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Chief Financial Officer Sanjay Bhakta, CPA, CGFM, CFE, CGMA

Information about Chief Financial Officer Sanjay Bhakta.

CAO Sarita Nair

Chief Financial Officer Sanjay Bhakta, CPA, CGFM, CFE, CGMA.

Sanjay Bhakta was appointed as the City of Albuquerque’s Chief Financial Officer by Mayor Keller in December 2017. Prior to joining the City, Sanjay worked for the New Mexico State Government for 13 years serving in various capacities including Deputy State Auditor under then State Auditor Tim Keller for three years and ASD Director/CFO at the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration for three years. 

Prior to working for the Government, Sanjay had a diverse career in private sector. He started his career in India working for a public accounting firm before moving on to become the Internal Audit Manager at a manufacturing company in Lagos, Nigeria from 1984 till 1988. Sanjay then moved to the United States and worked as the Import Manager for a women’s wear company in New York from 1988 to 1990. He then became the Managing Partner of his family’s business of developing foodservice outlets in New Jersey for thirteen years prior to moving to New Mexico in 2004.

Sanjay is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Government Financial Manager, Certified Fraud Examiner and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He earned his bachelor's degree in Advanced Accounting & Auditing and master’s degree in International Banking and Managerial Accounting from SPU and MSU respectively in India.