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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
Mayor

About Mayor Tim Keller

After a successful business career, Tim Keller refocused his professional life on tackling some of the biggest challenges facing Albuquerque and New Mexico. Throughout his public service, from State Senator for Albuquerque’s 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 Albuquerque's Mayor on Dec. 1, 2017, after garnering 62 percent of the vote on Nov. 14, 2017.

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 laws on wage retaliation prevention, immigrant protection, community schools, tax incentive reform, and an in-state business preference to create local jobs. 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. His vision for the Auditor's office included developing policies for distributing financial resources throughout the state more equitably and efficiently. He created New Mexico'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 state and local governments, Tim championed a broad 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.

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 University of Notre Dame where he studied Finance and Art History. He then went on to earn an MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School. Tim is also a devotee of heavy metal music and enjoys art, the outdoors and food. He lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Maya and Jack.

About Elizabeth J. Kistin Keller, PhD

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.