department for the State of New Mexico as a welfare worker, social worker, county manager and contract manager. He and his wife, Genevieve, have five children and seven grandchildren.

This is the second year the award was presented. State Sen. J. Paul Taylor was named Family Advocate of the Year in 2000.