Chief Administrative Officer Sarita Nair

Information about Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Sarita Nair, JD, MCRP.

CAO Sarita Nair

CAO Sarita Nair, JD, MCRP

Sarita Nair was appointed Chief Administrative Officer by Mayor Tim Keller in December 2017. As CAO, Sarita is the City's top senior executive manager, overseeing all 19 departments of municipal government and a budget of over $1 billion.

Sarita most recently served as the Office of the State Auditor's Chief Government Accountability Officer and General Counsel, where she successfully brought transparency and accountability to a variety of issues in state government, including addressing the statewide sexual assault evidence kit backlog, out-of-state contract spending, pay equity reporting, indigent health care funding and state agency fund balances.

Prior to that, Ms. Nair was a shareholder at the law firm of Sutin, Thayer & Browne, representing private companies and public entities in business and governance matters since 2004. As a business lawyer, she had the opportunity to work for a wide range of small and family businesses across New Mexico, to represent both companies and governments in industrial revenue bond and Local Economic Development Act transactions, and to understand first-hand the challenges of access to capital, succession planning and strategic growth that our local businesses face. Before entering private practice, Sarita clerked for Judge Lynn Pickard at the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

Prior to her law career, Nair worked in the field of international development and consulted on policy initiatives for a number of organizations including the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the New York City Parks and Recreation Department.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Sarita earned her bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University, a master's degree from the University of New Mexico School of Community and Regional Planning, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Her daughter is a graduate of New Mexico State University. Sarita can often be found in the mountains with her Great Dane-Boxer Mix.