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Mayor Tim Keller Announces Resilience and Sustainability Expert from City of New Orleans as Next Environmental Health Director

Appointee brings sustainability and environmental leadership to City.

January 14, 2019

Today Mayor Tim Keller announced Ryan Mast as Albuquerque’s new Environmental Health Department Director. Mast most recently served as the Hazard Mitigation Administrator for the City of New Orleans, and has served as Director of the Office of Resilience and Sustainability for the City.

“We have made sustainability and resilience a major focus of our administration, including bold commitments to make Albuquerque a 100% renewable city by 2030. Knowledgeable, experienced leadership is key to moving Albuquerque towards a sustainable future for our children,” said Mayor Tim Keller.

Mast received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and History at Illinois College in 2002 and a Masters in Latin American Studies in 2007 from Tulane University. Ryan is also a fellow in the WK Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network focusing on Racial Equity.

Director Mast said, “I’m excited to join the City of Albuquerque and support the Mayor’s goals. With Albuquerque’s unique resources and commitment to resilience, there’s no doubt in my mind we can be a national leader when it comes to sustainability.”

Director Mast fills the vacancy left by the retirement of former Director Sandra Begay, who was on loan from Sandia National Laboratories and returned to her post late last year.