Trace Kliphius is an entrepreneur (CEO, EnviTrace) with a chemical engineering degree and is the CEO of EnviTrace, an R&D startup that develops cutting-edge technology for environmental applications. Trace is also an artist, volunteer mediator and professional coach, perfume maker, and recognized leader with over 20 years of public outreach expertise and technical and management experience. We are honoring Trace’s accomplishments in our 16th Annual Women In Tech Awards! 

Trace’s successful environmental tech start-up, EnviTrace, received a New Mexico Tech Council Flying 40 Award in 2023 for outstanding and innovative work in the tech sector.  

Before successfully launching EnviTrace, Trace was the executive director at the New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee, where she was responsible for every aspect of the operations. She was also the Water  Protection division director at the New Mexico Environment Department; while a division director, she successfully handled numerous issues requiring urgent, complex actions with political and environmental ramifications. Trace was critical in the remediation and response to the Gold King Mine disaster, which threatened the livelihood of several Native American Nations along the San Juan River.

“By enforcing environmental laws and advocating for sustainable energy-utilization practices, I have contributed to cleaner air and water, preserved ecosystems, carbon reduction, and improved public health,” says Trace of her professional impact. “While it may not always be visible, work in environmental regulation has a ripple effect that transcends generations, leaving a lasting legacy of environmental stewardship and a healthier life and work environment for all. 

While at the Environment Department, Trace received the following awards:  

  • Group Achievement Award (2014);  
  • Employee of the Quarter Award (2011); and  
  • a three-time recipient of the Air Quality Bureau Outstanding Achievement Award (2004, 2007, and 2009). 

Trace is also a committed community member and volunteers for a wide variety of organizations. She volunteered as a mediator for New Mexico’s Alternative Dispute Bureau since 2017 and served as a mediator expert panelist—and only woman on the panel—for the State Bar Association with a focus on power issues in mediation. I am a founder and a member of the Regional Interest Group for New Mexico within the Geothermal Rising. EnviTrace, her company, participates in several local volunteer organizations aiming to support grass-roots economic development, including American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico (, Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce (, and New Mexico Minority Business Development Agency Business Center ( Other volunteer activities include: 

  • Founder and Executive Director, Santa Fe Artists in Action, 2019-2021  
  • Board member, Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership, 2015-2018  
  • Santa Fe Public Schools Citizen Review Committee (CRC) Member, 2011-2012  
  • Santa Fe Magistrate Court Mediation Services Volunteer, 2011-2012  
  • Santa Fe Public Schools Task Force Volunteer, 2010-2011  
  • Chairperson, State Employee Recognition Committee, Environment Department, 2005-2006 

Trace is an inspiring, multitalented Woman In Tech and we are so excited to honor her contributions at our Women In Tech Awards Ceremony! Don’t forget to register for the March 13th event. We can’t wait to celebrate these 10 amazing women with you!