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About Mayor Tim Keller

Information about the life and career of Mayor Tim Keller and First Lady Elizabeth J. Kistin Keller, PhD.

Mayor Tim Keller

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller.

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As your Mayor, I’m dedicated to making the City of Albuquerque a safe, innovative and inclusive community. This includes returning to community policing, focusing on behavioral health and substance abuse issues, and hiring more front-line police officers and first responders.

My administration is also committed to fulfilling Albuquerque’s enormous potential, by prioritizing job creation, igniting innovation, and fostering broad-based economic growth. For Albuquerque to be successful, we must place increased emphasis on growing the incredible businesses located right here in the City.

There is a lot of work to do. But by pulling together we can tackle our toughest challenges.

Timothy M. Keller

About Mayor Tim Keller

After a successful business career, Tim Keller refocused his professional life on tackling some of the biggest issues facing Albuquerque and New Mexico. Throughout his public service, from State Senator for the International District to New Mexico State Auditor to Mayor of Albuquerque, Tim has consistently challenged the status quo and developed a track record of real impact. Tim became Mayor on Dec. 1, 2017, after garnering 62 percent of the non-partisan election.

Previously, Tim was elected twice to the State Senate in one of the most diverse districts in New Mexico, encompassing Albuquerque's International District. He rose to the position of Majority Whip and successfully sponsored dozens new laws. He also had the distinction of passing the most bipartisan sponsored legislation during his tenure.

In 2014, Tim Keller was elected one of the youngest State Auditors in the country. He created the state’s first Government Accountability Office (GAO) and pushed the office to the forefront of the state’s most critical issues. Responsible for financial oversight of about 1,000 local governments, Tim championed a range of transparency efforts including highlighting billions in idle infrastructure funds, exposing fraudulent actions by elected officials, rebutting the myth of scarcity and tackling the rape kit backlog.

In addition to his public service, Tim spent fifteen years in the private sector, starting with fortune 500 companies and most recently helping Native American governmental financial operations. He also lived for several years in Cambodia where he ran the nation's first IT social enterprise focused on hiring land mine victims and other disadvantaged persons.

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Tim Keller was born and raised in Albuquerque and is an Eagle Scout and Kellogg Foundation Race Equity Fellow. Following graduation from St. Pius X High School, he attended the Notre Dame where he studied Art History. He then went on to earn an MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School.

In his personal time, Keller, former quarterback in high school, still enjoys the game and played for Albuquerque’s professional Arena Football team in their season opener. A heavy metal enthusiast, Keller was profiled as the “#MetalMayor” by the New York Times. Tim is also an advocate for Dyslexia awareness after being diagnosed and re-learning various reading skills as an adult. He lives in Albuquerque with his wife Liz and their two young children, Jack and Maya.

About Elizabeth J. Kistin Keller, PhD

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Born and raised in New Mexico, Elizabeth Kistin Keller received her B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies as a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her Masters and PhD in International Development Studies (a combination of political science, economics and anthropology) as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

Before joining Sandia National Laboratories, Elizabeth spent several years working on water conflict and cooperation in North America, Southern Africa and South and South East Asia. She currently works in Sandia's Systems Research and Analysis Department where she leads key studies and initiatives on strategic foresight, global security dynamics, and policy analysis.

Elizabeth also serves as an adjunct professor in UNM's Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and an affiliate of the Utton Transboundary Resources Center at the UNM School of Law.

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