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City Announces New Deputy Director of Senior Affairs

Chris Sanchez brings 20 years of experience and a passion for improving the quality of life for older adults

June 16, 2021

The City of Albuquerque announces Chris Sanchez as the new Deputy Director of the Department of Senior Affairs. Sanchez brings more than 20 years of executive leadership and strategic management experience in public, private, and non-profit sectors throughout New Mexico to the role.

“Chris’ success in leveraging community resources and empowering others will be an asset for Albuquerque’s seniors. We’re glad he’s bringing his demonstrated leadership to our far-reaching work to provide resources, programing, and services to our multigenerational community," said Mayor Tim Keller.

Sanchez previously served as the Department Director of Community Services in Santa Fe. 

“During this role, I prided myself in implementing strategic plans that shaped meaningful impact and I look forward to continuing the same practice here for the Albuquerque community,” Sanchez said.

Appointed by the Santa Fe County Assessor, Sanchez served as the Deputy Assessor for the past three years and also has a background in youth corrections and community programming. He was also the director of the Santa Fe County Youth Development Program and previously worked with State of New Mexico’s Family and Community Services.

 “Chris has dedicated his career focusing on improving the quality of life for youth, families and older adults among communities throughout the State of New Mexico for the past 20 years.”  said Anna Sanchez, Director of Senior Affairs.  “I’m excited to have him bring that same compassion towards meeting the evolving needs of Albuquerque’s aging population.”

Sanchez, is born and raised in New Mexico and together with his wife, enjoys spending time with their six adult children and five grandchildren. He succeeds Anthony Romero in the Deputy Director role. Romero, still with the City of Albuquerque, is now the Director of Human Resources.